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Altered branching ratios and relaxation oscillations in superfluorescent cascades

W. A. Molander and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

J. Phys. B 15, 2109 (1982).


A non-linear rate equation describing superfluorescence in many-level systems is presented. It is shown that when a large atomic population is excited into Rydberg levels the cascade back to lower levels by cooperative spontaneous emission leads to a number of new effects including "trapping" of population in excited states, alteration of branching ratios, truncation of superfluorescent pulses and multiple pulsing of a single transaction.


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