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Transient theory of cavity-modified spontaneous emission

Jonathan Parker and C. R. Stroud, Jr.

Phys. Rev. A 35, 4226 (1987).


We present a numerical and analytical study of a multimode Jaynes-Cummings model describing the spontaneous decay of a single atom in a high-Q cavity. The theory of cavity-modified spontaneous emission is discussed in terms of quantities that have clear physical interpretations: the photon wave packet radiated by the atom, its reflection by the cavity boundaries, and its reabsorption by the atom. Multimode corrections to the single-mode Jaynes-Cummings model are calculated. The multimode corrections are formulated in terms of quantities that may be calculated by solving the single-mode equations of motion.


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