The observation of no photons emitted by a fluorescing multilevel atom dramatically affects its future evolution. This collapse of the quantum state due to measurements with a null result is the cause of intermittent atomic fluorescence even when the exciting field is arbitrarily coherent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review A|
|State||Published - 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics