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Resonance fluorescence in intense laser fields

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We consider the resonance fluorescence of a two-level atom in a vacuum with a high intensity driving field, such that the Rabi frequency of the field is non-negligible up to frequencies comparable to the transition frequency of the atom. At these high intensities, the conventional rotating wave approximation cannot be applied to the atom-laser Hamiltonian and the modal densities of the vacuum at the dressed transition frequencies differ significantly from each other. On treating the counter-rotating part of the Hamiltonian as a perturbation and carrying out the Weisskopf-Wigner approximation in the dressed states basis, we find that the high driving intensity leads to significant deviations from the traditional Mollow resonance fluorescence spectrum. In particular we find unequally intense Mollow side-bands and that the generation of higher order triplets and harmonics is substantially enhanced by the high vacuum modal density at the corresponding high resonance frequencies.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 10, 2000

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