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Possibility of Direct Observation of Quantum Jumps

Cook, Richard J. and Kimble, H. J. (1985) Possibility of Direct Observation of Quantum Jumps. Physical Review Letters, 54 (10). pp. 1023-1026. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:COOprl85

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Abstract

In a single-atom double-resonance experiment involving a strong and a weak transition, quantum jumps on the weak transition cause the fluorescence of the strong transition to turn on and off abruptly. The fluorescence is off when the weak transition is excited and on when it is not. Thus quantum jumps on the weak transition can be directly monitored by observation of the random telegraph signal radiated by the strong transition. We present here a simple theory of this effect for the case of incoherent excitation.


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Additional Information:©1985 The American Physical Society. Received 3 December 1984. The authors are pleased to thank Bruce W. Shore for an enlightening discussion on random telegraph signals. This work was supported in part by a National Science Foundation grant.
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