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Optical bistability and photon statistics in cavity quantum electrodynamics

Rempe, G. and Thompson, R. J. and Brecha, R. J. and Lee, W. D. and Kimble, H. J. (1991) Optical bistability and photon statistics in cavity quantum electrodynamics. Physical Review Letters, 67 (13). pp. 1727-1730. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.67.1727.

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The quantum statistical behavior of a small collection of N two-state atoms strongly coupled to the field of a high-finesse optical cavity is investigated. Input-output characteristics are recorded over the range 3 less-than-or-similar-to N less-than-or-similar-to 65, with bistability observed for N greater-than-or-similar-to 15 intracavity atoms and for a saturation photon number n0 congruent-to 0.8. For weak excitation the transmitted field exhibits photon antibunching as a nonclassical manifestation of state reduction and quantum interference with the magnitude of the nonclassical effects largely independent of N.

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Additional Information:©1991 The American Physical Society. Received 28 June 1991. This work was supported by the NSF (PHY-9014547), the ONR (N00014-90-J-1058), and Venture Research International, and by a Robert A. Millikan Fellowship (G. R.). We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Dr. J. L. Hall and Z. Hu.
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