Observations of the oscillatory exchange of excitation between N two-state atoms and a single mode of a high-finesse optical cavity are reported in a regime of weak-field excitation and of comparable atomic and cavity damping rates. The observed frequencies of oscillation, approximately given by <i>g√N</i>, where g is the single-photon Rabi frequency, are in reasonable agreement with theoretical predictions.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
R. J. Brecha, L. A. Orozco, M. G. Raizen, Min Xiao, and H. J. Kimble, "Observation of oscillatory energy exchange in a coupled-atom—cavity system," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2329-2339 (1995)