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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Sep. 15, 1997
  • pp: 152–159

Local field effects in multicomponent media

Michael E. Crenshaw, Kay U. Sullivan, and Charles M. Bowden  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 6, pp. 152-159 (1997)

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We investigate local-field effects in nonlinear optical materials composed of two species of atoms. One species of atom is assumed to be near resonance with an applied field and is modeled as a two-level system while the other species of atom is assumed to be in the linear regime. If the near dipole-dipole interaction between two-level atoms is negligible, the usual local- field enhancement of the field is obtained. For the case in which near-dipole-dipole interactions are significant due to a high density of two-level atoms, local-field effects associated with the presence of a optically linear material component lead to local-field enhancement of the near dipole-dipole interaction, intrinsic cooperative decays, and coherence exchange processes.

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(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

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Focus Issue: Local field effects

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1997
Published: September 15, 1997

Michael Crenshaw, Kay Sullivan, and Charles Bowden, "Local Field Effects in Multicomponent Media," Opt. Express 1, 152-159 (1997)

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