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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 1998
  • pp: 378–390

Weisskopf-Wigner decay of excited oscillator states

Stig Stenholm and Kalle-Antti Suominen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 9, pp. 378-390 (1998)

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We investigate the analogy between exponential decay of a quantum system into a continuum, and laser-induced excitation of a molecular wave packet. We find that the analogy exists, but it is not as clear-cut for the excited vibrational states of the electronic molecular ground state, as it is for the corresponding vibrational ground state.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

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Focus Issue: Control of loss and decoherence in quantum systems

Original Manuscript: November 14, 1997
Published: April 27, 1998

Stig Torsten Stenholm and Kalle-Antti Suominen, "Weisskopf-Wigner decay of excited oscillator states," Opt. Express 2, 378-390 (1998)

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