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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 8, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2001
  • pp: 59–65

Quantum theory of superluminal pulse propagation

P. W. Milonni, K. Furuya, and R. Y. Chiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 59-65 (2001)

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We consider the propagation in a dielectric medium of radiation emitted by a single-atom source. The source and dielectric atoms are assumed to be two-state systems, and the emitted light is incident on an ideal broadband detector. It is shown that the peak probability for producing a “click” at the detector can occur sooner than it could if there were no material medium between it and the source atom.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Quantum control of photons and matter

Original Manuscript: November 7, 2000
Published: January 15, 2001

Peter Milonni, K. Furuya, and Raymond Chiao, "Quantum theory of superluminal pulse propagation," Opt. Express 8, 59-65 (2001)

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