We study the light generated by spontaneous emission into a mode of a cavity QED system under weak excitation of the orthogonally polarized mode. Operating in the intermediate regime of cavity QED with comparable coherent and decoherent coupling constants, we find an enhancement of the emission into the undriven cavity mode by more than a factor of 18.5 over that expected by the solid angle subtended by the mode. A model that incorporates three atomic levels and two polarization modes quantitatively explains the observations.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2007
Published: March 19, 2007
M. L. Terraciano, R. Olson Knell, D. L. Freimund, L. A. Orozco, J. P. Clemens, and P. R. Rice, "Enhanced spontaneous emission into the mode of a cavity QED system," Opt. Lett. 32, 982-984 (2007)