Emission and absorption properties of atoms in a trapping potential

Peter E. Mackay, Gian Luca Oppo

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We investigate the resonance fluorescence emission and absorption spectra for a one-dimensional harmonically trapped two-level ion. The master equation is used to generate the atomic polarizations from which the spectra are derived. Because of their size, the final density matrix equations are investigated numerically. The calculations are carried out in the Lamb-Dicke limit of tight localization of the ion. Sharp peaks are found to appear in the spectra at frequencies detuned from line centre by steps of the trap frequency. The frequency of the peaks and their superposition with Rabi sidebands above saturation are analysed for a variety of parameter ranges. Moreover, new features of the absorption spectra of a weak probe such as sharp gain regions around the trap sidebands are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1813-1835
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • resonance fluorescence emission spectra
  • resonance fluorescence absorption spectra
  • atomic polarizations


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