Abstract

The two-photon absorption process is studied by considering the interaction of a quantized single-mode field with an effective two-level atom through intermediate states. The equations of motion of the coupled atom–field probability amplitudes for the effective two-level atom are obtained after adiabatically eliminating the intermediate states. These equations are then solved in the rotating-wave approximation. The time constants associated with the Rabi oscillation, collapse, and revival of the atomic inversion are derived, and the photon statistics are discussed with special reference to photon antibunching.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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