Quantum Rabi oscillation: A direct test of field quantization in a cavity.

  title={Quantum Rabi oscillation: A direct test of field quantization in a cavity.},
  author={Brune and Schmidt-Kaler and Maali and Dreyer and Hagley and Raimond and Haroche},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={76 11},
We have observed the Rabi oscillation of circular Rydberg atoms in the vacuum and in sm coherent fields stored in a high Q cavity. The signal exhibits discrete Fourier components at frequenc proportional to the square root of successive integers. This provides direct evidence of field quantiz in the cavity. The weights of the Fourier components yield the photon number distribution in the fi This investigation of the excited levels of the atom-cavity system reveals nonlinear quantum featur… CONTINUE READING

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