Effect of the counterrotating terms on polarizability in atom-field interactions

Da Wei Wang*, Ai Jun Li, Li Gang Wang, Shi Yao ZHU, M. Suhail Zubairy

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The effect of the counterrotating terms on the linear polarizability is investigated, which is responsible for the validity of the optical theorem in all frequency regions. A unitary transformation method is adopted to overcome the difficulty brought in by the counterrotating terms, which yields a rotating-wave-approximation-like Hamiltonian with modified coupling constant due to the counterrotating terms. A simple expression for the polarizability is obtained, which is a sum of resonant (minus sign) and antiresonant (plus sign) parts, and from which the role of the counterrotating terms and quantum interference between the counterrotating terms and rotating terms at far off-resonance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063826
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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