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Investigation concerning the radiation behaviour of an elementary dipole transition
Author(s): E. H. Berloffa
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Paper Abstract

The irradiance of an atomic dipole transition -screened at microscopic distances from its origin- reveals interesting details not always evident when dealing with light phenomena. The basis of this investigations are pure classical. The HERTZ vector- formalism was used (BORN & WOLF). The special features of the electrodynamics radiation behaviour of such an atomic transition solely became evident when generally made disregards were suspended. However, the complexity of the originating equations forced one to treat the problem numerically. All computations were done due to a dipole elongation of 0,1Å with an oscillation frequency corresponding to the YAG-laser wavelength, λY = 1,064 μm. Strikingly a Fourier analysis of the irradiance (Poynting vector) doesn't replicate this frequency, moreover, it reveals harmonics. Up to ~ 0,1 μm the fourth harmonic dominates, second harmonic is also appearing albeit at a minor amount. Beyond 0,1 μm fourth and second harmonic exchange their appearance. Up to 100nm from the dipole centre sixth and eighth harmonics are also present but at minor strengths. Outside the source centre the optical field is perceived as light wave and practically, instead of the presumed YAG wavelength, we measure double this frequency, namely green light. At distances below 0,1 μm the fourth harmonic prevails being capable of performing a two photon absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 812113 (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892006
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E. H. Berloffa, Leopold-Franzens-Univ. Innsbruck (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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