Higher-order mutual coherence of optical and matter waves

G. A. Prataviera, J. Zapata, P. Meystre

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We use an operational approach to discuss ways to measure the higher-order cross correlations between optical and matter-wave fields. We pay particular attention to the fact that atomic fields actually consist of composite particles that can easily be separated into their basic constituents by a detection process such as photoionization. In the case of bosonic fields, that we specifically consider here, this leads to the appearance in the detection signal of exchange contributions due to both the composite bosonic field and its individual fermionic constituents. We also show how time-gated counting schemes allow to isolate specific contributions to the signal, in particular involving different orderings of the Schrödinger and Maxwell fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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