Abstract

In the presence of a high-finesse cavity, the resonance fluorescence spectrum can be altered by stimulated emission and multiwave mixing processes. We show that under some conditions it is possible for spontaneous emission to induce conjugate fields similar to semiclassical phase conjugation, requiring the use of the multiwave quantum theory described in earlier papers in this series. The theory is applicable to laser spectroscopy and optical bistability. We present explicit spectra and suggest possible experimental tests. In particular we find a quantum limit for FM spectroscopy that shows that even if the medium under study leaves the FM phase and amplitude relationships intact according to semiclassical theory, spontaneous emission can create an AM component detectable in a square-law detector.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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