Abstract

The rates of spontaneous emission and stimulated emission and absorption for a two-level atom in a dielectric microsphere are calculated for weak E1 coupling. The A coefficient for spontaneous emission is proportional to the zero-point fluctuation of the electric field ij evaluated in the previous paper [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 4, 1995 ( 1987)], which shows sharp resonances in frequency (Q > 104). It is verified that the ratio of the A and B coefficients is determined by the spectral density of thermal radiation. The level shift tends to repel the transition line away from the cavity resonance.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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