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© 2018 American Physical Society. This paper models light scattering through flat surfaces with finite transmission, reflection, and absorption rates, with wave packets approaching the mirror from both sides. While using the same notion of photons as in free space, our model also accounts for the presence of mirror images and the possible exchange of energy between the electromagnetic field and the mirror surface. To test our model, we derive the spontaneous decay rate and the level shift of an atom in front of a semitransparent mirror as a function of its transmission and reflection rates. When considering limiting cases and using standard approximations, our approach reproduces well-known results but it also paves the way for the modeling of more complex scenarios.
Author(s): Furtak-Wells N, Clark LA, Purdy R, Beige A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Physical Review A
Online publication date: 13/04/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2018
ISSN (print): 2469-9926
ISSN (electronic): 2469-9934
Publisher: American Physical Society
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