Interference of Spontaneously Emitted Photons

  1. Dr. Dietrich Papenfuß2,
  2. Professor Dr. Dieter Lüst3 and
  3. Professor Dr. Wolfgang P. Schleich4
  1. Almut Beige,
  2. Christian Schön and
  3. Jiannis Pachos

Published Online: 29 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch22

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

How to Cite

Beige, A., Schön, C. and Pachos, J. (2002) Interference of Spontaneously Emitted Photons, in 100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact (eds D. Papenfuß, D. Lüst and W. P. Schleich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany

  2. 3

    Humboldt Universität, Institut für Physik, Germany

  3. 4

    Universität Ulm, Abteilung f. Quantenphysik, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany

Author Information

  1. Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, D-85748 Garching, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 27 AUG 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527403929

Online ISBN: 9783527610853



  • quantum physics;
  • Interference of Spontaneously Emitted Photons;
  • two laser-driven atoms;
  • spatial interference pattern;
  • classical double-slit experiment


We discuss an experimental setup where two laser-driven atoms spontaneously emit photons and each and every photon causes a “click” at a point on a screen. By deriving the probability density for an emission into a certain direction from basic quantum mechanical principles we predict a spatial interference pattern. Similarities and differences with the classical double-slit experiment are discussed.