Spontaneous emission from a driven Doppler line
A previously developed theory of spontaneous emission from driven systems has been applied to the case of a Doppler broadened gas of two level atoms radiating into free space. The power spectrum of those photons radiated nearly parallel to the propagation vector of the driving field is predicted to differ from that of the undriven system. The case of zero attenuation coefficient (population equality in the two resonance levels) and the driving field tuned to the center of the Doppler line, is investigated in particular. When the saturation parameter is large there is strong suppression, in an interval about the central frequency comparable to the saturated width, of the spontaneous emission whose spectral components are phased for amplitude modulation relative to the driving field. An amount of power equal to that suppressed, but with spectral components phased for phase modulation relative to the driving field, is radiated in an interval about the central frequency comparable to the homogeneous width.