## ABSTRACT

In Chap. 1 we introduced the Schrodinger equation and gave solutions for a number of simple cases. The general solution was then obtained by a linear superposition of these solutions. In our work, we are particularly concerned with the way in which atomic systems interact with electromagnetic radiation. These systems are still described by wave functions given by superpositions of simple solutions, but the expansion coefficients Cn (probability amplitudes) become functions of time. In this chapter we derive equations of motion for the expansion coefficients using Schrddinger’s equation and introduce the electric-dipole interaction energy. Then, specializing to a two-level system and a monochromatic electromagnetic field, we solve the equations of motion both by time-dependent perturbation theory and by the more exact Rabi method.