## Linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of a decoherent two-level system

The linear and nonlinear dynamical susceptibilities of a two-level system are calculated as it undergoes a transition to a decoherent state. Analogously to the Glover-Tinkham-Ferrell sum rule of superconductivity, spectral weight in the linear susceptibility is continuously transferred from a finite frequency resonance to nearly zero frequency, corresponding to a broken symmetry in the thermodynamic limit. In this respect, the behavior of the present model (the Mermin model) differs from the spin-boson model. The third order nonlinear susceptibility, corresponding to two-photon absorption, has an unexpected nonmonotonic behavior as a function of the environmental coupling, reaching a maximum within the decoherentmore »