Destruction of quantum coherence in a micromaser by finite detection efficiency

Pierre Meystre, John J. Slosser

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We discuss the relative effects of selective and nonselective atomic measurements on the "quantum purity" of a single mode field. This is a model for non-unit detection efficiency in a micromaser. We show that the quantum mixing associated with non- selective measurements imposes strong limitations on the detection efficiency that can be tolerated if quantum coherences are to be generated and detected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 15 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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