Measurements-induced dynamics of a micromaser

P. Meystre, E. M. Wright

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Repeated measurements of the atomic inversion are incorporated in the theory of the micromaser. Two examples of measurements-induced dynamics are presented which display (a) quantum diffusion above a potential barrier and (b) an instability in the form of quantum-mechanical relaxation oscillations. Implications of these results on the study of the quantum-classical interface are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2524-2529
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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