The microscopic maser

P. Filipowicz, J. Javanainen, P. Meystre

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We present the theory of a truly microscopic maser, and show that it exhibits novel features not associated with masers and lasers generally. In particular, it usually does not produce coherent radiation. The coherence of the field in conventional masers and lasers originates from incoherent averages which smear out quantum details of the field-matter interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 1986

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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