Quantum theory of the micromaser: Symmetry breaking via off-diagonal atomic injection.
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We propose and analyze an experiment in which atoms in a coherent superposition of atomic states are injected into a high-Q maser cavity. We show that the symmetry of the field in the cavity is ''broken'' in the same way as results from a classical signal injected into a laser cavity. This broken symmetry can be detected by monitoring the atomic excitation of a probe atom. 1986 The American Physical Society.
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Krause, J., Scully, M. O., & Walther, H.
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Krause, J||Scully, MO||Walther, H