Connection between microscopic and macroscopic maser theory. Academic Article uri icon


  • We show that the steady-state photon-number distribution of the microscopic maser can be recovered using the standard macroscopic quantum laser theory. We introduce an appropriate limit of weak pump and weak photon damping to make the connection between the microscopic and the macroscopic quantum theory of laser operation. Simple analytic formulas describe the main features of the stationary photon-number distribution in the microscopic maser. 1987 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A Gen Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Lugiato, L. A., Scully, M. O., & Walther, H.

citation count

  • 181

complete list of authors

  • Lugiato, LA||Scully, MO||Walther, H

publication date

  • July 1987