Fluctuations and correlations in quantum-optical systems: An alternative computational approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • We discuss a procedure for the calculation of operator correlation functions that arise frequently in quantum-optics problems. The starting point of our method is the tradiational quantum regression theorem, and its implementation requires only the solution of the master equation for the density operator of the system of interest. An attractive feature of this scheme of calculation is that it offers some distinctive advantages over the conventional Langevin-equations approach or other procedures that rely on the mapping of the density operator into appropriate phase-space distribution functions. Although the practical implementation of this method is likely to require numerical computations for virtually every model of physical interest, the procedure is sufficiently general to allow consideration of both field and atomic correlation functions, as well as multitime expectation values of mixed products of atomic and field operators. In this paper we provide a fairly detailed derivation of the formulas of interest, and illustrate our results with specific examples and tests of the procedure. 1993 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A

author list (cited authors)

  • Manka, A. S., D'Angelo, E. J., Narducci, L. M., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Manka, AS||D'Angelo, EJ||Narducci, LM||Scully, MO

publication date

  • May 1993