Role of pumping statistics in maser and laser dynamics: Density-matrix approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • We discuss in detail the influence that the statistical properties of the pump source have on maser and laser dynamics. We derive a general master equation for the radiation field that is valid for a wide range of different pump mechanisms. If the pump noise is eliminated, we find that the photon number noise in a micromaser and a laser can be significantly reduced below the shot-noise level. In contrast, the phase fluctuations for both maser and laser are unaffected by the noise contribution of the pump. 1989 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A Gen Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Bergou, J., Davidovich, L., Orszag, M., Benkert, C., Hillery, M., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 87

complete list of authors

  • Bergou, J||Davidovich, L||Orszag, M||Benkert, C||Hillery, M||Scully, MO

publication date

  • November 1989