Polarization correlated-emission laser and the influence of pump statistics. Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose a new kind of correlated-spontaneous-emission laser in which the electromagnetic field is driven by coherently prepared atoms. Such a system constitutes a very simple correlated-emission scheme in that it involves only single-photon transitions, whereas all previous studies were based on correlated photon pairs. We find that for low intensities the fluctuations in the photon number can be reduced below the standard limit while the phase noise is unaffected by the atomic coherence. However, the amount of noise reduction crucially depends on the fluctuations of the pump mechanism. In the high-intensity limit the photon-number fluctuations can be reduced even further. It is possible to achieve a complete quenching of the spontaneous-emission noise and even squeezing, depending on the atomic coherence and the statistical properties of the pump mechanism. Additionally we find a large reduction in the phase fluctuations. In contrast to the amplitude noise, this reduction is independent of the pump noise. 1990 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A

author list (cited authors)

  • Benkert, C., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Benkert, C||Scully, MO

publication date

  • September 1990