Quantum Theory of an Optical Maser. III. Theory of Photoelectron Counting Statistics Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper we determine the photoelectron counting statistics produced by the fully quantum-mechanical laser considered in the first paper of this series. The problem of obtaining the photocount distribution from the now known photon statistics is solved in a completely quantum-mechanical fashion. The time evolution of the combined photodetector-laser system is derived. The techniques developed for the solution of this problem are of general interest in the area of nonequilibrium quantum statistical dynamics. 1969 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review

author list (cited authors)

  • SCULLY, M. O., & LAMB, W. E.

citation count

  • 153

complete list of authors


publication date

  • March 1969