Quantum theory of laser and optical-bistability instabilities. Academic Article uri icon


  • We present the first reported fully quantum-mechanical theory of laser/optical-bistability instabilities that shows how cavity side modes grow from spontaneous emission. Because of three-wave mixing, a two-peaked spontaneous-emission spectrum is obtained in contrast to the three-peaked spectrum of resonance fluorescence. The theory is a multimode extension of Scully-Lamb theory that shows how population pulsations, combination tones, mode locking, and phase conjugation occur with quantum-mechanical fields.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Sargent Iii, M., Zubairy, M. S., & Demartini, F.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Sargent Iii, M||Zubairy, MS||Demartini, F

publication date

  • February 1983