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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sargent, M., DeMartini, F., & Zubairy, M. S.

publication date

  • January 1, 1983 11:11 AM