The QASER revisited: insights gleaned from analytical solutions to simple models Academic Article uri icon


  • Lasers and masers typically require population inversion. But with phase coherent atoms (phasers), we get lasing without inversion (e.g. 10% of the atoms excited). However, in recent work we found that it is possible to get coherent light emitted with no atoms excited, via Quantum Amplification of Superradiant Emission of Radiation (QASER). In particular, we found that by utilizing collective superradiant emission, we can generate coherent light at high frequency in the UV or x-ray bands by driving the atomic system with lower frequency source. Here, we present a simple analysis based on near-resonant QASER operation and on a multiphoton Hamiltonian obtained by, e.g. a canonical transformation. 2014 Astro Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • September 2014