High Order Coherence Functions and Spectral Distributions as Given by the Scully-Lamb Quantum Theory of the Laser Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose and demonstrate a method for measuring the time evolution of the off-diagonal elements n,n+k(t) of the reduced density matrix obtained from the quantum theory of the laser. The decay rates of the off-diagonal matrix element n,n+k(t) (k = 2,3) are measured for the first time and compared with that of n,n+1(t), which corresponds to the linewidth of the laser. The experimental results agree with the Scully-Lamb quantum theory of the laser.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Peng, T., Zhao, X., Shih, Y., & Scully, M. O.

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  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Peng, Tao||Zhao, Xingchen||Shih, Yanhua||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • April 2021