Master Equations in the Theory of Incoherent and Coherent Spontaneous Emission

  • G. S. Agarwal
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The subject of spontaneous emission is a very old one. Recently this has received a whole new momentum because it has become possible to observe some of the peculiar phenomena associated with it. Of particular interest is the phenomenon of superradiance which was discovered by Dicke [1] in 1954. He found that the radiation rate from a collection of identical two-level atoms or molecules is, under certain circumstances depending on the excitation of the system, proportional to the square of the number of atoms. Dicke employed the second order perturbation theory to calculate the characteristics of the emitted radiation. We would, of course, like a description which enables us to calculate time dependent statistical properties.


Master Equation Spontaneous Emission Atomic System Black Body Radiation Radiation Rate 
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  • G. S. Agarwal
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  1. 1.Universität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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