Lasing without Inversion : An Experimental Reality

  • Dmitri E. Nikonov
  • Marlan O. Scully
  • Edward S. Fry
  • Leo W. Hollberg
  • Mikhail D. Lukin
  • G. G. Padmbandu
  • George R. Welch
  • Alexander S. Zibrov
Conference paper

Abstract

Lasing without inversion (LWI) [1] opens new horizons for laser physics not only because it overcomes a commonly accepted limitation for lasers, but also because it provides a new tool in the quest for ultra-violet and X-ray lasers. As one moves towards higher frequencies of lasers, the rate of spontaneous emission grows as the third power of frequency, so the pumping power required to create inversion scales as the forth power of frequency. LWI significantly decreases pumping power requirements and allows lasing with much higher frequency to the ground state (since otherwise it is difficult to create inversion).

Keywords

Coherence Boulder Coupler Acoustics Mandel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitri E. Nikonov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marlan O. Scully
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Edward S. Fry
    • 1
    • 2
  • Leo W. Hollberg
    • 3
  • Mikhail D. Lukin
    • 1
  • G. G. Padmbandu
    • 2
  • George R. Welch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexander S. Zibrov
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Texas Laser LabHouston Advanced Research CenterThe WoodlandsUSA
  3. 3.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyBoulderUSA
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany

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