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Photon Statistics of the Chaotic Regime of the Maxwell-Bloch Equations

  • P. Drazin
  • S. C. Hawkins
  • J. N. Elgin
  • E. Jakeman
  • Sarben Sarkar
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Abstract

The photon counting distribution of a single mode laser working well above threshold in the chaotic regime is compared with the traditional “chaotic” distribution of thermal light. Substantial differences are found. In addition the correlation functions g(1)(τ) and g(2)(τ) are calculated which display quite different time scales. These are interpreted in terms of properties of unstable fixed points. A phenomenological model for the electrical field amplitude as a product of randomly phased sine waves is suggested as being compatible with the limited numerical data that has been obtained.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Drazin
    • 1
  • S. C. Hawkins
    • 1
  • J. N. Elgin
    • 2
    • 3
  • E. Jakeman
    • 2
  • Sarben Sarkar
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MathematicsUniversity of BristolBristolEngland
  2. 2.Theoretical Physics SectionRoyal Signals and Radar EstablishmentGreat Malvern, WorcsEngland
  3. 3.Physics DepartmentImperial CollegeLondonEngland

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