Generation and Detection of Subpoissonian Fields in Micromasers

  • P. Meystre
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 190)


Subpoissonian fields, and in particular number states of the electromagnetic field, exhibit intensity fluctuations below the classical limit. The last few years have witnessed considerable interest in the generation of such states. To our knowledge, the first observation of subpoissonian fields was performed by Short and Mandel1 in single-atom resonance fluorescence, following a prediction of Carmichael and Walls.2 More recently, Saleh and Teich3 and Walker and Jakeman4 have produced subpoissonian fields by using antibunched electron sources and detection-event-triggered deadtimes in light beams, respectively. An important technological breakthrough was achieved by Machida et al,5 who demonstrated subpoissonian (or intensity squeezed) fields in a pump-noisesuppressed semiconductor laser. This method is closely related to the generation of subpoissonian light in a micromaser6 as well as to the recent proposal of a squeezed-pump laser by Marte and Walls.7 High number states of the electromagnetic field were recently generated by Walther8 following a prediction by Filipowicz et al.9


Number State Cavity Mode Photon Number Photon Statistic Pump Parameter 
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  • P. Meystre
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  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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