Micromaser line broadening without photon exchange
Institut für Physik, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
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We perform a calculation of the linewidth of a micromaser, using the master equation and the quantum regression approach. A `dephasing' contribution is identified from pumping processes that conserve the photon number and do not appear in the photon statistics. We work out examples for a single-atom maser with a precisely controlled coupling and for a laser where the interaction time is broadly distributed. In the latter case, we also assess the convergence of a recently developed uniform Lindblad approximation to the master equation; it is relatively slow.
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