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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1985
  • pp: 250–258

Classical and quantum treatment of amplifier and superradiant free-electron laser dynamics

Rodolfo Bonifacio and Federico Casagrande  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 250-258 (1985)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.2.000250


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Abstract

We describe the quantum initiation for free-electron lasers and derive the collective instability threshold starting from the electron position and the momentum quantum fluctuations. We obtain the Glauber distribution P(α) for the field, that is, a displaced Gaussian, which represents the superposition of a coherent field (stimulated emission) and an incoherent one (spontaneous emission). We define and discuss the concept of superradiance for free-electron lasers, both in a classical framework and at a quantum statistical level, stating the conditions under which the effect should be observed.

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History
Original Manuscript: August 1, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 1984
Published: January 1, 1985

Citation
Rodolfo Bonifacio and Federico Casagrande, "Classical and quantum treatment of amplifier and superradiant free-electron laser dynamics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 250-258 (1985)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-2-1-250


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