Bruno Laburthe-Tolra, Ziyad Amodjee, Benjamin Pasquiou, Martin Robert-de-Saint-Vincent
SciPost Phys. Core 6, 015 (2023) ·
published 20 March 2023
We propose a minimalistic model to account for the main properties of a continuous superradiant laser, in which a beam of atoms crosses the mode of a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity, and collectively emits light into the cavity mode. We focus on the case of weak single atom - cavity cooperativity, and highlight the relevant regime where decoherence due to the finite transit time dominates over spontaneous emission. We propose an original approach where the dynamics of atoms entering and leaving the cavity is described by a Hamiltonian process. This allows deriving the main dynamical equations for the superradiant laser, without the need for a stochastic approach. We derive analytical conditions for a sustained emission and show that the ultimate linewidth is set by the fundamental quantum fluctuations of the collective atomic dipole. We calculate steady-state values of the two-body correlators and show that the continuous superradiant regime is tied to the growth of atom-atom correlations, although these correlations only have a small impact on the laser linewidth.
A. Bayerle, S. Tzanova, P. Vlaar, B. Pasquiou, F. Schreck
SciPost Phys. 1, 002 (2016) ·
published 22 October 2016
We present a frequency-shifted feedback (FSF) laser based on a tapered
amplifier. The laser operates as a coherent broadband source with up to 370GHz
spectral width and 2.3us coherence time. If the FSF laser is seeded by a
continuous-wave laser a frequency comb spanning the output spectrum appears in
addition to the broadband emission. The laser has an output power of 280mW and
a center wavelength of 780nm. The ease and flexibility of use of tapered
amplifiers makes our FSF laser attractive for a wide range of applications,
especially in metrology.