Canonical quantum theory of light propagation in amplifying media

J Jeffers, S M Barnett, R Loudon, R Matloob, M Artoni

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We introduce a quantum theory for the propagation of light through a dielectric slab which acts as a linear amplifier. We show that the theory is canonical, and that self-consistency imposes a natural constraint on the round-trip gain provided by the medium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 1996


  • electromagnetic fields
  • optics
  • quantization
  • dielectrics
  • amplifiers


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