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Vladilen Letokhov and Sveneric Johansson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548279.001.0001

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Elements of Radiative Qantum Transition

Elements of Radiative Qantum Transition

(p.12) 2 Elements of Radiative Qantum Transition
Astrophysical Lasers

Vladilen Letokhov

Sveneric Johansson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some basic elements of the theory of radiative quantum transitions in a two-level system, which are needed to describe the properties of astrophysical lasers as well as their distinctions from astrophysical masers and laboratory lasers. Topics discussed include spontaneous and stimulated emissions, broadening of spectral lines, and resonance scattering of radiation.

Keywords:   astrophysical lasers, astrophysical masers, emission, spectral lines, resonance scattering, radiation

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