# Stimulated emission per second per atom?

## Homework Statement

We are investigating hydrogen in a plasma with the temperature 4500 ºC. Calculate the probability per atom and second for stimulated emission from 2p to 1s if the lifetime of 2p is 1.6 ns

## Homework Equations

$\rho (f) = \frac{8* \pi h}{c^3}\frac{1}{e^{\frac{hf}{kT}} -1}$ (1)

Einstein coefficients :
$A=\frac{8 \pi f^3 h}{c^3} B$ (2)

## The Attempt at a Solution

I can take the inverse of the life-time to get A. Then I can just solve for B. Using that $\lambda = 1.251*10^{-7}$ (which I looked up).

I seek a unit that is per second per atom. Which I can't really get my head around.

I try to play around with the frequency density (1) but fail to find per atom. When I get "per atom" I can just multiply that with A.

Any tipps here?

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Finding B as you describe is fine. Planck’s radiation law which you show will also be necessary. You are almost there. What is B good for? How is it used? Do you perhaps see it in a differential equation relating the rate of stimulated emission to the upper state population density? What must be the units of the coefficient on the upper state population density?

• Philip Land
Finding B as you describe is fine. Planck’s radiation law which you show will also be necessary. You are almost there. What is B good for? How is it used? Do you perhaps see it in a differential equation relating the rate of stimulated emission to the upper state population density? What must be the units of the coefficient on the upper state population density?
Thank you!

I figured out how to solve this. I wanted the unit $s^-1$. (Which also A gave so i'm not sure I undertand the theory here). But evaluating the units I see that if I multiply B (which I can get if I know $f$, which I can get from the Bohr model) by the frequency density I get the rate of stimulated emission per atom per second. So $B * \rho$ is what I was seeking.

• Cutter Ketch