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Stimulated emission.

  1. Mar 14, 2013 #1
    I am having trouble understand why 96a7c20a95aa3406b6f4840982c7d586.png is true I would think that the rate in which N2 is changing is the rate of stimulated emission and spontanous emission together. Why is it just the rate of stimulated emission

    It is in the mathematical model section
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  3. Mar 14, 2013 #2

    Jano L.

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    That's because the article is about stimulated emission only. The spontaneous emission is neglected.
  4. Mar 14, 2013 #3
    Why can we neglect spontaneous emission?
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    There are some systems where spontaneous emission can be neglected, and some where this is not possible. The article considers the first type only.
  6. Apr 3, 2013 #5
    Actually, it's not that we neglect spontaneous emission in this case, it's that *we don't consider it* by definition, because we are computing the rate of decay by stimulated emission only.

    If we consider *all 3 processes happening*, as it happens in every real system, then dN2/dt is:

    dN2/dt = -N2 A21 - N2B21 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]) + N1B12 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]).

    The 3 coefficients A21, B21 and B12 are defined by the relations:

    1. Spontaneous emission dN2/dt = -A21N2
    2. Stimulated emission dN2/dt = -B21N2 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex])
    3. Absorption: dN1/dt = -B12N1 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex])

    To find the relationship between the 3 coefficients we can consider a system at thermodynamic aequilibrium, in which ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]) is that of the blackbody:

    ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]) = 8πh[itex]\nu[/itex]3/c3 * 1/{exp(h[itex]\nu[/itex]/kT)-1}

    and in which N2/N1 is given by Boltzmann' statistic:

    N2/N1 = exp{-(E2-E1)/kT} = exp{-h[itex]\nu[/itex]/kT}.

    At the aequilibrium, dN2/dt = 0 (as well as dN1/dt) so:

    0 = -N2 A21 - N2B21 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]) + N1B12 ρ([itex]\nu[/itex])

    Substituting the relations for ρ([itex]\nu[/itex]) and N2/N1 and understanding that the coefficients don't have to depend on T, it's easy to find:

    i) A21 = 8πh[itex]\nu[/itex]3/c3
    ii) B12 = B21
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
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