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Transition Cross Section

  1. Mar 11, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For a laser, assume single mode operation, only lifetime broadening due to A21 and A1. Write out the rate equations for the atomic densitions N1 and N2 and the flux [itex]\Phi[/itex].

    Then there's a diagram where there's 2 stats. Pump rate is P, stimulated emission between 1 and 2 is allowed, and spontaneous emission from 1 to 2 and from 1 to the reservoir.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Below are the rate equations as I have them. My issue is that I don't know how to get the cross section (σ). I can't find it in the book. The example from class was the same as before, but spontaneous decay could happen from both states 2 and 1, and the pump went into both states also. For that case it was [itex]\sigma = \frac{\lambda^2}{\pi}\frac{A_{21}}{A_{21}+A_{2L}+A_{1L}}.[/itex]

    Rate equations:
    [itex]\dot{\Phi}=\Phi \frac{c}{2d}[ln(R_1R_2+2l\sigma(N_2-N_1)][/itex]

    EDIT: I'm not sure if it's clear, but I need cross section in terms of wavelength/frequency and the A coefficients, as those are filled in later with actual numbers.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2014
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  3. Mar 12, 2014 #2
    The cross section was actually given to me, and I just found it, so my problem is solved. I feel like this is something I should be able to figure out though, so if anyone can show how to I'd get to the solution, that'd be cool.
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