We study collective spontaneous emission from arbitrary distributions of N two-state atoms using quantum trajectory theory and without an a priori single-mode assumption. Assuming a fully excited initial state, we calculate the angular distribution of the average intensity, focusing on pencil- and disc-shaped samples. The formalism is developed around an unravelling of the master equation in terms of source mode quantum jumps. A modified boson approximation is made to treat the many-atom case, where it is found that strong directional superradiance with shot-to-shot fluctuations occurs for a few hundred to a few thousand atoms.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2004|