Stochastic Approach to the Quantum Noise of a Single-Emitter Nanolaser

Matias Bundgaard-Nielsen, Emil Vosmar Denning, Marco Saldutti, Jesper Mørk

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It is shown that the quantum intensity noise of a single-emitter nanolaser can be accurately computed by adopting a stochastic interpretation of the standard rate equation model. The only assumption made is that the emitter excitation and photon number are stochastic variables with integer values. This extends the validity of rate equations beyond the mean-field limit and avoids using the standard Langevin approach, which is shown to fail for few emitters. The model is validated by comparison to full quantum simulations of the relative intensity noise and second-order intensity correlation function, g(2)(0). Surprisingly, even when the full quantum model displays vacuum Rabi oscillations, which are not accounted for by rate equations, the intensity quantum noise is correctly predicted by the stochastic approach. Adopting a simple discretization of the emitter and photon populations, thus, goes a long way in describing quantum noise in lasers. Besides providing a versatile and easy-to-use tool for modeling emerging nanolasers, these results provide insight into the fundamental nature of quantum noise in lasers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number253801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2023


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