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An almost lightless laser

Lasers are often described in terms of a light field circulating in an optical resonator system. Now a laser has been demonstrated in which the field resides primarily in the atomic medium that is used to generate the light. See Letter p.78

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Figure 1: Standard and superradiant lasers.

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Vuletic, V. An almost lightless laser. Nature 484, 43–44 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/484043a

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