Super radiant emission or coherent emission, is an emitted radiation with constant wave direction and rate that occurs in Fourier function. It is emitted when all electrons radiate in phase with each other, which generates the coherent radiation (super-radiant emission). It is emitted in a during a transition between two energy levels of molecules in a gas of dimension small compared to a wavelength.[1]



           is the propagating mode amplitude.
          describes the interaction of the ith electron with the electromagnetic field along its path of motion.
           is the Fourier transform.
           is the time that a particle  entered at .

where the electron-field excitation "transfer function is defined by

            is the normalization power of the propagating mode .
            is axial velocity.
            is the transverse profile(Hermite-Gaussian free-space mode or wavelength mode).
            is axial velocity along the path of motion at .
            is the angular frequency domain.

Ensemble of of the total electrons in the beam is a stochastic process taking into account statistical distributions in phase space (special distribution, energy, and angular spreadings).

Solution of the mode amplitude together with equation of motion

            is the mass of the particle.
            is the super-radiant emission.
            is the electromagnetic field in terms of eigenmodes of the medium which the radiation is excited.
            is the instantaneous velocity.
            is the magnetic field in terms of eigenmodes of the medium which the radiation is excited.

enables one to calculate spontaneous and super-radiant emissions, including stimulated interaction resulting in amplification of the excited radiation as occurring in self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE).


Instruments that uses the super radiant emission.

  • Free Electron Laser (FEL)
  • Far Infrared (FIR) Laser [2]
  • Undulator allows to obtain the super radiant emission. [3]


Superradiant emission using instruments such as FEL are used in materials science, chemical technology and surface analysis. Using the superradiant emission from the instruments, proteins molecules can be imaged. Another use of these instruments in the analysis is the vibrational energy transfer in molecule. High power from superradiant emission allows exciting molecule easier which also makes it easier to analyze the vibrational energy.

Superradiant emission using instruments are very advantageous because they produce high power laser due to coherent radiation and they do not use expensive photons.


For want of a better term, a gas which is radiating strongly because of coherence will be called 'superradiant'.

— Robert H. Dicke, 1954, [4]

Superradiance was discovered by American physicist named Robert H. Dicke. He discovered that coherent emission enhances the radiation. In the analytical instruments, superradiance is used to enhance the radiation emitted by the electron.


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  3. ^ M. Arbel; A. Abramovich; A. L. Eichenbaum; A. Gover; H. Kleinman; Y. Pinhasi; I. M. Yakover1 (2001). "Superradiant and Stimulated Superradiant Emission in a Prebunched Beam Free-Electron Maser". Physical Review. 86: 2561–2564. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.86.2561.
  4. ^ Dicke, Robert H. (1954). "Coherence in Spontaneous Radiation Processes". Physical Review. 93 (1): 99–110. Bibcode:1954PhRv...93...99D. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.93.99.