How do masers work compared to a laser?

1 Answer
May 29, 2018

Maser's emit photon's of lower frequency and longer wavelength compared to laser's.


This is how laser's and maser's work:

Electrons absorb an electric current or electromagnetic wave and become excited, which means they jump from a low energy state to a higher energy state. Then, when they drop back down into the lower energy state, the energy they must release to do so is released in the form of a photon. The photon's given off from electron's this way are all the same wavelength, and are focused in the same direction.

The difference between a laser and a maser is that the photon from a laser comes in the form of visible light , while a photon from a maser comes in the form of a microwave . The changes in frequency and wavelength come from the type of electromagnetic wave being absorbed, and/or the properties of the material emitting the photon's.

L.A.S.E.R. Stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
M.A.S.E.R. Stands for Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

I hope I helped!