Proceedings PaperQED theory of excess spontaneous emission noise
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The results of a quantum-electrodynamical theory of excess spontaneous emission noise in lossy resonators will be presented. The " Petermann K factor" does not enter into the spontaneous emission rate of a single atom in the cavity. The QED theory allows different interpretations of the K factor and we use this fact to justify semiclassical analyses and to provide in one example a simple derivation of K in terms of the amplification of the quantum vacuum field entering the resonator through its mirrors.