This is the first in a series of three papers presenting a comprehensive, unified approach for radiative transfer in astronomical maser sources. This paper provides the general formalism and presents the detailed analytic solution of the linear maser, including the case of a source illuminated by background radiation.
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Elitzur, Moshe, "Radiative Transfer in Astronomical Masers. I. The Linear Maser" (1990). Physics and Astronomy Faculty Publications. 234.