Giant pulses of optical maser radiation have been produced which are several orders of magnitude larger than the commonly observed spontaneous pulses. The pulses were produced by varying the effective reflectivity of the reflecting surfaces at the ends of the ruby rod through a Kerr-cell switching technique. The measured pulse characteristics are found to be in agreement with theoretical predictions.
© 1962 Optical Society of America
Supplement on Optical Masers
Original Manuscript: August 28, 1961
Published: January 1, 1962
F. J. McClung and R. W. Hellwarth, "Giant Optical Pulsations from Ruby," Appl. Opt. 1, 103-105 (1962)