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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1983
  • pp: 1578–1591

Space–time and space-averaged equations for a two-mirror laser: theory and numerical results

Michael Baer and Isidor Last  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 1578-1591 (1983)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.22.001578


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Abstract

A theoretical model is considered for an unsteady three-level (single-mode) laser. By use of the rotating wave approximation, the usual semiclassical equations are transformed into a system of first-order space–time (ST) equations. The space oscillations of the population difference (hole-burning effects) and the motion of the atoms are included in the treatment. After the introduction of several assumptions, the ST equations are transformed to a set of time-dependent space-averaged (SA) equations. The numerical calculations were performed for a pulsed two-mirror laser with a finite phase memory decay constant and for resonance and nonresonance frequencies. The calculations show that the SA equations give almost the same results as the much more complicated ST equations.

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History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 1982
Published: May 15, 1983

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Michael Baer and Isidor Last, "Space–time and space-averaged equations for a two-mirror laser: theory and numerical results," Appl. Opt. 22, 1578-1591 (1983)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-22-10-1578


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