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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 3 — May. 1, 1962
  • pp: 339–341

High-Speed Sequence Photography of a Ruby Laser

E. S. Dayhoff and B. Kessler  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 339-341 (1962)

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The sequence of phenomena occurring when a ruby laser crystal is flashed is studied on a microsecond time scale by means of a high-speed framing camera making about 500,000 frames per second. Two runs of photographs are presented. The individual bursts of light constituting the laser flash show the following characteristics: Each burst involves the whole active volume of the crystal; each burst shows a grainy or flocculated distribution of light across the face of the crystal, and this distribution changes in fine detail from frame to frame; the grains of brightness are often arranged in stripes and bands in patterns which change from frame to frame; there are some permanently dark regions; there are some pinholes in the silver coating which scatter an appreciable amount of light out of the main beam.

© 1962 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 10, 1961
Published: May 1, 1962

E. S. Dayhoff and B. Kessler, "High-Speed Sequence Photography of a Ruby Laser," Appl. Opt. 1, 339-341 (1962)

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  1. Good reviews of laser phenomena have been given by A. L. Schawlow, Solid State J. 2, 21 (1961), and byT. H. Maiman et al., Phys. Rev. 123, 1151 (1961). [CrossRef]
  2. A description of this type camera has been given byM. C. Kurtz, J. Soc. Motion Picture Television Engrs. 68, 16 (1959).

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