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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.1.000339


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Abstract

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

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

Citation
E. S. Dayhoff and B. Kessler, "High-Speed Sequence Photography of a Ruby Laser," Appl. Opt. 1, 339-341 (1962)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-1-3-339

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