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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.

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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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References

  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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