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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1717–1719

Effects of interference on gain saturation in laser resonators

G. P. Agrawal and M. Lax  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 12, pp. 1717-1719 (1979)

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The forward and backward waves in a standing-wave laser resonator are coupled by the nonlinear gain. Proper inclusion of interference effects leads to significant changes in intensity relative to the usual approximation.

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G. P. Agrawal and M. Lax, "Effects of interference on gain saturation in laser resonators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1717-1719 (1979)

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