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  • Vol. 54, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1964
  • pp: 449–453

Interferometric Investigation of Modes in Optical Gas Masers

THOMAS G. POLANYI and WILLIAM R. WATSON  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 449-453 (1964)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.54.000449


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Abstract

The number and relative power of simultaneously oscillating modes in 6328-Å He-Ne optical gas masers (lasers) were measured by means of a technique utilizing Fabry-Perot interferometers. In one case 28 dominant modes spanning a frequency range of 1080 Mc/sec out of the 1500 Mc/sec half-width of the 6328-Å Ne line were found. The relative amplitudes of the modes can be fitted generally to a Gaussian-shaped curve. The technique, which utilizes a scanning Fabry-Perot, is described and discussed.

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THOMAS G. POLANYI and WILLIAM R. WATSON, "Interferometric Investigation of Modes in Optical Gas Masers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 449-453 (1964)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-54-4-449


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