The behavior of a single-mode class-C laser in the presence of an injected signal is investigated theoretically in detail. We have determined the ranges of input signal strength and the frequency detuning for which the oscillations of the cavity electric field and the atomic induced dipole moment are simultaneously stable and have only one oscillation component with the frequency equal to that of the input signal (injection-locked state). One can reproduce all the previous results corresponding to class-A and class-B lasers from our results by using their relevant conditions. Finally, the energy conservation law is demonstrated for both the below-threshold and the injection-locked states of class-C laser amplifiers.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 9, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2004
Published: April 1, 2005
J. Jahanpanah, "Stability theory of class-C (far-infrared) lasers with an injected signal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 680-688 (2005)