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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1785–1792

Nonlinear dynamics of a modulated bidirectional solid-state ring laser

Fuad Rawwagah and Surendra Singh  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 9, pp. 1785-1792 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.23.001785


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Abstract

We investigate the dynamical behavior of a class-B, bidirectional, solid-state ring laser with a square-wave modulated pump. Our treatment includes the coupling of oppositely directed traveling wave modes via backscattering in addition to their coupling via the gain medium. We find that depending on the pump ratio and the depth and frequency of modulation, the intensity waveforms of the two oppositely directed modes may exhibit periodic, quasi-periodic, and chaotic behavior. We also find that although the periodic waveforms of mode intensities are antisynchronized, chaotic waveforms may be synchronized or unsynchronized. A detailed map of different operating regimes as functions of frequency and depth of modulation is presented. Curves are presented to illustrate the behavior.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(270.3100) Quantum optics : Instabilities and chaos
(270.3430) Quantum optics : Laser theory

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 28, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2006

Citation
Fuad Rawwagah and Surendra Singh, "Nonlinear dynamics of a modulated bidirectional solid-state ring laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 1785-1792 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-23-9-1785

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