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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1999–2006

Optical bistability in a Cr:LiSrGaF6 laser

M. A. Noginov, B. D. Lucas, and M. Vondrova  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 1999-2006 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.19.001999


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Abstract

We theoretically predict and experimentally demonstrate the effect of optical bistability in a Cr:LiSrGaF6 laser, where one of its parameters (emission quantum yield) has a strongly nonlinear dependence on temperature. The effects of various experimental parameters on optical bistability and the size of the hysteresis loop are theoretically studied. The theoretical and experimental results are in good agreement with each other.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability

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M. A. Noginov, B. D. Lucas, and M. Vondrova, "Optical bistability in a Cr:LiSrGaF6 laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1999-2006 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-19-9-1999


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