The self-pulsing instability in inhomogeneously broadened unidirectional traveling-wave single-mode lasers is discussed in detail. The analytic linear stability analysis of the stationary solutions shows that, in the case of a good-cavity limit and a large inhomogeneous linewidth, no self-pulsing instability occurs. On the other hand, in the case of a bad-cavity limit, there are two instabilities. At the same time, in the intermediate-cavity case two self-pulsing instabilities also exist; one corresponds to a lower threshold value, and the other to a higher one.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 27, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 1984
Published: January 1, 1985
Ji-yue Zhang, H. Haken, and H. Ohno, "Self-pulsing instability in inhomogeneously broadened traveling-wave lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 141-147 (1985)