This paper contains a brief overview of the main types of instability in laser systems. The topics being discussed include the early spiking in solid-state lasers, single-mode lasers with homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening, the effect of noise and modulation, multimode operation, and a brief survey of nonlinear dynamics.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 25, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 1984
Published: January 1, 1985
N. B. Abraham, L. A. Lugiato, and L. M. Narducci, "Overview of instabilities in laser systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 7-14 (1985)