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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1199–1210

Spontaneous mode locking in mixed-broadened laser oscillators

Pitak Chenkosol and Lee W. Casperson  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 5, pp. 1199-1210 (2007)

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A theoretical model is reported for spontaneous mode locking in mixed-broadened laser oscillators. Experimental observations of this effect have been available for many years, but no rigorous interpretation has been given. Numerical calculations emphasize the case of a high-gain xenon laser, for which extensive experimental data have been published. Complex pulsation characteristics are observed as the cavity length and pumping rate are varied, and the theoretical results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(270.3100) Quantum optics : Instabilities and chaos
(270.3430) Quantum optics : Laser theory

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 29, 2006
Published: April 17, 2007

Pitak Chenkosol and Lee W. Casperson, "Spontaneous mode locking in mixed-broadened laser oscillators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 1199-1210 (2007)

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