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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 939–945

Stability criteria for spontaneously pulsing gas lasers

Pitak Chenkosol and Lee W. Casperson  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 939-945 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.26.000939


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Abstract

Low-threshold spontaneous pulsations are known to occur in the output beams of certain high-gain gas lasers, and good agreement between the experimental observations and numerical models has been achieved. There have also been several analytical studies of threshold criteria for spontaneously pulsing lasers. However, the analytical studies are mostly not applicable to the lasers in which the pulsations have been observed. Stability criteria for high-gain gas lasers are derived in this study, and these criteria are compared with a previously modeled gas laser instability.

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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:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

Citation
Pitak Chenkosol and Lee W. Casperson, "Stability criteria for spontaneously pulsing gas lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 939-945 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-26-5-939

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