Several types of instability in passive Q switching and optical bistability are observed in a number of 10-μm laser lines in a N2O laser with intracavity saturable absorbers such as NH3, SF6, C2H4, C2H3Cl, and CCl2F2. The observed pulse shapes are reproduced well by a calculation based on the recently proposed rate-equation model. Characteristic dependences of passive Q switching and bistability on the laser parameters are explained with a phase diagram derived theoretically.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 17, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 1988
Published: November 1, 1988
Feng-Lei Hong, Maki Tachikawa, Bo-Feng Li, and Tadao Shimizu, "Passive Q-switching instability and bistability of a N2O laser with intracavity saturable absorber," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 5, 2315-2321 (1988)