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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1990
  • pp: 1034–1038

Bistability and optical switching of spatial patterns in a laser

Chr. Tamm and C. O. Weiss  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 7, Issue 6, pp. 1034-1038 (1990)

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Bistability of the transverse configuration of the optical field is found for a helium–neon laser oscillating in the TEM01* hybrid optical-resonator mode. Optically induced switching between the mirror-symmetric field patterns occurs when a fraction of the spatially rotated output field is reinjected into the laser resonator. These phenomena are described theoretically with laser equations modeling the mutual interaction of the two first-order transverse modes of the optical resonator. The experimentally observed bistability and switching of the field patterns is in full qualitative agreement with the theoretical results.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 29, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 1989
Published: June 1, 1990

Chr. Tamm and C. O. Weiss, "Bistability and optical switching of spatial patterns in a laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 1034-1038 (1990)

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