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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1991
  • pp: 1236–1243

Stability of polarized modes in a quasi-isotropic laser: experimental confirmation

W. Xiong, P. Glanznig, P. Paddon, A. D. May, M. Bourouis, S. Laniepce, and G. Stéphan  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 8, Issue 6, pp. 1236-1243 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.8.001236


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Abstract

The analysis of the stability of the polarization modes of a quasi-isotropic laser is extended. The theory predicts the existence of catastrophes in the hysteresis loop of polarization versus frequency. Allowance is made for a weak cavity birefringence. Experiments with a He–Ne laser that operates at 3.39 μm quantitatively confirm the dependence of the hysteresis on gain, including the previously unidentified catastrophes.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: September 10, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 1990
Published: June 1, 1991

Citation
W. Xiong, M. Bourouis, S. Laniepce, P. Glanznig, P. Paddon, G. Stéphan, and A. D. May, "Stability of polarized modes in a quasi-isotropic laser: experimental confirmation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 1236-1243 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-8-6-1236

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