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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Dec. 1, 1977
  • pp: 196–198

Mode competition in a ring laser at line center

M. M-Tehrani and L. Mandel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 1, Issue 6, pp. 196-198 (1977)

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The fluctuations and correlations of the light intensities associated with the two counterrotating modes of a ring laser have been investigated by measurement of the photoelectric counting statistics. With the laser tuned to line center, it is found that the weaker mode intensity does not grow with increasing pump parameter above threshold and that its relative intensity fluctuations do not die out, as in a conventional laser, but become thermal instead. The cross-correlation coefficient tends toward a constant negative value. The results are all in substantial quantitative agreement with the theory.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 8, 1977
Published: December 1, 1977

M. M-Tehrani and L. Mandel, "Mode competition in a ring laser at line center," Opt. Lett. 1, 196-198 (1977)

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