We show that there is a simple correlation between the modulation transfer function (MTF) of alexandrite laser rods and the thresholds of these rods as cw lasers. Thus the MTF provides a novel and important way to evaluate material (before or after fabrication) for use in solid-state lasers. This approach should be generally applicable to all solid-state laser materials.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 16, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 1986
Published: April 1, 1986
O. Kafri, H. Samelson, T. Chin, and D. F. Heller, "Moiré modulation transfer function of alexandrite rods and their thresholds as lasers," Opt. Lett. 11, 201-203 (1986)