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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1987
  • pp: 328–330

Reducing the effects of backscattering on the behavior of a ring laser

W. R. Christian, E. C. Gage, and L. Mandel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 5, pp. 328-330 (1987)

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Light scattered from one counterpropagating mode into the other can drastically modify the behavior of a ring laser. We point out that, within the domain of the third-order laser theory, the effect of backscattering on the fluctuation properties of the light can be reduced simply by increasing the cavity-loss rate, so long as the increased loss can be compensated for by increased pumping of the gain medium.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 8, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 1987
Published: May 1, 1987

W. R. Christian, E. C. Gage, and L. Mandel, "Reducing the effects of backscattering on the behavior of a ring laser," Opt. Lett. 12, 328-330 (1987)

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