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)