We examine the statistical properties of mode-locked laser light in which each frequency component is subsequently given a constant, independent, and random phase shift. We find that, under certain conditions, this random phase encoding produces a pseudorandom light intensity that is statistically equivalent to that of a free-running multimode laser, with a negative exponential intensity-probability distribution.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 25, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: November 25, 1988
Published: January 15, 1989
Jawad A. Salehi, "Pseudorandom light from a mode-locked laser," Opt. Lett. 14, 174-176 (1989)