It is shown that additive noise can inhibit modulation instability in laser equations of motion. A related self-starting condition for pulsation is obtained by employing a fluctuation–dissipation relation between noise and losses and a statistical mechanics approach. Entropy considerations are shown to play a crucial role. The quantum limit for self-starting is estimated.
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Ariel Gordon and Baruch Fischer, "Inhibition of modulation instability in lasers by noise," Opt. Lett. 28, 1326-1328 (2003)