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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2347–2349

Weak temporal ratchet effect by asymmetric modulation of a laser

Cristina Elena Preda, Bernard Ségard, and Pierre Glorieux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 15, pp. 2347-2349 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002347


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Abstract

Subjecting lasers to triangular modulations of the pump produces phenomena that drastically depend on the symmetry of the triangle. For instance, with slow up-rising triangles, a laser below threshold on average may deliver coherent pulses, while it does not deliver coherent pulses with fast up-rising triangles. This effect, which requires the presence of fluctuations in addition to the modulation, is reminiscent of the thermal ratchet with which a directed motion is extracted from a stochastic medium.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2006
Published: July 10, 2006

Citation
Cristina Elena Preda, Bernard Ségard, and Pierre Glorieux, "Weak temporal ratchet effect by asymmetric modulation of a laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 2347-2349 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-15-2347

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