An analysis of instability and chaos in optically pumped three level lasers

Robert Graham Harrison, Jerome Moloney, J S Uppal, W Forysiak

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Abstract

A general analysis of line center, homogeneously broadened three-level systems is reported which provides both a mathematical and a physical explanation of the dynamic instabilities leading to chaos in emission from these systems. The results obtained are incorporated in a mode analysis of a unidirectional single-mode laser oscillator to determine the dc and oscillatory output characteristics of this laser and the conditions under which emission becomes unstable. Topologically distinct chaotic motions associated with different limit cycle behaviors are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInstabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics II
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPlenum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0-306-42914-4
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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