Abstract

Giant pulses of optical maser radiation have been produced which are several orders of magnitude larger than the commonly observed spontaneous pulses. The pulses were produced by varying the effective reflectivity of the reflecting surfaces at the ends of the ruby rod through a Kerr-cell switching technique. The measured pulse characteristics are found to be in agreement with theoretical predictions.

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  1. R. W. Hellwarth, Advances in Quantum Electronics, ed. J. R. Singer (Columbia U. Press, New York, 1961), p. 334.
  2. R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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1960 (1)

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Bond, W.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Collins, R. J.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Garrett, C. G. B.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Hellwarth, R. W.

R. W. Hellwarth, Advances in Quantum Electronics, ed. J. R. Singer (Columbia U. Press, New York, 1961), p. 334.

Kaiser, W.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Nelson, D. F.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Schawlow, A. L.

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Phys. Rev. Letters (1)

R. J. Collins, D. F. Nelson, A. L. Schawlow, W. Bond, C. G. B. Garrett, W. Kaiser, Phys. Rev. Letters 5, 303 (1960).
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Other (1)

R. W. Hellwarth, Advances in Quantum Electronics, ed. J. R. Singer (Columbia U. Press, New York, 1961), p. 334.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the pulsed reflector laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output from the maser after switching the shutter. The time calibration is 0.2 μsec/cm. The timing signal for the shutter switch appears as the beginning of the small oscillation on the trace before the output pulse.

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α i l 2 γ / ( 1 + cos θ ) ,
τ l / ( α i l γ ) ,
t Δ τ ln [ 1 + f Δ α / α i w τ ( 1 + f ) ] ,

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