Abstract

This paper describes the application of photoelectric mixing techniques to the study of the ruby laser. Following a brief theoretical analysis of laser oscillation frequencies, extensive experiments are described. These experiments permit conclusions concerning: (1) the behavior of the laser’s spectral output as a function of pump power and temperature; (2) the validity of applying homogeneous interferometer mode analyses to the case of ruby; and (3) the effects of fluorescence line-shape and stimulated emission in determining oscillation frequencies. In addition, they provide extremely high-resolution measurements of the oscillation line-width.

© 1963 Optical Society of America

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