Abstract

Statistical cross correlations between mode intensities in individual pulses from a multimode dye laser have been studied by using a Fizeau interferometer and a high-resolution linear photodiode array. We find that positive intensity cross correlations develop between modes separated by certain characteristic frequencies. This appears to be a result of spatial hole burning in the standing-wave cavity. The gain competition between certain modes is minimized because of the spatial inhomogeneity of the mode intensity distributions in the gain medium.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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