Abstract

The characteristics of laser operation near the threshold of mode locking are investigated in a Nd:YAG laser. In the threshold region the off states of the laser operation are intermittently interrupted by chaotic laser pulsations of the on states. Through an analysis of the scalings of laminar phases, i.e., intervals between two bursts in the neighborhood, we verify that the phenomenon is on–off intermittency.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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