Abstract

We study the five semiclassical laser equations in the mean-field limit for the simple model of two-level atoms with homogeneous broadening in a single-mode unidirectional ring cavity, taking into account detuning between atomic and cavity frequencies. Our analysis concentrates on the properties of the laser at and beyond the second thresh-old in the bad-cavity case. We first show that the position of the second threshold depends on the excitation mechanism: When the pump parameter is increased either adiabatically or abruptly, two different thresholds occur. The sequence of periodic and chaotic solutions beyond the second threshold is then discussed as a function of the detuning and the pump parameter.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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