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A theoretical model is reported for spontaneous mode locking in mixed-broadened laser oscillators. Experimental observations of this effect have been available for many years, but no rigorous interpretation has been given. Numerical calculations emphasize the case of a high-gain xenon laser, for which extensive experimental data have been published. Complex pulsation characteristics are observed as the cavity length and pumping rate are varied, and the theoretical results are in good agreement with the experimental data.

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2004 (1)

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

1991 (1)

1989 (2)

M. F. H. Tarroja, M. Sharafi, and L. W. Casperson, 'Spontaneous mode locking in long-cavity lasers,' J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6, 1564-1573 (1989).

U. Hubner, N. B. Abraham, and C. O. Weiss, 'Dimensions and entropies of chaotic intensity pulsations in a single-mode far-infrared NH3 laser,' Phys. Rev. A 40, 6354-6365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

1986 (1)

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1985 (1)

1975 (1)

H. Haken, 'Analogy between higher instabilities in fluids and lasers,' Phys. Lett. A 53, 77-78 (1975).
[CrossRef]

1971 (1)

L. W. Casperson and A. Yariv, 'Pulse propagation in a high-gain medium,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 26, 293-295 (1971).
[CrossRef]

1970 (1)

H. H. Kim and H. Marantz, 'Continuous self-mode locking of infrared gas lasers,' IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 749-750 (1970).

1968 (1)

H. Risken and K. Nummedal, 'Self-pulsing in lasers,' J. Appl. Phys. 39, 4662-4672 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Abraham, N. B.

U. Hubner, N. B. Abraham, and C. O. Weiss, 'Dimensions and entropies of chaotic intensity pulsations in a single-mode far-infrared NH3 laser,' Phys. Rev. A 40, 6354-6365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Bandy, D. K.

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Casperson, L. W.

Chenkosol, P.

P. Chenkosol, 'Spontaneous pulsations in laser oscillators: effects of spatial field distributions; self-mode-locking dynamics; pulsations in 3.39 μm He-Ne standing-wave lasers,' Ph.D. dissertation (Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2003), Appendix A, pp. 196-200.

De Valcarcel, G. J.

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

Gordon, E. I.

E. I. Gordon, A. D. White, and J. D. Rigden, 'Gain saturation at 3.39 microns in the He-Ne maser,' in Proceedings of the Symposium on Optical Masers, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, 309-317 (Wiley, 1964).

Haken, H.

H. Haken, 'Analogy between higher instabilities in fluids and lasers,' Phys. Lett. A 53, 77-78 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Hubner, U.

U. Hubner, N. B. Abraham, and C. O. Weiss, 'Dimensions and entropies of chaotic intensity pulsations in a single-mode far-infrared NH3 laser,' Phys. Rev. A 40, 6354-6365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Kim, H. H.

H. H. Kim and H. Marantz, 'Continuous self-mode locking of infrared gas lasers,' IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 749-750 (1970).

Lenz, M. O.

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

Lugiato, L. A.

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Marantz, H.

H. H. Kim and H. Marantz, 'Continuous self-mode locking of infrared gas lasers,' IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 749-750 (1970).

Mitschke, F.

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

Narducci, L. M.

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Nummedal, K.

H. Risken and K. Nummedal, 'Self-pulsing in lasers,' J. Appl. Phys. 39, 4662-4672 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Rigden, J. D.

E. I. Gordon, A. D. White, and J. D. Rigden, 'Gain saturation at 3.39 microns in the He-Ne maser,' in Proceedings of the Symposium on Optical Masers, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, 309-317 (Wiley, 1964).

Risken, H.

H. Risken and K. Nummedal, 'Self-pulsing in lasers,' J. Appl. Phys. 39, 4662-4672 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Roldan, E.

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

Sharafi, M.

Tarroja, M. F. H.

Tredicce, J. R.

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Voigt, T.

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

Weiss, C. O.

U. Hubner, N. B. Abraham, and C. O. Weiss, 'Dimensions and entropies of chaotic intensity pulsations in a single-mode far-infrared NH3 laser,' Phys. Rev. A 40, 6354-6365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

White, A. D.

E. I. Gordon, A. D. White, and J. D. Rigden, 'Gain saturation at 3.39 microns in the He-Ne maser,' in Proceedings of the Symposium on Optical Masers, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, 309-317 (Wiley, 1964).

Yariv, A.

L. W. Casperson and A. Yariv, 'Pulse propagation in a high-gain medium,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 26, 293-295 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. (1)

T. Voigt, M. O. Lenz, F. Mitschke, E. Roldan, and G. J. De Valcarcel, 'Experimental investigation of Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken laser instability in fiber ring lasers,' Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. 79, 175-183 (2004).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

H. H. Kim and H. Marantz, 'Continuous self-mode locking of infrared gas lasers,' IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 749-750 (1970).

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

H. Risken and K. Nummedal, 'Self-pulsing in lasers,' J. Appl. Phys. 39, 4662-4672 (1968).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (4)

Phys. Lett. A (1)

H. Haken, 'Analogy between higher instabilities in fluids and lasers,' Phys. Lett. A 53, 77-78 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (2)

U. Hubner, N. B. Abraham, and C. O. Weiss, 'Dimensions and entropies of chaotic intensity pulsations in a single-mode far-infrared NH3 laser,' Phys. Rev. A 40, 6354-6365 (1989).
[CrossRef]

L. M. Narducci, J. R. Tredicce, L. A. Lugiato, N. B. Abraham, and D. K. Bandy, 'Mode-mode competition and unstable behavior in a homogeneously broadened ring laser,' Phys. Rev. A 33, 1842-1854 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

L. W. Casperson and A. Yariv, 'Pulse propagation in a high-gain medium,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 26, 293-295 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

E. I. Gordon, A. D. White, and J. D. Rigden, 'Gain saturation at 3.39 microns in the He-Ne maser,' in Proceedings of the Symposium on Optical Masers, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, 309-317 (Wiley, 1964).

P. Chenkosol, 'Spontaneous pulsations in laser oscillators: effects of spatial field distributions; self-mode-locking dynamics; pulsations in 3.39 μm He-Ne standing-wave lasers,' Ph.D. dissertation (Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2003), Appendix A, pp. 196-200.

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