Abstract

We present a study of the dynamics of a ruby laser pumped by a cw argon-ion laser. The ruby laser is predominantly stable but has two accessible unstable states. One state exhibits chaotic output, while the other results in regular self-pulsing. We discuss the conditions needed for instability and obtain homodyne spectra and temporal maps of the phase-space attractors. In addition, a numerical simulation of nonlinear beam propagation in ruby is presented that shows that strong deviations from plane-wave behavior exist and that transverse effects must be incorporated into theoretical models of the instability.

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R. S. Afzal, W. P. Lin, and N. M. Lawandy, "Experimental study of the dynamics of a ruby laser pumped by a cw argon-ion laser: erratum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 1787-1787 (1991)
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