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Strong-field dynamics of a multimode, standing-wave dye laser

, , and . J. Optical Society of America B 5 (8): 1588-1595 (August 1988)

Abstract

A set of strong-field Maxwell-Bloch equations is derived for a multimode, standing-wave, homogeneously broadened laser such as a dye laser, wich obeys the atomic rate-equation limit. Numerical solutions show that the enregy in the cavity oscillates between field and the gain medium at multiples of the cavity mode spacing. By using these Maxwell-Bloch equations, intensity autocorrelation functions of a dye-laser system under varying conditions are calculated. We find that the numerical results qualitatively agree with the recent experimental data.

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