Generalized mean-field or master equation for nonlinear cavities with transverse effects

A. M. Dunlop, W. J. Firth, E. M. Wright

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This paper present the 'master equation' applicable to any nonlinear cavity with linear properties describable by an ABCD matrix and with one nonlinear interaction per round trip. In the low-power limit it is shown that this master equation has the correct transverse mode and related properties, including e.g., the differential attenuation of higher-order modes in cavities with a Gaussian aperture. It also correctly reproduces both the mode spectrum and gain of the cavity. The master equation also includes the Maxwell-Bloch laser equation as a special case, and can generalize it as a much wider class of Maxwell-Bloch laser equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149
Number of pages1
JournalConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO'96 - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 2 1996Jun 7 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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