Space-time dynamics of wide-gain-section lasers

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The space-time behavior of a wide-gain-section, single-longitudinal-mode laser is investigated. Analysis of the full Maxwell-Bloch model in one transverse spatial dimension identifies a traveling-wave solution beyond the first laser threshold, for positive detuning from resonance, which appears to be a globally attracting state of the laser. On the negative-detuning side we observe an initial bifurcation to a homogeneous plane-wave state. A second instability threshold can be identified by linearizing about the respective solutions for both positive and negative detuning. We also find that the standard approach to adiabatic elimination, whereby the polarization equation is adiabatically eliminated, can lead to a spurious high-transverse-wave-number instability in the reduced equations. The derivation of an adiabatically reduced set of equations to remove the instability on the positive-detuning side is a nontrivial matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8129-8137
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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