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Instabilities in two-photon lasers
Author(s): Daniel J. Gauthier; Hope M. Concannon
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Paper Abstract

The two-photon laser represents an entirely new class of quantum optical oscillator that promises to display a wealth of new and exciting nonlinear behavior. For example, the prediction that the turn-on behavior of the laser is indicative of a first-order phase transition was verified in recent studies of the first continuous-wave two-photon laser. In addition, it was found experimentally that the field generated by the laser displayed dynamical instabilities under some conditions. We briefly review the properties of two-photon lasers that are pertinent to its dynamical characteristics and show that many of the interesting properties can be understood from a simple rate-equation model. Also, we describe our efforts at Duke to address the origin of instabilities in two-photon lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2039, Chaos in Optics, (1 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164764
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Daniel J. Gauthier, Duke Univ. (United States)
Hope M. Concannon, Duke Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2039:
Chaos in Optics
Rajarshi Roy, Editor(s)

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