Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 283–291 | Cite as

Mode selection in a spectrally homogeneously broadened CW laser due to spatially inhomogeneously saturable absorption

  • D. Kühlke
  • W. Dietel


A novel method is proposed for selecting a single longitudinal mode in lasers with homogeneously broadened gain medium. Mode selection is achieved by the interaction of the standing cavity wave between the gain medium and a spatially saturated absorber. The theory is treated in detail for various geometric configurations including examples of important laser systems under continuous-wave operation, such as dye lasers.


Communication Network Laser System Saturable Absorption Geometric Configuration Longitudinal Mode 
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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Kühlke
    • 1
  • W. Dietel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of JenaGDR

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