Dye and ring laser experiments or: Photon statistics of lasers and atoms (and a whole lot of other stuff)
Prof. Leonard Mandel not only led his students through a number of rather widely recognized experiments over the course of his career, but also through an extremely thorough investigation of lasers and other light sources. Leonard Mandel was not a self-promoter, but so many of his experiments became in some sense “famous” (at least within the quantum optics community) that some of us (who worked on the ”other“ experiments) might have felt left behind. We were, instead, inspired. We were inspired by the man, by his ideas, and by his care and regard for his students. In the following few pages I will attempt to give a brief sketch of some of the work that Leonard Mandel became involved in around the time that I had the privilege of being one of his graduate students. Although some of this research might not be well-known outside of a very narrow community, it all fits into the overall picture of what interested Leonard Mandel professionally and what he became known for over the course of his career.
KeywordsRing Laser Intensity Fluctuation Colored Noise Photon Statistic HeNe Laser
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