Wave interactions in saturable absorbers

The interaction between waves in an idealized saturable absorber is discussed. It is shown that the presence of a strong wave will cause the line to appear to be ''hole-burned'' when probed by a second wave, even though the broadening mechanisms are conventionally homogeneous. This effect would be expected to work against the tendency of dye-switched ruby lasers to operate in a single mode. Related effects should play a role in optical pulse generators and in other devices using saturable absorbers. © 1967 The American Institute of Physics.

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Cited Authors

  • Schwarz, SE; Tan, TY

Published Date

  • 1967

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 4 - 7

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-6951

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.1754798

Citation Source

  • SciVal