Polarization dynamics of two-photon and cascade lasers in the presence of an arbitrarily directed magnetic field

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We study theoretically the polarization dynamics of a new type of quantum oscillator that is based on the two-photon stimulated emission process in the presence of a magnetic field of arbitrary orientation. Both cases of cascade (small intermediate-state atomic detuning) and two-photon (large atomic detuning) lasers are considered. The primary goal of this work is to investigate the origin of recently observed polarization instabilities in a two-photon laser (Pfister et al 2001 Phys. Rev. Lett. 86 4512) using a highly simplified model. It is found that the two-photon laser can emit linearly polarized radiation with its plane of polarization orthogonal to the direction of the magnetic field at small magnetic field strengths. It can also emit elliptically polarized radiation over a large range of magnetic field strengths and orientations. When the magnetic field deviates from a direction perpendicular to the laser cavity axis periodic instabilities can appear through a Hopf bifurcation. This dynamic regime could have contributed to the polarization instabilities observed in the experiment.

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Cited Authors

  • Kul'minskii, A; Gauthier, DJ; Vilaseca, R; Fernandez-Soler, JJ; Font, JL

Published Date

  • June 1, 2003

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Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 253

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1464-4266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/1464-4266/5/3/308

Citation Source

  • Scopus