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Transverse mode control and switching in gas laser arrays

Zhang, Yongfang and Bridges, William B. (1994) Transverse mode control and switching in gas laser arrays. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 30 (2). pp. 284-294. ISSN 0018-9197.

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Theoretical and experimental investigations of multiple transverse mode laser oscillation involving spatially varying gain and loss are carried out. The effect of gain and loss distribution on mode competition is analyzed. Numerical examples are given for a CO2 waveguide laser array. Experimental results of CO2 laser arrays are found to be consistent with the theory, and robust in-phase coupled mode array operation has been achieved.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1994 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received April 29, 1993. This work was supported in part by grant AFOSR-88-0085 from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The authors wish to acknowledge the encouragement of Richard Hart of United Technologies Optical Systems in the early stages of the work, and particularly the loan of some ceramic wall-slot-coupled pieces for comparison measurements. They also wish to acknowledge helpful discussions with their colleagues at Caltech, Arthur Sheiman and Finbar Sheehy, as well as the strong technical support in the experimental work by Reynold Johnson.
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