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Size‐Dependent Spontaneous Energy Loss in Lasers due to Self‐Stimulated Emission

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Waite, Tom ; North American Aviation Science Center, Conoga Park, California

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Laser amplifiers when pumped to a significant degree of population inversion undergo decay via (1) natural spontaneous emission of radiation from individual excited atoms, and (2) a size‐dependent decay due to self‐amplification of the spontaneously emitted radiation which passes through a large fraction of the amplifier length before escaping. This latter effect has a definite size threshold near which the decay rate changes several orders of magnitude. The decay rate is roughly independent of size except near the threshold.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 6 )