Abstract

It is shown that for a detuned, single-mode, homogeneously broadened laser, semiclassical laser theory predicts a transition from a nonlasing state to a lasing state when cavity losses are increased for a range of cavity detunings when dispersion is large. A physical explanation for this behavior is presented in which the influence of dispersion on the cavity resonance frequencies is considered.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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