Abstract

We present an experimental study, complemented by numerical simulations, of the delay from the peak of the pump pulse to threshold of the dye laser pulse as a function of the selected wavelength. Delay variations of up to 0.2 nsec/nm were observed in Rhodamine dyes pumped by a N2 laser. We conclude that the variations are intrinsic to the gain–loss characteristics and that excited-state singlet absorption can play a significant role.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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