Accession Number:

ADA214908

Title:

Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Coupled Ar-ion Lasers

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

156.0

Abstract:

A single-mode laser theory was applied to two coupled Ar-ion lasers in Fabry-Perot resonators and the equations were solved numerically to predict intensity tuning curves and locking ranges for various types of mirror translations. The same theory was extended to model two modes in each cavity, which predicted a decrease in locking range as well as a mutually-reinforced hole-burning minimum. With a single, uncoupled two-mode He-Ne laser, the existence of the minimum was verified experimentally. Two multilinemultimode Ar-ion lasers were coupled through a common end mirror and the effect of coupling strength on phase locking was investigated by varying the reflectivity of that mirror. To mode coupling, interference fringe visibilities, output power, and the frequency and RF mode beat spectra were measured. The optimal phase locking occurred at about 25 coupling as determined by the maximum fringe visibilities produced by laser phase locking. That 25 coupling was the optimum coupling strength was also substantiated by fact that the maximum power output was also achieved at this point, and the appearance of the super cavity mode spacing verified that the behavior was due to phase locking. A passive cavity mode analysis of the three-mirror Fabry-Perot resonator showed the system oscillated on the composite resonator frequency as well as the frequencies of both sub-resonators. Theses. jhd

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE