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Opt Express. 2011 Feb 14;19(4):3284-9. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.003284.

Longitudinal mode multistability in Ring and Fabry-Pérot lasers: the effect of spatial hole burning.

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IFISC (UIB-CSIC), C/Valldemossa km. 7’5, E-07122 Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


We theoretically discuss the impact of the cavity configuration on the possible longitudinal mode multistability in homogeneously broadened lasers. Our analysis is based on the most general form of a Travelling-Wave Model for which we present a method that allows us to evaluate the monochromatic solutions as well as their eigenvalue spectrum. We find, in agreement with recent experimental reports, that multistability is more easily reached in Ring than in Fabry-Pérot cavities which we attribute to the different amount of Spatial-Hole Burning in each configuration.

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