This research was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant ECS-8511593 and by Tektronix, Inc.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Dye lasers -- Research, Ultrashort laser pulses -- Instability, Nonlinear dynamics
We present experimental phase plots of the pulse-train instability that occurs in synchronously pumped mode-locked dye lasers. From these plots we infer that the instability is of a quasi-periodic, nonlinear dynamical nature. Further, we note that the information lost in this two-dimensional representation is precisely the periodic-versus-erratic character and therefore is of considerable importance.
D. L. MacFarlane and Lee W. Casperson, "Pulse-train instabilities of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser: experimental phase plots," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 285-287 (1990).