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Physical Review A

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Lasers, Free electron lasers, Differential equations, Perturbation (Quantum dynamics)


In a related study the equations governing a high-gain laser amplifier have been solved numerically without making the usual slowly-varying-amplitude derivative approximation in Maxwell’s equations, and thus the field amplitudes are not restricted to vary negligibly in a distance of one wavelength. The results reveal an instability that involves reflections and oscillatory growth of perturbations away from steady state. In the present study steady-state solutions of the field equations are obtained analytically, and transformations are described for converting the equations to alternative intensity-equation sets. These intensity equations are linearized and solved for the growth rate and oscillation period of the perturbations.


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