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Journal of Applied Physics

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Dye lasers, Wave functions, Coherence (Nuclear physics), Ultrashort laser pulses


A formalism is developed for describing the evolution of picosecond mode‐locked pulses in synchronously pumped dye lasers. The finite phase memory of the molecular wave functions is included, and it is found that the resultant coherence effects can be dominant for operation close to exact synchrony. Considerations of the isotropic molecular orientational distribution and the finite vibrational relaxation times are also essential in obtaining quantitative agreement with experimental results.


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