Accession Number : AD0621320

Title :   NONLINEAR EFFECTS IN TRAVELING WAVE LASER AMPLIFIERS.

Descriptive Note : Scientific rept.,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA QUANTUM ELECTRONICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Close,D. H.

Report Date : MAY 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 218

Abstract : Using semiclassical radiation theory, a formalism similar to that used by Lamb in his 'Theory of an Optical Maser' is developed for studying the amplification of vector traveling waves in a laser-type medium. The effect of the medium on the waves is given in terms of space (or time) dependent field amplitudes and phases and a nonlinear index of refraction. With particular emphasis on typical gaseous media, the effects of Doppler broadening are treated in detail for arbitrary ratios of natural to Doppler linewidths. Polarization and propagation vectors in various directions are considered, and the nonlinear effects are found to make an isotropic medium effectively anisotropic. Lowest order nonlinear effects (due to a polarization cubic in the field amplitudes) are studied extensively, and the frequency dependence of several of these processes is presented in graphical form. In particular, the introduction of fields at new frequencies and polarization effects are considered. The characteristics of these nonlinear processes peculiar to Doppler broadened lines are discussed, and the processes are interpreted in terms of saturation and coherent modulation of the population inversion density.

Descriptors :   (*LASERS, THEORY), REFRACTIVE INDEX, GAIN, DOPPLER EFFECT, MOTION, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, FIELD THEORY, PERTURBATION THEORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE