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Limits imposed by spatial hole burning on the single-mode operation of standing-wave laser cavities

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Abstract

A simple formula is derived that gives the ratio of the maximum single-longitudinal-mode inversion density to the threshold inversion density for a standing-wave laser in terms of the cavity geometry and well-known material parameters. This formula can be used as a guideline in the design of single-frequency lasers.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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