Temporal criterion for single-frequency operation of passively Q-switched lasers.

@article{Isyanova1999TemporalCF,
  title={Temporal criterion for single-frequency operation of passively Q-switched lasers.},
  author={Yelena Isyanova and David Welford},
  journal={Optics letters},
  year={1999},
  volume={24 15},
  pages={1035-7}
}
An analytical expression for the difference in buildup time between two longitudinal modes in a passively Q -switched laser resonator is developed and compared with experimental laser data. The results support the following temporal criterion for single-frequency, passively Q -switched operation: The difference in buildup time between any two longitudinal modes of the laser resonator should be comparable with or greater than the laser pulse duration to ensure single-frequency operation. 

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