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ERIC Number: EJ818435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Mechanic-Like Resonance in the Maxwell-Bloch Equations
Meziane, Belkacem
European Journal of Physics, v29 n4 p781-797 Jul 2008
We show that, in their unstable regime of operation, the "Maxwell-Bloch" equations that describe light-matter interactions inside a bad-cavity-configured laser carry the same resonance properties as any externally driven mechanic or electric oscillator. This finding demonstrates that the nonlinearly coupled laser equations belong to the same universal family of forced oscillatory systems. The primary difference is that while mechanical or electrical systems are put into resonance with an external sinusoidal force with constant amplitude, the resonance curve of the laser equations is described exclusively in terms of linear pump scans, for fixed cavity and material decay rates. In both cases, however, the damping factors play the same fundamental role. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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