Vectorial bistability and simultaneity of the two helicoidal stationary eigenstates of a ring laser

  • Bretenaker F
  • Le Floch A
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Abstract

The dynamics of the two helicoidal stationary eigenstates of a ring laser is investigated. It is experimentally shown that the choice of the isotopic composition of the HeNe gas discharge allows a control of the coupling constant of the two eigenstates. Vectorial bistability and vectorial simultaneity of the two eigenstates are observed and interpreted in the framework of a Landau potential model. © 1990.

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Authors

  • Fabien Bretenaker

  • Albert Le Floch

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