- Schwarz, S.E. and Tan, T.Y., Wave interactions in saturable absorbers,
Applied Physics Letters, vol. 10 no. 1
pp. 4 - 6 .
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It is shown that the presence of a strong wave will cause the line to appear to be "hole-burned" when probed by a second wave, even though the broadening mechanisms are conventionally homogeneous. This effect would be expected to work against the tendency of dye-switched ruby lasers to operate in a single mode. Related effects should play a role in optical pulse generators and in other devices using saturable absorbers.
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