Formation and annihilation of laser light pulse quanta in a thermodynamic-like pathway

Boris Vodonos*, Rafi Weill, Ariel Gordon, Alexander Bekker, Vladimir Smulakovsky, Omri Gat, Baruch Fischer

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Abstract

The thermodynamics of pulsed in lasers was investigated. The formation and annihilation of laser light pulses in a multipulse regime at various pumping and intracavity noise level were studied. It was observed that individual pulses carried an almost constant quantum of energy. It was also found that pulses successively disappeared, one by one, in a cascade of first order phase transitions as noise was increased and/or pumping was decreased. A quantized rf power effect was observed for the thermodynamic multiphase light system.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number153901
Pages (from-to)153901-1-153901-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume93
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Shmuel Fishman for helpful discussions. This work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) of the Israeli Academy of Sciences.

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