For certain applications, a spectrum comprised of several longitudinal modes from a laser or optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is desirable. For example, a broad spectrum can reduce speckle in remote sensing. One way to achieve this is to allow an OPO to operate on several modes that evolve from quantum noise. Unfortunately, in this case the specturm fluctuates from pulse to pulse and can be a noise source.

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