Abstract

Beam profiles of the two light beams produced by a ring laser have been measured, corresponding to waves traveling in opposite directions around the ring. It is found that the two beam profiles do not change significantly as the cavity detuning from line center is reduced from several natural linewidths to zero, even though this is accompanied by large changes in the intensities and the fluctuations of the two light beams.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

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