Observation of the temporal evolution of transverse coherence in copper vapour lasers

D. W. Coutts*, M. D. Ainsworth, J. A. Piper

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    A wavefront folding Mach-Zehnder interferometer together with a fast gated diode array detector has been used to measure the temporal evolution of transverse coherence during the pulse from a copper vapour laser. The transverse coherence has been found to increase stepwise from a low initial value up to complete transverse coherence at the end of the pulse. The results are found to be in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-248
    Number of pages4
    JournalOptics Communications
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1992


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