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Modes of Laser Operation

Definition: a mode of operation such as continuous-wave operation, Q-switched or mode-locked operation

German: Betriebsarten von Lasern

Category: lasers

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Lasers can be used in distinct modes of operation, the most important of which are:

In more exotic cases, lasers exhibit chaotic oscillations or fluctuations, or exhibit only amplified spontaneous emission.

Note that with modes in this article we do not mean modes of laser resonators, but simply different regimes which can be distinguished in laser operation.

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See also: pulse generation
and other articles in the category lasers

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