The gain achieved in lasing to the ground state following short-pulse field ionization by a pump laser is highly transient. It will usually persist for only tens of picoseconds because of the rapid filling and negligible emptying of the ground state. Employing a detailed atomic model of lasing in hydrogen, we show that the removal of ground-state population by an appropriate broadband ionizing radiation field can enhance and prolong the gain in such a laser.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics