Photon Statistics, Instabilities and Phase Transitions in Dye Lasers
Recently Ray Schaefer and I  showed that the behavior of a dye laser could be considerably different than the usual laser behavior. Subsequently we indicated that the anomalous behavior of the dye laser could be interpreted in terms of a first order phase transition , instead of the conventional second order [3–5] laser phase transition analogy. In the present paper I want to develop the laser phase transition analogy further, in order to understand better the fundamentally different behavior possible in dye lasers, to develop further the differences between the second order and first order laser phase transitions analogies and to examine the role of fluctuations in phase transitions.
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