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What is the gain profile of amplifying medium?

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GAIN PROFILE : Constructive interference of the waves within the cavity is required for laser action. The result is the condition of resonance: light waves are amplified strongly if, and only if, they satisfy the equation, 2nL=Nw where L is the ...

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(d) What must be the value of d2 in order for the optical path lengths to be equal (for the oil and water paths)?
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