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Passive cavity transverse-mode stability and its influence on the active cavity mode properties for unstable optical resonators
Author(s): Kurt Edmund Oughstun
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Paper Abstract

Passive-cavity transverse-mode stability properties such as the transverse-mode discrimination ratio and aberration sensitivity are analyzed. The influence of the diffractive formation of the transverse-mode field distribution on the aberration sensitivity is studied, along with the relationships between this sensitivity measure and the diffractive transverse-mode discrimination in a cavity. It is shown that the passive unstable-cavity mode stability properties are connected with the properties of the central core region of the resonator that is defined by the cavity Fresnel zone structure. Specifically, the transverse-mode discrimination or separation ratio with any perturbation or aberration source is a maximum when there is a constructive interference along with the cavity optic axis between the edge scattered converging wave field from the feedback aperture and the dominant geometric mode of the cavity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 1224, Optical Resonators, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18428
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Kurt Edmund Oughstun, Univ. of Vermont (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1224:
Optical Resonators
Dale A. Holmes, Editor(s)

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