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Multi-Gaussian beams: a super-Gaussian alternative
Author(s): Anthony A. Tovar
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Paper Abstract

The multi-Gaussian beam shape is proposed as a model for aperture functions and laser beam profiles which have a nearly flat top, but whose sides decrease continuously. Beams and apertures of this type represent a simple, elegant, and intuitive alternative to super-Gaussian beams. The design of lasers that have these beams as its eigenmodes is discussed. Such laser resonators would have increased energy extraction from the laser amplifier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3930, Laser Resonators III, (12 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.385392
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Anthony A. Tovar, Eastern Oregon Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3930:
Laser Resonators III
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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