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Stability properties of a rotating astigmatic optical cavity
Author(s): Steven J. M. Habraken; Gerard Nienhuis
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Paper Abstract

We study the effects of rotation on the stability properties of an astigmatic two-mirror cavity. We show that rotation can both stabilize and destabilize a cavity and investigate the effects of such a rotationally-induced transition on the spatial structure and the orbital angular momentum of the cavity modes. Our method relies on the connection between ray and wave optics and is exact within the time-dependent paraxial approximation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7227, Complex Light and Optical Forces III, 72270H (6 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808812
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Steven J. M. Habraken, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Gerard Nienhuis, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7227:
Complex Light and Optical Forces III
Enrique J. Galvez; David L. Andrews; Jesper Glückstad, Editor(s)

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