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Details Of The Evolution Of The Output Divergence From Positive-Branch Confocal Unstable Resonators
Author(s): J M Eggleston
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Paper Abstract

In an unstable laser resonator, spontaneous emission, which is emitted by the gain medium just as the laser resonator rises above threshold, propagates around the resonator while being coherently amplified and eventually becomes the outcoupled light. The approximate output pattern of pulsed, collimated unstable resonators can be determined by the sizes of and distance between the output aperture and the image of the spontaneous emission source, as viewed from the output aperture by looking back through the optical chain of the unstable resonator. In this paper, a detailed analysis of the time dependent output pattern of two common, positive-branch unstable resonators is presented in geometrical optic regime. The effect of a dot outcoupler and multiple internal apertures on the output pattern is investigated and some simple rules for analyzing other resonators are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0895, Laser Optics for Intracavity and Extracavity Applications, (27 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944432
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J M Eggleston, Solidlite Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0895:
Laser Optics for Intracavity and Extracavity Applications
Philippe M. Fauchet; Karl H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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