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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1974
  • pp: 353–367

Unstable Optical Resonators

A. E. Siegman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 353-367 (1974)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.13.000353


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Abstract

This paper reviews the current level of theoretical understanding and experimental confirmation of the properties of unstable optical resonators for laser oscillators. A primary conclusion is that for any laser system characterized by a moderate gain per pass and a Fresnel number greater than a few times unity the unstable resonator provides the best practical resonator design for obtaining a high-quality near-diffraction-limited output laser beam combined with efficient energy extraction from the laser medium.

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History
Original Manuscript: July 24, 1973
Published: February 1, 1974

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A. E. Siegman, "Unstable Optical Resonators," Appl. Opt. 13, 353-367 (1974)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-13-2-353


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