Resonators containing a focusing rod are thoroughly analyzed. It is shown that, as a function of the dioptric power of the rod, two stability zones of the same width exist and that the mode volume in the rod always presents a stationary point. At this point, the output power is insensitive to the focal length fluctuations, and the mode volume inside the rod is inversely proportional to the range of the input power for which the resonator is stable. The two zones are markedly different with respect to misalignment sensitivity, which is, in general, much greater in one zone than in the other. Two design procedures are presented for monomode solid-state laser resonators with large mode volume and low sensitivity both to focal length fluctuations and to misalignment.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 12, 1985
Published: January 1, 1986
Vittorio Magni, "Resonators for solid-state lasers with large-volume fundamental mode and high alignment stability," Appl. Opt. 25, 107-117 (1986)