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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1997
  • pp: 8626–8631

Laser initiation and beam quality evolution in a confocal unstable resonator, short-pulse-duration laser

Theodore F. Ewanizky  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 33, pp. 8626-8631 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.36.008626


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Abstract

The subjects of laser initiation and beam quality evolution in short-pulse-duration systems that employ confocal unstable resonators motivated this work. Experimentation and analysis of the performance of a laser-pumped, organic dye laser are presented. Combined results indicate that a saturation flux arises through a coalescence of stabilized, diverging-mode components of the initially emitted fluorescence. The <i>ABCD</i> law method was used to devise calculational techniques that clearly demonstrate the particular mechanisms responsible for rapid mode stabilization, subsequent beam quality development, and laser initiation.

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Theodore F. Ewanizky, "Laser initiation and beam quality evolution in a confocal unstable resonator, short-pulse-duration laser," Appl. Opt. 36, 8626-8631 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-36-33-8626


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