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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2002
  • pp: 1689–1697

Laser stability and beam steering in a nonregular polygonal cavity

Bryn E. Currie, Geoffrey E. Stedman, and Robert W. Dunn  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 9, pp. 1689-1697 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.001689


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Abstract

Two laser stability criteria or lasing conditions for cavity geometry based on the standard ABCD matrix analysis and the Bilger and Stedman analysis [Appl. Opt. 26, 3710 (1987)] are reconciled. Beam steering from mirror misalignment is discussed similarly, generalizing the Bilger and Stedman analysis to nonregular polygons by extending the standard ABCD matrix analysis to 3 × 3 matrices, which facilitates the thorough design of large rectangular ring lasers and is applied to a number of existing or planned ring lasers with perimeters of 77–120 m.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

History
Original Manuscript: January 18, 2001
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2001
Published: March 20, 2002

Citation
Bryn E. Currie, Geoffrey E. Stedman, and Robert W. Dunn, "Laser stability and beam steering in a nonregular polygonal cavity," Appl. Opt. 41, 1689-1697 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-9-1689

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