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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 6035–6043

Effects of including a diffraction term into Rigrod theory for a continuous-wave laser

David L. Carroll and Joseph T. Verdeyen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 31, pp. 6035-6043 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.006035


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Abstract

Multimode, low-gain continuous-wave lasers are often subject to having intracavity apertures that create diffractive losses inside the optical resonator. For very low-gain systems with short gain lengths, highly reflective mirrors are required to obtain laser oscillation. The Rigrod theory was modified to include a diffractive loss term and comparisons with experimental data show that the intracavity diffractive losses, while small in magnitude, can play a significant role for these low-gain cases with high mirror reflectivities.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.1550) Lasers and laser optics : Chemical lasers
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2009
Published: October 28, 2009

Citation
David L. Carroll and Joseph T. Verdeyen, "Effects of including a diffraction term into Rigrod theory for a continuous-wave laser," Appl. Opt. 48, 6035-6043 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-31-6035

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