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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 8, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1969
  • pp: 189–196

Degenerate Optical Cavities

J. A. Arnaud  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 189-196 (1969)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.8.000189


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Abstract

An optical cavity is degenerate when an arbitrary ray retraces its own path after a single round trip. The condition for degeneracy is given for ring type cavities incorporating internal lenses, using geometrical optics methods. The simplest linear configurations require a spherical mirror or a corner cube, a thin lens, and a plane mirror. Planar rings with four plane mirrors require at least three thin focusing elements. A nonplanar ring is discussed which requires only two thin lenses. The alignment of degenerate cavities is, in general, as critical as the alignment of plane Fabry-Perot.

© 1969 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 31, 1968
Published: January 1, 1969

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J. A. Arnaud, "Degenerate Optical Cavities," Appl. Opt. 8, 189-196 (1969)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-8-1-189

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