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  • Vol. 55, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1128–1132

Comments on “Resonant Modes of Optic Interferometric Cavities”

S. P. MORGAN and T. LI  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 55, Issue 9, pp. 1128-1132 (1965)

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Critical comments are made on a recent paper by Bergstein and Schachter [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 887 (1964)], which deals with the integral equations satisfied by the normal modes of laser resonators with plane-parallel end reflectors. It is pointed out that the paper lacks rigor, and that the numerical results do not agree very well with other published computations. The present state of knowledge relating to these integral equations is summarized.

S. P. MORGAN and T. LI, "Comments on “Resonant Modes of Optic Interferometric Cavities”," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1128-1132 (1965)

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  1. L. Bergstein and H. Schachter, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 887 (1964). Equations are numbered as in this reference.
  2. R. Courant and D. Hilbert, Methods of Mathematical Physics (Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1953), Vol. 1, p. 114.
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  7. Ref. 6, p. 42.
  8. A. G. Fox and T. Li, Bell System Tech. J. 40, 453 (1961). In the present notation, H = 2N.
  9. Ref. 1, Fig. 5, and Ref. 8, Fig. 8.
  10. Ref. 1, Fig. 11, and Ref. 8, Fig. 8.
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  15. A. G. Fox, T. Li, and S. P. Morgan, Appl. Opt. 2, 544 (1963).
  16. S. Kaplan and S. P. Morgan, I.E.E.E. Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. MTT-12, 254 (1964).
  17. L. A. Vainshtein, Zh. Eksperim. i Teor. Fiz. 44, 1050 (1963) [English transl.: Soviet Phys.—JETP 17, 709 (1963)].
  18. G. Goubau and J. R. Christian, I.E.E.E. Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. MTT-12, 212 (1964); Fig. 2.
  19. H. Hochstadt, SIAM Rev. 7 (to be published) has proved that Eq. (12.1) has an infinite number of eigenvalues, except possibly for a countable set of values of H. We wish to thank Professor Hochstadt for sending us an advance copy of the proof.

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