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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2476–2482

Analysis of reentrant two-mirror nonplanar ring laser cavity

Hung-Tsang Tuan and Sheng-Lung Huang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2476-2482 (2005)

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A rigorous analysis is performed on the reentrant nonplanar ring laser cavity constructed by a Herriott-type multipass cell. Since the cavity is highly nonplanar, the angle between the incident planes at each reflection becomes different from that of the image rotation angles. The beam rotation, astigmatism, and spherical aberration are considered to obtain a self-consistent solution of the Gaussian beam. It turns out that spherical aberration is an important issue for this nonplanar resonator. Without taking into account the spherical aberration, a stable resonator would be difficult to realize. Using a self-consistent Gaussian beam propagation method, the laser beam characteristics are solved analytically. The results are compared with that of the 2 × 2 ABCD method.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 30, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2005
Published: November 1, 2005

Hung-Tsang Tuan and Sheng-Lung Huang, "Analysis of reentrant two-mirror nonplanar ring laser cavity," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 2476-2482 (2005)

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