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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 3, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1986
  • pp: 1885–1891

Unstable-resonator-mode derivation using virtual-source theory

W. H. Southwell  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 3, Issue 11, pp. 1885-1891 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.3.001885


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Abstract

An intuitive technique has been developed in which the lowest- and the higher-order modes for unstable resonators having rectangular or circular mirrors are derived. Instead of two mirrors, it considers the resonator to consist of a train of diffractive edges that are virtual images of the edge of the feedback mirror. Circular-mirror unstable resonators are shown not to exhibit the exact geometrical mode even at high Fresnel numbers.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 20, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 1986
Published: November 1, 1986

Citation
W. H. Southwell, "Unstable-resonator-mode derivation using virtual-source theory," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1885-1891 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-3-11-1885

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