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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2000
  • pp: 524–529

Kaleidoscope laser

G. S. McDonald, G. P. Karman, G. H. C. New, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 524-529 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.17.000524


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Abstract

We report the first calculations of mode patterns of unstable-cavity lasers with truly two-dimensional transverse geometries. A detailed account of numerical techniques, incorporating a nonorthogonal beam-propagation method, and results for cavities with a range of transverse symmetries, such as regular polygonal and rhomboid, are presented. In view of the beautiful complexity of the eigenmodes predicted, a novel kaleidoscope laser is proposed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(110.1220) Imaging systems : Apertures
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators

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G. S. McDonald, G. P. Karman, G. H. C. New, and J. P. Woerdman, "Kaleidoscope laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 524-529 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-17-4-524

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