We propose an effective procedure, based on rather simple mathematical calculations, for optimal cavity design for a variety of laser geometries. In addition to the well-known guidelines from the literature, we suggest ways for the further optimization of a four-mirror cavity. The possibilities of using three- and two-mirror resonators for building compact Kerr-lens lasers are considered.
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V. L. Kalashnikov, V. P. Kalosha, I. G. Poloyko, and V. P. Mikhailov, "Optimal resonators for self-mode locking of continuous-wave solid-state lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 964-969 (1997)