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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12707–12714

Kaleidoscope modes in large aperture Porro prism resonators

Liesl Burger and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12707-12714 (2008)

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We apply a new method of modeling Porro prism resonators, using the concept of rotating loss screens, to study stable and unstable Porro prism resonator. We show that the previously observed petal–like modal output is in fact only the lowest order mode, and reveal that a variety of kaleidoscope beam modes will be produced by these resonators when the intra–cavity apertures are sufficiently large to allow higher order modes to oscillate. We also show that only stable resonators will produce these modes.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2008
Published: August 7, 2008

Liesl Burger and Andrew Forbes, "Kaleidoscope modes in large aperture Porro prism resonators," Opt. Express 16, 12707-12714 (2008)

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