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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 1999
  • pp: 388–399

Three-dimensional field structure in open unstable resonators Part I: Passive cavity results

Kurt E. Oughstun and Chris C. Khamnei  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 4, Issue 10, pp. 388-399 (1999)

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The three-dimensional field distribution of the diffractive cavity mode structure in a passive, open, unstable resonator is presented as a function of the equivalent Fresnel number of the cavity. The qualitative structure of this intracavity field distribution, including the central intensity core (or oscillator filament), is characterized in terms of the Fresnel zone structure that is defined over the cavity feedback aperture. Previous related research is reviewed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: March 5, 1999
Published: May 10, 1999

Kurt Oughstun and Chris Khamnei, "Three-dimensional field structure in open unstable resonators Part I: Passive cavity results," Opt. Express 4, 388-399 (1999)

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