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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 14 — Jul. 11, 2005
  • pp: 5565–5573

Adjustment-free cat’s eye cavity He-Ne laser and its outstanding stability

Zhiguang Xu, Shulian Zhang, Yan Li, and Wenhua Du  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 14, pp. 5565-5573 (2005)

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This paper introduces an innovative He-Ne laser which exhibits many advantages to current He-Ne lasers. With cat’s eye reflector as the reflecting mirror, the new laser can solve the conventional problems of laser adjustment and power stability. Comprehensive experiments are carried out both in a half-external cavity and a full-external cavity He-Ne laser. Then the results from the cat’s eye cavity, plane-concave mirror cavity and concave-concave mirror cavity are compared, which show that in half-external cavity laser, cat’s eye cavity can improve the laser stability up to 10 times better than other cavities and lower the power drift significantly. And in the full-external case the improvements are much greater even up to 60 times and power drift is minished greatly too. The adjustment problem is also considered and solved. A stable and adjustment-free He-Ne laser is finally realized. The examination of a cat’s eye reflector is described.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 4, 2005
Published: July 11, 2005

Zhiguang Xu, Shulian Zhang, Yan Li, and Wenhua Du, "Adjustment-free cat�??s eye cavity He-Ne laser and its outstanding stability," Opt. Express 13, 5565-5573 (2005)

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