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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 21 — Oct. 11, 2010
  • pp: 21540–21550

Application of the extended Jones matrix formalism for higher-order transverse modes to laser resonators

Andreas Voss, Marwan Abdou-Ahmed, and Thomas Graf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 21, pp. 21540-21550 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.021540


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Abstract

The extension of the Jones matrix formalism to higher-order transverse modes using N x N matrices presented in a previous paper [8] is applied to laser resonators. The resonator discussed in detail has a TEM01* Hermite-Gaussian mode, an axially symmetric polarizer combined with an axially symmetric phase shifter as a rear mirror and a folding mirror with conventional polarization dependent reflectivity and phase shift. The analysis reveals some useful regimes, where the output polarization is close to radial or azimuthal and the sensitivity to variations in the phase shift of the folding mirror is minimized.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 5, 2010
Published: September 27, 2010

Citation
Andreas Voss, Marwan Abdou-Ahmed, and Thomas Graf, "Application of the extended Jones matrix formalism for higher-order transverse modes to laser resonators," Opt. Express 18, 21540-21550 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-21-21540


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