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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 24429–24443

Bessel-Gauss beam enhancement cavities for high-intensity applications

William P. Putnam, Damian N. Schimpf, Gilberto Abram, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 24429-24443 (2012)

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We introduce Bessel-Gauss beam enhancement cavities that may circumvent the major obstacles to more efficient cavity-enhanced high-field physics such as high-harmonic generation. The basic properties of Bessel-Gauss beams are reviewed and their transformation properties through simple optical systems (consisting of spherical and conical elements) are presented. A general Bessel-Gauss cavity design strategy is outlined, and a particular geometry, the confocal Bessel-Gauss cavity, is analyzed in detail. We numerically simulate the confocal Bessel-Gauss cavity and present an example cavity with 300 MHz repetition rate supporting an effective waist of 33 μm at the focus and an intensity ratio from the focus to the cavity mirror surfaces of 1.5 × 104.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics
(070.5753) Fourier optics and signal processing : Resonators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2012
Published: October 11, 2012

William P. Putnam, Damian N. Schimpf, Gilberto Abram, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Bessel-Gauss beam enhancement cavities for high-intensity applications," Opt. Express 20, 24429-24443 (2012)

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