The effects of an intracavity spatial filter in a half-symmetric unstable bare cavity resonator have been studied using iterative propagation techniques to obtain pure l-mode resonator solutions. The results indicate that the mode-loss difference is highest when the spatial-filter radius is at the first or third dark ring of the Airy pattern at the spatial filter. Furthermore, the results are not directly dependent on the resonator-equivalent Fresnel number. Also presented are results indicating that aspherizing the feedback mirror can be done in such a way as to increase mode discrimination.
© 1979 Optical Society of America
W. H. Southwell, "Mode discrimination of unstable resonators with spatial filters and by phase modification," Opt. Lett. 4, 193-195 (1979)