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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1869–1871

Why are the eigenmodes of stable laser resonators structurally stable?

Alan Forrester, Margareta Lönnqvist, Miles J. Padgett, and Johannes Courtial  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 21, pp. 1869-1871 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001869


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Abstract

Optical resonators are usually examined wave optically. We consider geometrical imaging in stable canonical resonators. We show that, with important exceptions related to eigenmode degeneracy, stable resonators generally image all transverse planes into each other. This insight leads to an intuitive understanding of important properties of the corresponding eigenmodes, most notably their well-known structural stability, i.e., the property that the eigenmodes retain their shape on propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory

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Alan Forrester, Margareta Lönnqvist, Miles J. Padgett, and Johannes Courtial, "Why are the eigenmodes of stable laser resonators structurally stable?," Opt. Lett. 27, 1869-1871 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-21-1869

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