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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 16 — Aug. 13, 2004
  • pp: 1870–1872

Observation of Ince–Gaussian modes in stable resonators

Ulrich T. Schwarz, Miguel A. Bandres, and Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 16, pp. 1870-1872 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.001870


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Abstract

We report what is to our knowledge the first observation of Ince–Gaussian modes directly generated in a stable resonator. By slightly breaking the symmetry of the cavity of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO 4 laser and its pump beam configuration we were able to generate single high-order Ince–Gaussian modes of high quality. The observed transverse modes have an inherent elliptic structure and exhibit remarkable agreement with theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

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Ulrich T. Schwarz, Miguel A. Bandres, and Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, "Observation of Ince–Gaussian modes in stable resonators," Opt. Lett. 29, 1870-1872 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-16-1870

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