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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1959–1961

Transverse mode coupling in an optical resonator

Thijs Klaassen, Johan de Jong, Martin van Exter, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 15, pp. 1959-1961 (2005)

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Small-angle scattering due to mirror surface roughness is shown to couple the optical modes and deform the transmission spectra in a frequency-degenerate optical cavity. A simple model based on a random scattering matrix clearly visualizes the mixing and avoided crossings between multiple transverse modes. These effects are visible only in the frequency-domain spectra; cavity ringdown experiments are unaffected by changes in the spatial coherence, as they probe just the intracavity photon lifetime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators

Thijs Klaassen, Johan de Jong, Martin van Exter, and J. P. Woerdman, "Transverse mode coupling in an optical resonator," Opt. Lett. 30, 1959-1961 (2005)

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