Analysis of Modes in an Unstable Strip Laser Resonator.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The mode eigenvalue equation for an unstable strip laser resonator is developed from scalar diffraction theory. The field distributions are expressed as a series and the integral is then evaluated using a first order approximation to the method of stationary phase. The resulting approximate closed form is rearranged to form an eingenvalue polynomial, the roots of which are the mode eigenvalues. Eigenfunction expressions are then developed using second order approximation to the method of stationary phase. Modifications to these expressions are then made to account for the presence of uniform gain in the resonator. The results of a computer program using the derived expressions are presented. Comparisons to previously published results are made for the bare cavity case, and results for the loaded cavity case follow. Author
- Lasers and Masers
- Statistics and Probability