Abstract

The effect of reflective multipass interferometers on the transverse modes of laser cavities equipped with these devices is investigated. We demonstrate, both theoretically and experimentally in a pulsed CO2 laser, how information on the characteristics of these modes can be directly derived by simply describing these cavities in terms of suitable equivalent geometric parameters. We also discuss and explain the transverse-mode selective properties of these multimirror cavities.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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