Abstract

The characteristics of unstable optical cavities have been investigated experimentally using a pulsed argon laser. We have studied the amplitude and phase distribution in the transverse modes of unstable cavities, as well as the characteristics of the output beam. Our experimental results are in qualitative agreement with existing theory. We have also demonstrated that an unstable cavity can be used to provide variable output coupling for a laser.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Iterative Diffraction Calculations of Transverse Mode Distributions in Confocal Unstable Laser Resonators

David B. Rensch and Arthur N. Chester
Appl. Opt. 12(5) 997-1010 (1973)

Aberration sensitivity of unstable-cavity geometries

Kurt Edmund Oughstun
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3(8) 1113-1141 (1986)

Temporal behavior of an unstable optical cavity

Olivier Emile, Dominique Chauvat, Albert Le Floch, and Fabien Bretenaker
Opt. Lett. 24(1) 22-24 (1999)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (5)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription