Abstract

Scaling laws for predicting the maximum cw output power from conventional Fabry-Perot HCN lasers are established as functions of resonator geometrical parameters, losses, and coupling. These results agree well with measured powers for lasers using different Fabry-Perot cavities. Comparison between these scaling laws and those previously established for cylindrical waveguide lasers shows that, for discharge lengths exceeding 0.5 m, the waveguide cavity is always the best design for the 337-μm HCN lasers.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

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