Abstract

In lasers with nonorthogonal eigenmodes the excess-noise factor K can be large, especially in unstable-cavity lasers with hard-edged intracavity apertures. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first detailed study of the dependence of K on aperture shape. Calculations and measurements of K for unstable-cavity lasers with variable-size apertures of triangular, square, pentagonal, hexagonal, octagonal, and rhomboid symmetries are summarized. It is shown that both the magnitude of K and its resonant behavior strongly depend on aperture shape and that many aspects of this dependence can be explained in terms of one-dimensional resonance lengths.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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