Abstract

The spatial shaping of laser beams is a subject of research in modern optics. Recently the introduction of diffractive elements in laser resonators has offered an alternative to external beam-shaping optics by mode shaping within the resonator. We describe the specification of the laser resonator mirrors to obtain by means of internal mode shaping a desired beam outside the resonator. Modal discrimination of the modified resonator and the mirror alignment sensitivity is discussed. Basic features of resonator-originated and external beam shaping are compared.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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