Abstract

In this paper we experimentally demonstrate the intracavity generation of selected Laguerre–Gaussian modes of variable radial order, from 0 to 5. Our technique requires only an amplitude mask made up of absorbing rings to be placed inside the cavity, with the ring radii selected to coincide with the zeros of the desired Laguerre–Gaussian mode. We demonstrate high mode purity and a mode volume proportional to the order of the mode. Our results suggest a possible route to high brightness diode-pumped solid-state laser sources.

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