Abstract

An intuitive technique has been developed in which the lowest- and the higher-order modes for unstable resonators having rectangular or circular mirrors are derived. Instead of two mirrors, it considers the resonator to consist of a train of diffractive edges that are virtual images of the edge of the feedback mirror. Circular-mirror unstable resonators are shown not to exhibit the exact geometrical mode even at high Fresnel numbers.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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