Abstract

It is well known that beam distortions in a laser cavity can deteriorate the laser’s beam quality, but why and exactly how the impact of such distortions can strongly depend on details of the resonator setup has not been studied in detail. This article clarifies the issue with a simple resonant mode coupling model, explaining e.g. why strong beam quality deterioration is often observed near certain (but not all) resonator frequency degeneracies, while a resonator can be very tolerant to distortions in other cases. These findings lead to important conclusions, including practical guidelines for optimizing laser beam quality via cavity design.

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Q. Zhang, B. Ozygus, and H. Weber, "Degeneration effects in laser cavities," Eur. Phys. J. AP 6, 293-298 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

A. E. Siegman, "New developments in laser resonators," Proc. SPIE 1224, 2-14 (1990).

1987 (1)

1977 (1)

A. E. Siegman, "Effects of small-scale phase perturbations on laser oscillator beam quality," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 13, 334-337 (1977).
[CrossRef]

1971 (1)

T. Kimura, K. Otsuka, and M. Saruwatari, "Spatial hole-burning effects in a Nd3+:YAG laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 225-230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

de Jong, J.

Kimura, T.

T. Kimura, K. Otsuka, and M. Saruwatari, "Spatial hole-burning effects in a Nd3+:YAG laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 225-230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Klaassen, T.

Magni, V.

Otsuka, K.

T. Kimura, K. Otsuka, and M. Saruwatari, "Spatial hole-burning effects in a Nd3+:YAG laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 225-230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Ozygus, B.

Q. Zhang, B. Ozygus, and H. Weber, "Degeneration effects in laser cavities," Eur. Phys. J. AP 6, 293-298 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Saruwatari, M.

T. Kimura, K. Otsuka, and M. Saruwatari, "Spatial hole-burning effects in a Nd3+:YAG laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 225-230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

A. E. Siegman, "New developments in laser resonators," Proc. SPIE 1224, 2-14 (1990).

A. E. Siegman, "Effects of small-scale phase perturbations on laser oscillator beam quality," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 13, 334-337 (1977).
[CrossRef]

van Exter, M.

Weber, H.

Q. Zhang, B. Ozygus, and H. Weber, "Degeneration effects in laser cavities," Eur. Phys. J. AP 6, 293-298 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Woerdman, J. P.

Zhang, Q.

Q. Zhang, B. Ozygus, and H. Weber, "Degeneration effects in laser cavities," Eur. Phys. J. AP 6, 293-298 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Eur. Phys. J. AP (1)

Q. Zhang, B. Ozygus, and H. Weber, "Degeneration effects in laser cavities," Eur. Phys. J. AP 6, 293-298 (1999).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

A. E. Siegman, "Effects of small-scale phase perturbations on laser oscillator beam quality," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 13, 334-337 (1977).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. E. Siegman, "New developments in laser resonators," Proc. SPIE 1224, 2-14 (1990).

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