Abstract

The equivalent Fresnel numbers of two unstable resonators of current interest for application in free-electron lasers are negative. For a resonator of this class, the equivalent collimated round-trip propagation of Siegman’s canonical formulation is a time-reversed propagation, and the modes and eigenvalues are the complex conjugates of those corresponding to a resonator having a positive equivalent Fresnel number with the same magnitude.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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