Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 25, Issue 11, pp 789–799

Interference wedge properties relevant to laser applications: transmission and reflection of restricted light beams

  • Marin Nenchev
  • Elena Stoykova

DOI: 10.1007/BF00430187

Cite this article as:
Nenchev, M. & Stoykova, E. Opt Quant Electron (1993) 25: 789. doi:10.1007/BF00430187


The optical properties of the interference wedge are analysed for the case of restricted laser beam illumination. By further development of Brossel's method, equations describing this case are derived and used to calculate the reflected and transmitted beam profiles for typical intracavity laser beam diameters (0.2–0.6 mm) for Gaussian and uniform intensity distributions. In particular, the experimentally observed formation of bright fringes outside the beam impact area at resonant wavelengths is explained. some useful dependencies concerning the wedge reflection and transmission for laser applications are obtained and experimentally demonstrated.

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© Chapman & Hall 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marin Nenchev
    • 1
  • Elena Stoykova
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique des LasersCNRS-Université Paris-NordVilletaneuseFrance
  2. 2.Institute of ElectronicsBulg. Acad. Sci.Bulgaria

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