Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 23, Issue 9, pp 1105–1134

Recent developments in laser resonator design

  • V. Magni
  • G. Valentini
  • S. De Silvestri
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00619980

Cite this article as:
Magni, V., Valentini, G. & De Silvestri, S. Opt Quant Electron (1991) 23: 1105. doi:10.1007/BF00619980

Abstract

The problems related to resonators suitable for generation of diffraction-limited beams of high power or energy, and a few of the most significant recent solutions, are reviewed. In particular, this paper is addressed to two promising resonator configurations developed mainly for Nd:YAG (yttrium aluminium garnet) lasers: dynamically stable resonators of minimum misalignment sensitivity for lasers with a strong thermal lensing in the active rod and unstable resonators with variable reflectivity output mirrors of super-Gaussian profile. For both cases experimental data and simple design guidelines are discussed.

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© Chapman & Hall 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Magni
    • 1
  • G. Valentini
    • 1
  • S. De Silvestri
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro di Elettronica Quantistica e Strumentazione Elettronica del CNRIstituto di Fisica del PolitecnicoMilanItaly