Mode characteristics of twisted resonators composed of two cylindrical mirrors

Justin L. Blows*, G. W. Forbes

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    Abstract

    We examine the optical resonator composed of two astigmatic elements, in a twisted configuration. These cavities have mode cross-sections with principal axes that rotate on propagation. Explicit cavity mode equations are derived for the case of identical mirrors. Such a resonator is appropriate for a solid-state laser that is end-pumped with the output of a laser-diode array brought to a line focus. We present a simple analysis of the significance of rotational misalignment, which effects the pump-to-mode power coupling, beam quality, and cavity stability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)184-190
    Number of pages7
    JournalOptics Express
    Volume2
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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