This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation.
Gaussian beams, Lasers -- Resonators -- Analysis, Laser beams, Reflectance
Matrix techniques are applied to the mode analysis of laser resonators having spherical mirrors and Gaussian profiles of the mirror reflectivity. These same analytical methods provide a useful approximation to the mode and loss characteristics of conventional resonators having an abrupt discontinuity of the reflectivity. Mode selection in apertured waveguides and resonators is also discussed.
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