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Applied Optics

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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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* At the time of publication Lee W. Casperson was affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles

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