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Resonant modes of optical cavities

Alan Corney

in Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780199211456
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191705915 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211456.003.0012

Series: Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences

Resonant modes of optical cavities

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This chapter explains the frequencies and spatial distributions of resonant electromagnetic fields in optical cavities formed by highly reflecting plane or concave mirrors. Stable and unstable cavity arrangements are discussed. The total losses of the cavity, its Q-value, and the spectral purity of the laser output are explained.

Keywords: resonant modes; optical cavities; resonant electromagnetic field distributions; stable cavities; unstable cavities; cavity losses; Q-value; intrinsic laser linewidth

Chapter.  5965 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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