Accession Number : AD0776541

Title :   Electromagnetic Field in a Laser Resonator.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Sep 72-Sep 73,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Carter,William H.

Report Date : 11 MAR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : A new theory has been formulated whereby the electromagnetic field inside resonator filled with an active medium is described through an expansion of the field into an angular spectrum of plane waves. The resonator is composed of two identical, circular reflectors of arbitrary size, focal length, and axial separation and contains an isotropic, homogeneous, saturable amplifying medium. This theory properly accounts for the vector properties of the field, is not limited by the usual paraxial approximations, and provides integral expressions for the spatial distribution of the field over the interior of the resonator in three dimensions. The expression for the transverse electric component of the field was evaluated numerically for several of the lower loss modes in confocal, spherical, and unstable resonators with linear dimensions the order of 10 wavelengths. These data indicate that some of the modes in confocal and spherical resonators are unstable, if the resonator has dimensions of a few wavelengths. The effect on the spatial distribution of the resonator field due to saturation of the amplifying medium is slight if spatial hole burning is neglected. The electromagnetic field given by this theory was also quantized, and the resulting formulation resembles the quantum theory for radiation in a closed resonator. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Lasers, *Resonators, Electromagnetic fields, Mathematical models

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE