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Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy$
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Alan Corney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211456.001.0001

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Resonant modes of optical cavities

Resonant modes of optical cavities

(p.355) 12 Resonant modes of optical cavities
Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy

Alan Corney

Oxford University Press

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

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