The Q-factor of a continuous-wave laser

M. Eichhorn, Markus Pollnau

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    We define the finite Q-factor of a continuous-wave lasing resonator as the energy of coherent photons stored in the resonator at a given time over the energy of these coherent photons lost per oscillation cycle.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics: Science and Innovations (CLEO: S and I)
    Place of PublicationWashington, DC
    PublisherOptical Society of America
    PagesPaper JW2A.29
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-55752-943-5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012
    EventConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2012 - San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, United States
    Duration: 6 May 201211 May 2012

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    PublisherOptical Society of America


    ConferenceConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2012
    Abbreviated titleCLEO
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Jose


    • METIS-286381
    • IR-80509
    • IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
    • Optical resonators
    • Laser theory
    • EWI-21904

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