Transverse optical mode patterns for an RF excited Ar-He-Xe laser

F.J. Blok, Nikolay N. Elkin, Igor V. Kochetov, Anatoly P. Napartovich, P.J.M. Peters, S.A. Starostin, Vera N. Troshchieva, Yu.B. Udalov, W.J. Witteman

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Transverse optical modes for an RF excited Ar-He-Xe laser are studied both experimentally and theoretically. A diffraction model for a waveguide with a nonsaturable gain and refractive index gradients placed between two plane mirrors is formulated. The effects of gain and diffraction index gradients and of diffraction in free space are evaluated for typical experimental conditions. A direct comparison between theoretical mode patterns and experimentally measured ones at distances of 17 and 114 cm from the output mirror demonstrated a satisfactory agreement for various laser wavelengths and gas mixture compositions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1786-1798
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE journal of quantum electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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