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Thermooptically perturbed resonators

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1 Author(s)
Stein, A. ; United Aircraft Research Laboratories, East Hartford, CT, USA

Heating of intracavity solid-state materials causes isotropic and anisotropic variations in the index of refraction which lead to optical phase and amplitude distortions of the oscillating mode. Two important perturbations are discussed: stress birefringence in optically pumped laser rods and spherical aberration due to heating of intracavity elements, such as a nonlinear crystal, by the laser beam. While these perturbations are well determined, their effect on optical resonators cannot be inferred from the single-pass data in any simple way.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 4 )