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Gaussian Optics

  • Reinhard Iffländer
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Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 77)

Abstract

The interaction of the radiation field with the excited atoms in the laser material, the stimulated emission, creates the utilizable laser power. The quality of the radiation field, particularly the intensity distribution, determines, next to the laser power, the field of laser applications. Therefore the laser beam must be characterized with respect to its optical qualities. In this chapter Gaussian optics is applied, which means:
  • Paraxial beams with a small slope a to the axis of the optical system. The trigonometric functions can be approximated by their argument, sina tana a.

  • Only spherical or cylindrical lenses and mirrors are used, which in the paraxial approximation can be replaced by parabolic optics.

Keywords

Gaussian Beam Mode Order High Order Mode Reference Plane Beam Waist 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Iffländer
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  1. 1.SchrambergGermany

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