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Published October 1, 1979 | public
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A theoretical and experimental investigation of the modes of optical resonators with phase-conjugate mirrors


We present an analysis of resonator properties for a cavity bounded by a phase conjugate mirror, which is generated by a degenerate four-wave nonlinear optical interaction. Using a ray matrix formalism to describe the conjugate mirror, resonator stability conditions are derived. Longitudinal and transverse mode characteristics are discussed. Results are compared with an experiment where laser oscillation was observed at 6943 Å using carbon disulfide as the nonlinear interacting medium comprising the phase conjugate mirror.

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© Copyright 1979 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received March 26, 1979; revised May 21, 1979. This work was supported in part by the Army Research Office, Durham, NC and also by the Hughes Aircraft Company and Weizmann Institute. D. M. Pepper and D. Fekete are thankful to the Hughes Aircraft Company and the Weizmann Institute for their support.


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