Waves and rays in plano-concave laser cavities: II. A semiclassical approach

  title={Waves and rays in plano-concave laser cavities: II. A semiclassical approach},
  author={A. Pascal and Stefan Bittner and Barbara Dietz and Andrea Trabattoni and Christian Ulysse and Marco Romanelli and Marc Brunel and J. Zyss and M'elanie Lebental},
  journal={European Journal of Physics},
This second paper on the Fabry-Perot cavity presents a semi-classical approach, which means that we consider the transition from wave optics to geometrical optics. The basic concepts are the periodic orbits and their stability. For the plano-concave Fabry-Perot cavity in the paraxial approximation, the derivation of the trace formula demonstrates that the spectrum is based only on the axial periodic orbit and its repetitions. Experiments with microlasers illustrate the relation to periodic… 

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