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12 May 2000 Multi-Gaussian beams: a super-Gaussian alternative
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Proceedings Volume 3930, Laser Resonators III; (2000)
Event: Symposium on High-Power Lasers and Applications, 2000, San Jose, CA, United States
The multi-Gaussian beam shape is proposed as a model for aperture functions and laser beam profiles which have a nearly flat top, but whose sides decrease continuously. Beams and apertures of this type represent a simple, elegant, and intuitive alternative to super-Gaussian beams. The design of lasers that have these beams as its eigenmodes is discussed. Such laser resonators would have increased energy extraction from the laser amplifier.
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Anthony A. Tovar "Multi-Gaussian beams: a super-Gaussian alternative", Proc. SPIE 3930, Laser Resonators III, (12 May 2000);

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