Abstract

An exact diffraction integral formulation of the adaptive compensation of a quadratic phase aberration located within an unstable cavity is presented. The quadratic phase aberration, situated at a single transverse plane within the cavity, represents an arbitrary linear combination of tilt, defocus, cylinder, and astigmatism phase aberrations. An analysis of the coupling between these aberrations and their influence on the perturbed-cavity mode in a positive-branch, confocal unstable resonator is provided.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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