Abstract

The effect of optical cavity length perturbations on the intrapulse frequency stability of laser cavities terminating in reflective multipass interferometers is investigated. We demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally, in a long-pulse single-mode TEA CO2 laser, that intrapulse frequency chirping can be strongly reduced by using relatively long high-finesse interferometers. These results can be applied to the design of single-mode lasers with negligible chirping.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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