RP Resonator – Advanced Software for
Laser Resonator Design and Optimization
What the Software Does
RP Resonator can calculate properties of optical resonators. More specifically, the software calculates beam radii, the sensitivity of the resonator modes e.g. to thermal lensing and misalignment, dispersion from geometric effects, Gouy phase shifts, frequency degeneracies of resonator modes, etc. Results can be displayed graphically, and sophisticated optimizations are possible.
More details are given on the page describing the underlying physical model. The software runs on an ordinary PC under Microsoft Windows.
RP Resonator can be used for various purposes:
- analyzing existing resonator designs, for example for checking stability zones, alignment sensitivity, dispersion effects, etc.
- finding optimized resonator designs, for example in order to optimize the performance of lasers
- refining one's understanding of resonators, e.g. by performing numerical experiments
Only by using such a comprehensive physical model it is possible to obtain a reliable understanding and thus to reach designs with optimum performance in a fast and efficient manner.
Keep in mind that many aspects of laser performance – for example, the power efficiency, beam quality and alignment sensitivity – are strongly influenced by details of the resonator design. Therefore, any decent laser development process must include careful work on the resonator design.
RP Resonator is very suitable for the following institutions:
- industrial companies developing lasers and parametric oscillators, or devices containing passive optical resonators
- research laboratories, where aspects of such devices are explored in detail
- educational institutions, creating a solid technical understanding of such devices
In any case, RP Resonator will give you a substantial competitive advantage, as your work will be more effective and efficient: you will have the means to find out quickly and reliably what the properties of your resonator are and how they could be improved.