The Phantom Laser
Stephen R. Wilk
In most cases, laser alignment
is a delicate, time-consuming
process. That’s why I was really annoyed
when I found that an unstable resonator
system I was working on had spontaneously
“decided” to become a perfectly
aligned stable resonator. The power concentration
at the end mirror had become
so great that it had blown the coating off
the multilayer stack.
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