The Phantom Laser

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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