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Homework Help: Interaction of Gaussian Beams with Optics

  1. Oct 21, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In a youtube video() it is explained how gaussian beams propagate through an optical lens. Using the complex parameter q [itex] \frac{1}{q} = \frac{1}{R} - \frac{j\lambda}{\pi n w^2}[/itex] (with R the radius of curvature), one can use the ABCD matrix to calculate the effect of an optical system. Then it is explained how one can calculate the minimum waist [itex] w_0 [/itex] and at which position z this minimum waist occurs. But at 3.12 the position z for the minimum waist is given as:
    [tex] z = \frac{Re[\frac{1}{q}]}{|\frac{1}{q}|^2} [/tex]

    What I dont understand is that [itex] Re[\frac{1}{q}] = \frac{1}{R} [/itex] but the radius of curvature at [itex] w_0 [/itex] is supposed to be infinite so z is always zero.
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  3. Oct 21, 2015 #2


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    At the very first minute of the video, ##q_{out}## was defined to be the ##q## parameter just after system B, not at the waist.
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