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optical resonator

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A part of a laser, consisting of two mirrors, one highly reflective and one partly reflective, placed on either side of a laser pump. Amplified light bounces back and forth between the mirrors, enhancing stimulated emission within the pump, eventually being emitted through the partly reflective mirror. See more at laser.
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