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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2966–2978

Brewster angle prism retroreflectors for cavity enhanced spectroscopy

Kevin K. Lehmann, Paul S. Johnston, and Paul Rabinowitz  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 16, pp. 2966-2978 (2009)

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The design of a high finesse optical cavity made from two prism retroreflectors is fully described. Optical beam propagation calculations to determine the specification of prism angles and relative dimensions, the size of the astigmatic TEM 00 beam as it propagates in the cavity, and the sensitivity of the optic axis to changes in prism alignment and fabrication errors are presented. The effects of material dispersion are also quantified for three different materials: fused silica, calcium fluoride, and barium fluoride. The predictions made are found to be in good agreement with experimental results obtained from prisms we had made from fused silica. Prisms made of CaF 2 and BaF 2 are predicted to be useful for applications in the UV and mid-IR spectral regions, respectively.

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(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

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Original Manuscript: December 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2009
Published: May 20, 2009

Kevin K. Lehmann, Paul S. Johnston, and Paul Rabinowitz, "Brewster angle prism retroreflectors for cavity enhanced spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 48, 2966-2978 (2009)

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