The effect of mirror misalignment of spherical resonators is investigated experimentally and compared to first-order perturbation theory. An expression D is derived, which characterizes the misalignment sensitivity of any spherical resonator. It is proved experimentally that this misalignment sensitivity depends on the effective resonator length L* and the gi parameters only.
© 1980 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 15, 1979
Published: February 15, 1980
R. Hauck, H. P. Kortz, and H. Weber, "Misalignment sensitivity of optical resonators," Appl. Opt. 19, 598-601 (1980)