Described is a reflectometer capable of making reflectivity measurements of low-loss highly reflecting mirror coatings and transmission measurements of low-loss antireflection coatings. The technique directly measures the intensity decay time of an optical cavity comprised of low-loss elements. We develop the theoretical framework for the device and discuss in what conditions and to what extent the decay time represents a true measure of mirror reflectivity. Current apparatus provides a decay time resolution of 10 nsec and has demonstrated a cavity total loss resolution of 5 ppm.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 13, 1983
Published: April 15, 1984
Dana Z. Anderson, Josef C. Frisch, and Carl S. Masser, "Mirror reflectometer based on optical cavity decay time," Appl. Opt. 23, 1238-1245 (1984)