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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 23, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1984
  • pp: 1238–1245

Mirror reflectometer based on optical cavity decay time

Dana Z. Anderson, Josef C. Frisch, and Carl S. Masser  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 8, pp. 1238-1245 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.23.001238


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Abstract

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

History
Original Manuscript: January 13, 1983
Published: April 15, 1984

Citation
Dana Z. Anderson, Josef C. Frisch, and Carl S. Masser, "Mirror reflectometer based on optical cavity decay time," Appl. Opt. 23, 1238-1245 (1984)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-23-8-1238

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