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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2000
  • pp: 4616–4620

High-gain power recycling of a Fabry–Perot Michelson interferometer for a gravitational-wave antenna

Shuichi Sato, Masatake Ohashi, Masa-Katsu Fujimoto, Mitsuhiro Fukushima, Koichi Waseda, Shinji Miyoki, Nergis Mavalvala, and Hiroaki Yamamoto  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 25, pp. 4616-4620 (2000)

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Power recycling was implemented on a fully suspended prototype interferometer with arm lengths of 20 m. A wave-front-sensing technique for alignment control of the suspended mirrors was also implemented, which allowed for several hours of stable operation. A power-recycling gain of greater than 12 was achieved, a significant increase over the highest gain in a suspended mirror Fabry–Perot Michelson interferometer reported to date.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2780) General : Gravity
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

Original Manuscript: February 8, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 23, 2000
Published: September 1, 2000

Shuichi Sato, Masatake Ohashi, Masa-Katsu Fujimoto, Mitsuhiro Fukushima, Koichi Waseda, Shinji Miyoki, Nergis Mavalvala, and Hiroaki Yamamoto, "High-gain power recycling of a Fabry–Perot Michelson interferometer for a gravitational-wave antenna," Appl. Opt. 39, 4616-4620 (2000)

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