We study the response of a high-finesse optical cavity to a cw laser during the laser frequency passage through resonance. For a laser that is spectrally larger than the cavity resonance, laser-field phase fluctuations are converted into amplitude fluctuations, and cavity injection is intrinsically noisy. We develop a model based on Schawlow-Townes spontaneous-emission laser broadening and discuss in detail its effects on high-sensitivity spectroscopic techniques such as cavity-enhanced absorption or cavity ring-down spectroscopy. We present realistic simulations of cavity injection during a sweep through resonance and calculation of statistical quantities such as the average injection efficiency. Agreement with experimental observations is established.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2002
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2002
Published: November 20, 2002
Jérôme Morville, Daniele Romanini, Marc Chenevier, and Alexander Kachanov, "Effects of laser phase noise on the injection of a high-finesse cavity," Appl. Opt. 41, 6980-6990 (2002)