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  • Editor: Glenn D. Boreman
  • Vol. 44, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2005
  • pp: 7793–7801

Wavelength references for interferometry in air

Richard W. Fox, Brian R. Washburn, Nathan R. Newbury, and Leo Hollberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 36, pp. 7793-7801 (2005)

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Cavity-mode wavelengths in air are determined by measuring a laser’s frequency while it is locked to the mode in vacuum during a calibration step and subsequently correcting the mode wavelength for atmospheric pressure compression, temperature difference, and material aging. Using a Zerodur ring cavity, we demonstrate a repeatability of ±2 × 10−8 (3σ), with the wavelength accuracy limited to ±4 × 10−8 by knowledge of the absolute helium gas temperature during the pressure calibration. Mirror cleaning perturbed the mode frequency by less than Δν/ν ∼ 3 × 10−9, limited by temperature correction residuals.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology

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Original Manuscript: April 6, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2005
Published: December 20, 2005

Richard W. Fox, Brian R. Washburn, Nathan R. Newbury, and Leo Hollberg, "Wavelength references for interferometry in air," Appl. Opt. 44, 7793-7801 (2005)

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