We review the theory of optical interferometers in which a light mirror is suspended to swing as a pendulum and can therefore respond to radiation-pressure forces. The basic principles are elaborated on by considering a two-mirror system, and optical bistability and mirror confinement are predicted. A three-mirror system is also described that is capable of producing a far higher level of mirror confinement. White- and ground-noise analyses are given.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 22, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 1985
Published: November 1, 1985
P. Meystre, J. D. McCullen, E. Vignes, and E. M. Wright, "Theory of radiation-pressure-driven interferometers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 1830-1840 (1985)