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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — May. 25, 2009
  • pp: 8970–8982

A vibration-insensitive optical cavity and absolute determination of its ultrahigh stability

Y. N. Zhao, J. Zhang, A. Stejskal, T. Liu, V. Elman, Z. H. Lu, and L. J. Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 8970-8982 (2009)

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We use the three-cornered-hat method to evaluate the absolute frequency stabilities of three different ultrastable reference cavities, one of which has a vibration-insensitive design that does not even require vibration isolation. An Nd:YAG laser and a diode laser are implemented as light sources. We observe ~ 1 Hz beat note linewidths between all three cavities. The measurement demonstrates that the vibration-insensitive cavity has a good frequency stability over the entire measurement time from 100 μs to 200 s. An absolute, correlation-removed Allan deviation of 1.4 × 10−15 at 1 s of this cavity is obtained, giving a frequency uncertainty of only 0.44 Hz.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2009
Published: May 13, 2009

Y. N. Zhao, J. Zhang, A. Stejskal, T. Liu, V. Elman, Z. H. Lu, and L. J. Wang, "A vibration-insensitive optical cavity and absolute determination of its ultrahigh stability," Opt. Express 17, 8970-8982 (2009)

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