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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 21935–21943

A simple technique for accurate and complete characterisation of a Fabry-Perot cavity

C. R. Locke, D. Stuart, E. N. Ivanov, and A. N. Luiten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 21935-21943 (2009)

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It has become a significant challenge to accurately characterise the properties of recently developed very high finesse optical resonators (F>106). A similar challenge is encountered when trying to measure the properties of cavities in which either the probing laser or the cavity length is intrinsically unstable. We demonstrate in this article the means by which the finesse, mode-matching, free spectral range, mirror transmissions and dispersion may be measured easily and accurately even when the laser or cavity has a relatively poor intrinsic frequency stability.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2009
Published: November 16, 2009

C. R. Locke, D. Stuart, E. N. Ivanov, and A. N. Luiten, "A simple technique for accurate and complete characterisation of a Fabry-Perot cavity," Opt. Express 17, 21935-21943 (2009)

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