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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 16 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 14964–14975

Diffractively coupled Fabry-Perot resonator with power-recycling

Michael Britzger, Daniel Friedrich, Stefanie Kroker, Frank Brückner, Oliver Burmeister, Ernst-Bernhard Kley, Andreas Tünnermann, Karsten Danzmann, and Roman Schnabel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 16, pp. 14964-14975 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.014964


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Abstract

We demonstrate the optical coupling of two cavities without light transmission through a substrate. As the all-reflective coupling component, we use a dielectric low-efficiency 3-port diffraction grating. In contrast to a conventional transmissive coupling component, such an all-reflective coupler avoids all thermal effects that are associated with light absorption in the substrate. An all-reflective scheme for cavity coupling is of interest in the field of gravitational wave detection. In such detectors light that is resonantly enhanced inside the so-called power-recycling cavity is coupled to (kilometre-scale) Fabry-Perot resonators representing the arms of a Michelson interferometer. We realized such an all-reflective coupling in a table-top experiment. Our findings are in qualitative agreement with the theoretical model incorporating the characteristics of the 3-port grating used, and therefore encourage the application of all-reflective cavity couplers in future gravitational wave detectors.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(230.4555) Optical devices : Coupled resonators

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Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: April 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2011
Published: July 20, 2011

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Michael Britzger, Daniel Friedrich, Stefanie Kroker, Frank Brückner, Oliver Burmeister, Ernst-Bernhard Kley, Andreas Tünnermann, Karsten Danzmann, and Roman Schnabel, "Diffractively coupled Fabry-Perot resonator with power-recycling," Opt. Express 19, 14964-14975 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-16-14964


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