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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 3471–3482

Spherical reference cavities for frequency stabilization of lasers in non-laboratory environments

David R. Leibrandt, Michael J. Thorpe, Mark Notcutt, Robert E. Drullinger, Till Rosenband, and James C. Bergquist  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 3471-3482 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.003471


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Abstract

We present an optical cavity design that is insensitive to both vibrations and orientation. The design is based on a spherical cavity spacer that is held rigidly at two points on a diameter of the sphere. Coupling of the support forces to the cavity length is reduced by holding the sphere at a “squeeze insensitive angle” with respect to the optical axis. Finite element analysis is used to calculate the acceleration sensitivity of the spherical cavity for the ideal geometry as well as for several varieties of fabrication errors. The measured acceleration sensitivity for an initial, sub-ideal version of the mounted cavity is 4.0(5) × 10−11/g, 1.6(3) × 10−10/g, and 3.1(1) × 10−10/g (where g = 9.81 m/s2) for accelerations along the vertical and two horizontal directions, and the fractional frequency stability of a laser locked to the cavity is 1.2 × 10−15 between 0.4 and 13 s. This low acceleration sensitivity combined with the orientation insensitivity that comes with a rigid mount indicates that this cavity design could allow frequency stable lasers to operate in non-laboratory environments.

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OCIS Codes
(120.7280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Vibration analysis
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 2011
Published: February 8, 2011

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David R. Leibrandt, Michael J. Thorpe, Mark Notcutt, Robert E. Drullinger, Till Rosenband, and James C. Bergquist, "Spherical reference cavities for frequency stabilization of lasers in non-laboratory environments," Opt. Express 19, 3471-3482 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-4-3471


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