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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 23 — Nov. 5, 2012
  • pp: 25409–25420

Prototype of an ultra-stable optical cavity for space applications

B. Argence, E. Prevost, T. Lévèque, R. Le Goff, S. Bize, P. Lemonde, and G. Santarelli  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25409-25420 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.025409


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Abstract

We report the main features and performances of a prototype of an ultra-stable cavity designed and realized by industry for space applications with the aim of space missions. The cavity is a 100 mm long cylinder rigidly held at its midplane by a engineered mechanical interface providing an efficient decoupling from thermal and vibration perturbations. Intensive finite element modeling was performed in order to optimize thermal and vibration sensitivities while getting a high fundamental resonance frequency. The system was designed to be transportable, acceleration tolerant (up to several g) and temperature range compliant [−33°C ; 73°C]. Thermal isolation is ensured by gold coated Aluminum shields inside a stainless steel enclosure for vacuum. The axial vibration sensitivity was evaluated at (4 ± 0.5) × 10−11/(m.s−2), while the transverse one is < 1 × 10−11/(m.s−2). The fractional frequency instability is ≲ 1×10−15 from 0.1 to a few seconds and reaches 5–6×10−16 at 1s.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: July 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2012
Published: October 25, 2012

Citation
B. Argence, E. Prevost, T. Lévèque, R. Le Goff, S. Bize, P. Lemonde, and G. Santarelli, "Prototype of an ultra-stable optical cavity for space applications," Opt. Express 20, 25409-25420 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-23-25409


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