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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 10 — May. 19, 2014
  • pp: 11583–11591

A high-finesse broadband optical cavity using calcium fluoride prism retroreflectors

Brian Lee, Kevin Lehmann, Joshua Taylor, and Azer Yalin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 11583-11591 (2014)

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A high-finesse broadband optical cavity has been developed for use in the ultraviolet and visible region using Brewster-angle calcium fluoride (CaF2) prism retroreflectors. Prior to prism construction, optical loss measurements of CaF2 windows were performed using cavity ring-down spectroscopy at 250 nm. Total optical loss showed high spatial correlation with crystal birefringence, which was partially mitigated by orienting the <111> crystal axis with the laser beam. Prism reflectivity was measured using cavity ring-down spectroscopy and found to be 99.77% at 250 nm and 99.96% at 500 nm, allowing for relatively high-finesse operation over hundreds of nm bandwidth with a single cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3220) Materials : Ionic crystals
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6540) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultraviolet

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: March 3, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 29, 2014
Published: May 6, 2014

Brian Lee, Kevin Lehmann, Joshua Taylor, and Azer Yalin, "A high-finesse broadband optical cavity using calcium fluoride prism retroreflectors," Opt. Express 22, 11583-11591 (2014)

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