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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1986
  • pp: 365–367

Ultrahigh-finesse optical cavities

C. Fabre, R. G. DeVoe, and R. G. Brewer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 11, Issue 6, pp. 365-367 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.11.000365


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Abstract

As the finesse of a Fabry–Perot optical cavity increases to about 20,000, the fringe width (~10 kHz for a 50-cm cavity) is sufficiently narrow for transverse-mode splittings to be resolved by using a highly stabilized ring dye laser. A perturbative theory interprets this effect as a slight deviation of the cavity from cylindrical symmetry, the magnitude asymmetry being at the level of a few tenths of a nanometer. The understanding of these splittings will permit of accurate optical frequency measurements by the recently proposed optical–radio-frequency divider.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 10, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 1986
Published: June 1, 1986

Citation
C. Fabre, R. G. DeVoe, and R. G. Brewer, "Ultrahigh-finesse optical cavities," Opt. Lett. 11, 365-367 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-11-6-365

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