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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1997
  • pp: 1433–1435

Optical bistability induced by mirror absorption: measurement of absorption coefficients at the sub-ppm level

K. An, B. A. Sones, C. Fang-Yen, R. R. Dasari, and M. S. Feld  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 18, pp. 1433-1435 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.22.001433


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Abstract

We have observed optical bistability caused by absorption-induced thermal expansion of mirrors forming a Fabry–Perot interferometer. From the resulting anomalous transmission line shapes, absorption coefficients of the mirror coatings as low as 0.2parts in 106 (ppm) have been successfully measured.

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K. An, B. A. Sones, C. Fang-Yen, R. R. Dasari, and M. S. Feld, "Optical bistability induced by mirror absorption: measurement of absorption coefficients at the sub-ppm level," Opt. Lett. 22, 1433-1435 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-22-18-1433


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