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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1833–1835

Role of spurious reflections in ring-down spectroscopy

R. W. Fox and L. Hollberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 20, pp. 1833-1835 (2002)

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Spurious coherent reflections from optical elements that re-enter an exit port of a two-mirror ring-down cavity can significantly change the effective reflectivity of the cavity mirrors, thus altering the cavity decay time. For a 25-cm-long Fabry–Perot cavity with a decay constant of 40 μs , we find that a specular reflection of only 10-4 of the transmitted ring-down power that is mode matched back toward the cavity could change the decay time by as much as ±0.4 μs , depending on the phase of the returning reflection. The perturbation of the decay time is proportional to the electric field, so a decrease in the spurious reflected power of 100 times will result in a perturbation that is only 10 times smaller. We demonstrate the effect with a cw system by purposely introducing a spurious reflection.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

R. W. Fox and L. Hollberg, "Role of spurious reflections in ring-down spectroscopy," Opt. Lett. 27, 1833-1835 (2002)

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