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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2008
  • pp: 101–103

Diffractive beam splitter characterization via a power-recycled interferometer

Daniel Friedrich, Oliver Burmeister, Alexander Bunkowski, Tina Clausnitzer, Stephan Fahr, Ernst-Bernhard Kley, Andreas Tünnermann, Karsten Danzmann, and Roman Schnabel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 101-103 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000101


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Abstract

We used the high-precision laser interferometer technique of power recycling to characterize the optical loss of an all-reflective grating beam splitter. This beam splitter was used to set up a Michelson interferometer with a power-recycling resonator with a finesse of 883. Analyzing the results obtained, we determined the beam splitter’s total optical loss to be ( 0.193 ± 0.019 ) % . Low loss all-reflective beam splitters might find application in future high-power laser interferometers for the detection of gravitational waves.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: September 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2007
Published: January 4, 2008

Citation
Daniel Friedrich, Oliver Burmeister, Alexander Bunkowski, Tina Clausnitzer, Stephan Fahr, Ernst-Bernhard Kley, Andreas Tünnermann, Karsten Danzmann, and Roman Schnabel, "Diffractive beam splitter characterization via a power-recycled interferometer," Opt. Lett. 33, 101-103 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-2-101

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