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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2011
  • pp: 3572–3574

Force-insensitive optical cavity

Stephen Webster and Patrick Gill  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 18, pp. 3572-3574 (2011)

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We describe a rigidly mounted optical cavity that is insensitive to inertial forces acting in any direction and to the compressive force used to constrain it. The design is based on a cubic geometry with four supports placed symmetrically about the optical axis in a tetrahedral configuration. To measure the inertial force sensitivity, a laser is locked to the cavity while it is inverted about three orthogonal axes. The maximum acceleration sensitivity is 2.5 × 10 11 / g (where g = 9.81 m s 2 ), the lowest passive sensitivity to be reported for an optical cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 20, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2011
Published: September 9, 2011

Stephen Webster and Patrick Gill, "Force-insensitive optical cavity," Opt. Lett. 36, 3572-3574 (2011)

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