A simple technique for accurate and complete characterisation of a Fabry-Perot cavity

Clayton Locke, Dustin Stuart, Eugene Ivanov, Andre Luiten

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    It has become a significant challenge to accurately characterise the properties of recently developed very high finesse optical resonators (F > 106). A similar challenge is encountered when trying to measure the properties of cavities in which either the probing laser or the cavity length is intrinsically unstable. We demonstrate in this article the means by which the finesse, mode-matching, free spectral range, mirror transmissions and dispersion may be measured easily and accurately even when the laser or cavity has a relatively poor intrinsic frequency stability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21935-21943
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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