Birefringence measurements of sapphire test masses for laser interferometer gravitational wave detector

F. Benabid, M. Notcutt, Li Ju, David Blair

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Abstract

We report measurements of the birefringence of a high-purity polished sapphire sample to determine the fringe contrast attainable in a laser interferometer gravitational detector. The results show that birefringence-induced losses in the interferometer would be comparable whether sapphire or silica is used. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-342
JournalPhysics Letters A
Volume237
Issue numberN/A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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