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Optical contamination screening of materials with a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity resonated continuously at 1.06-µm wavelength in vacuum

Li, Daqun and Coyne, Dennis and Camp, Jordan (1999) Optical contamination screening of materials with a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity resonated continuously at 1.06-µm wavelength in vacuum. Applied Optics, 38 (25). pp. 5378-5383. ISSN 0003-6935. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:LIDao99

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Abstract

An optical-loss measurement system based on a resonant Fabry Perot cavity at 1.06µm in vacuum has been developed for independent monitoring of the cavity total loss and the optical absorption loss. Maintenance of cavity resonance over a one-month period allows the assessment of long-term degradation of the cavity optics in the presence of outgassing materials, with sensitivities of 5 ppm yr for total cavity loss and 2 ppm yr for cavity absorption loss. Test results for light-emitting diodes, Kapton-insulated cable assemblies, and Vac-seal epoxy adhesive are given. Scaling of these results to the optical performance requirements of LIGO is discussed.


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Additional Information:© 1999 Optical Society of America. Received 29 March 1999. We thank our colleagues in the LIGO project, especially Stan Whitcomb and Albert Lazzarini, for their useful suggestions in conducting this research. We also thank David Shoemaker and Mike Zucker for their assistance in preparing this manuscript. The National Science Foundation is acknowledged for their financial support of this research (PHY-9210038).
Subject Keywords:Gravity; diffraction gratings : Fabry-Perot; lasers and laser optics : lasers and laser optics; scattering : multiple scattering; spectroscopy : absorption
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Deposited On:18 Aug 2006
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