Cavity stabilization using the weak intrinsic birefringence of dielectric mirrors

Author(s): P. Asenbaum, M. Arndt

Journal: Optics Letters

Volume: 36

Page(s): 3720-3722

Year: 2011

DOI Number: 10.1364/OL.36.003720

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We demonstrate a universal cavity stabilization scheme that exploits the intrinsic birefringence of dielectric multilayer mirrors. Homodyne locking using weak mirror birefringence of even an empty Fabry–Perot-type cavity requires neither frequency modulation nor mixing and allows us to generate an error signal that is comparable to more widely used heterodyne stabilization schemes.

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