Diffraction-limited high-finesse optical cavities

TitleDiffraction-limited high-finesse optical cavities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKleckner D, Irvine WTM, Oemrawsingh SSR, Bouwmeester D
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume81
Issue4
Pagination043814
Date Published04/2010
ISSN1050-2947
KeywordsBouwmeester, CNSI, CSC, HP, NSF
Abstract

High-quality optical cavities with wavelength-sized end mirrors are important to the growing field of micro-optomechanical systems. We present a versatile method for calculating the modes of diffraction limited optical cavities and show that it can be used to determine the effect of a wide variety of cavity geometries and imperfections. Additionally, we show these calculations agree remarkably well with FDTD simulations for wavelength-sized optical modes, even though our method is based on the paraxial approximation.

URLhttp://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevA.81.043814
DOI10.1103/PhysRevA.81.043814
Grant: 
HP, CSC