Optical bistability induced by mirror absorption: Measurement of absorption coefficients at the sub-ppm level

K. An, B. A. Sones, C. Fang-Yen, R. R. Dasari, M. S. Feld

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Abstract

We have observed optical bistability caused by absorption-induced thermal expansion of mirrors forming a Fabry-Perot interferometer. From the resulting anomalous transmission line shapes, absorption coefficients of the mirror coatings as low as 0.2 parts in 106 (ppm) have been successfully measured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1435
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume22
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Sep 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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