Diffractive beam splitter characterization via a power-recycled interferometer

D. Friedrich, O. Burmeister, A. Bunkowski, T. Clausnitzer, S. Fahr, E.-B. Kley, A. Tunnermann, K. Danzmann, R. Schnabel

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We used the high-precision laser interferometer technique of power recycling to characterize the optical loss of an all-reflective grating beam splitter. This beam splitter was used to set up a Michelson interferometer with a power-recycling resonator with a finesse of 883. Analyzing the results obtained, we determined the beam splitter's total optical loss to be (0.193± 0.019)%. Low loss all-reflective beam splitters might find application in future high-power laser interferometers for the detection of gravitational waves. © 2008 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-103
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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