Polarization induced instabilities in external four-mirror Fabry-Perot cavities

F. Zomer 1, Y. Fedala 1, N. Pavloff 2, V. Soskov 1, A. Variola 1

Applied Optics 48 (2009) 6651-6661

Various four-mirror optical resonators are studied in the perspective of realizing passive stacking cavities. A comparative study of the mechanical stability is provided. The polarization properties of the cavity eigenmodes are described and it is shown that the effect of mirror misalignments (or motions) induces polarization and stacking power instabilities. These instabilities increase with the finesse of the Fabry-Perot cavity. A tetrahedral configuration of the four mirrors is found to minimize the consequences of the mirrors's motion and misalignment by reducing the instability parameter by at least two orders of magnitude

  • 1. Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire (LAL),
    CNRS : UMR8607 – IN2P3 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI - Paris Sud