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Novel optical resonators

Nelson, John (2012) Novel optical resonators. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Optical resonators – two mirrors facing each other, separated by a distance – are a very well studied technology. However, even such a well understood technology can sometimes present surprises. The first part of this thesis investigates the surprising properties of some canonical optical resonators. The basic properties of resonators are introduced. The imaging properties of stable and unstable resonators are examined. The second part of this thesis examines the potential use of grating- coupled cavities in gravitational wave detectors and describes an exper- iment carried out on a 10 m prototype of such a cavity.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: optical resonators, gravitational wave detectors
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Supervisor's Name: Johannes, Dr. Courtial
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: Mr John Nelson
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3130
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:04
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/3130

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