Novel optical resonators.
PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.
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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.
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