Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 11-2-2006

Publication Title

Physical Review A

ISSN

1050-2947

Volume

74

Issue

5

First Page

05380-1

Last Page

053801-13

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.74.053801

Abstract

We perform a detailed numerical analysis of Fabry-Perot cavities used for state-of-the-art laser stabilization. Elastic deformation of Fabry-Perot cavities with various shapes and mounting methods is quantitatively analyzed using finite-element analysis. We show that with a suitable choice of mounting schemes it is feasible to minimize the susceptibility of the resonator length to vibrational perturbations. This investigation offers detailed information on stable optical cavities that may benefit the development of ultrastable optical local oscillators in optical atomic clocks and precision measurements probing the fundamental laws of physics.

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