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Force-insensitive optical cavity

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Abstract

We describe a rigidly mounted optical cavity that is insensitive to inertial forces acting in any direction and to the compressive force used to constrain it. The design is based on a cubic geometry with four supports placed symmetrically about the optical axis in a tetrahedral configuration. To measure the inertial force sensitivity, a laser is locked to the cavity while it is inverted about three orthogonal axes. The maximum acceleration sensitivity is 2.5×1011/g (where g=9.81ms2), the lowest passive sensitivity to be reported for an optical cavity.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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