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Optical Coatings and Thermal Noise in Precision Measurement


  • 131 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.82 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 621.36
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: TS517.2 .O64 2012
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Optical coatings
    • Quantum optics
    • Light--Scattering
    • Electromagnetic waves--Scattering
    • SCIENCE / Optics.--bisacsh

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107003385)

Thermal noise from optical coatings is a growing area of concern and overcoming limits to the sensitivity of high precision measurements by thermal noise is one of the greatest challenges faced by experimental physicists. In this timely book, internationally renowned scientists and engineers examine our current theoretical and experimental understanding. Beginning with the theory of thermal noise in mirrors and substrates, subsequent chapters discuss the technology of depositing coatings and state-of-the-art dielectric coating techniques used in precision measurement. Applications and remedies for noise reduction are also covered. Individual chapters are dedicated to specific fields where coating thermal noise is a particular concern, including the areas of quantum optics/optomechanics, gravitational wave detection, precision timing, high-precision laser stabilisation via optical cavities and cavity quantum electrodynamics. While providing full mathematical detail, the text avoids field-specific jargon, making it a valuable resource for readers with varied backgrounds in modern optics.

• A comprehensive treatment of the subject covering coating technology, noise descriptions and applications • With four chapters dedicated to specific fields where coating thermal noise is a concern, the text enables readers to put in practical context noise-related problems • Free from field-specific jargon


1. Theory of thermal noise in optical mirrors Y. Levin; 2. Coating technology S. Chao; 3. Compendium of thermal noises in optical mirrors V. B. Braginsky, M. L. Gorodetsky and S. P. Vyatchanin; 4. Coating thermal noise I. Martin and S. Reid; 5. Direct measurements of coating thermal noise K. Numata; 6. Methods of improving thermal noise S. Ballmer and K. Somiya; 7. Substrate thermal noise S. Rowan and I. Martin; 8. Cryogenics K. Numata and K. Yamamoto; 9. Thermo-optic noise M. Evans and G. Ogin; 10. Absorption and thermal issues P. Willems, D. Ottaway and P. Beyersdorf; 11. Optical scatter J. R. Smith and M. E. Zucker; 12. Reflectivity and thickness optimisation I. M. Pinto, M. Principe and R. DeSalvo; 13. Beam shaping A. Freise; 14. Gravitational wave detection D. Ottaway and S. D. Penn; 15. High-precision laser stabilisation via optical cavities M. J. Martin and J. Ye; 16. Quantum optomechanics G. D. Cole and M. Aspelmeyer; 17. Cavity quantum electrodynamics T. E. Northup.


Y. Levin, S. Chao, V. B. Braginsky, M. L. Gorodetsky, S. P. Vyatchanin, I. Martin, S. Reid, K. Numata, S. Ballmer, K. Somiya, S. Rowan, K. Yamamoto, M. Evans, G. Ogin, P. Willems, D. Ottaway, P. Beyersdorf, J. R. Smith, M. E. Zucker, I. M. Pinto, M. Principe, R. DeSalvo, A. Freise, S. D. Penn, M. J. Martin, J. Ye, G. D. Cole, M. Aspelmeyer, T. E. Northup

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