Applied Physics B

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 203–210 | Cite as

Simple vibration-insensitive cavity for laser stabilization at the 10−16 level

  • J. Keller
  • S. Ignatovich
  • S. A. Webster
  • T. E. Mehlstäubler


We present the design and realization of two reference cavities for ultra-stable lasers addressing narrow transitions in mixed-species (115In+ / 172Yb+) Coulomb crystals. With a simple set-up, we achieve a fractional frequency instability close to the thermal noise limit of a 12-cm-long cavity, reaching σ y  = 4.7 × 10−16 at 10 s with a linear drift of 53 mHz/s. We discuss the individual instability contributions and show that in a set-up with a lower thermal noise floor and vibration sensitivity, an instability of 1 × 10−16 can be reached. To achieve this, we implement a vibration-insensitive design for a 30-cm-long cavity mounted horizontally and conduct first tests that show a sensitivity of 1.8 × 10−11 ms−2 to vertical accelerations. This is about a factor of 20 less than the value observed for the short cavity. Mechanical tolerances and ways to further reduce the sensitivity are discussed.


Frequency Instability Vertical Acceleration Linear Drift Finite Element Method Calculation Coulomb Crystal 
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The authors would like to thank C. Grebing for conducting the frequency comb-based measurements, M. Okhapkin and C. Tamm for fruitful discussions, P.O. Schmidt for comments on the manuscript, and T. Legero for stimulating discussions and optically contacting the high-reflectivity mirrors. This work was supported by DFG through QUEST and DFG/RFBR (Grant No. 10-02-91335).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Keller
    • 1
  • S. Ignatovich
    • 2
  • S. A. Webster
    • 3
  • T. E. Mehlstäubler
    • 1
  1. 1.Physikalisch-Technische BundesanstaltBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Laser PhysicsNovosibirskRussia
  3. 3.M Squared Lasers LtdGlasgowScotland, UK

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