Optical Cavities for Optical Atomic Clocks, Atom Interferometry and Gravitational-Wave Detection

  • Miguel Dovale Álvarez

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Cavities for Optical Atomic Clocks

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      Pages 27-27
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  3. Cavities for Atom Interferometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
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  4. Cavities for Gravitational-wave Detection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-245

About this book


Devised at the beginning of the 20th century by french physicists Charles Fabry and Alfred Perot, the Fabry-Perot optical cavity is perhaps the most deceptively simple setup in optics, and today a key resource in many areas of science and technology. This thesis delves deeply into the applications of optical cavities in a variety of contexts: from LIGO’s 4-km-long interferometer arms that are allowing us to observe the universe in a new way by measuring gravitational waves, to the atomic clocks used to realise time with unprecedented accuracy which will soon lead to a redefinition of the second, and the matterwave interferometers that are enabling us to test and measure gravity in a new scale. The work presented accounts for the elegance and versatility of this setup, which today underpins much of the progress in the frontier of atomic and gravitational experimental physics.


Optical Cavity Gravitational Waves Atom Interferometry Matter wave interferometer Fabry Perot optical cavities Cold Atoms Gravity Experiment Laser Interferometry Precision measurement

Authors and affiliations

  • Miguel Dovale Álvarez
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für GravitationsphysikHannoverGermany

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