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



Optical Cavities for Optical Atomic Clocks, Atom Interferometry and Gravitational-Wave Detection by Miguel Dovale Álvarez

English | PDF,EPUB | 2019 | 258 Pages | ISBN : 3030208621 | 57.33 MB

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.

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