High-Vacuum-Compatible High-Power Faraday Isolators for Gravitational-Wave Interferometers
Faraday isolators play a key role in the operation of large-scale gravitational-wave detectors. Second-generation gravitational-wave interferometers such as the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and Advanced Virgo will use high-average-power cw lasers (up to 200 W) requiring specially designed Faraday isolators that are immune to the effects resulting from the laser beam absorption-degraded isolation ratio, thermal lensing, and thermally induced beam steering. In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of Faraday isolators designed specifically for high-performance operation in high-power gravitational-wave interferometers.
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Palashov, Oleg V.; Zheleznov, Dmitry S.; Voitovich, Alexander V.; Zelenogorsky, Victor V.; Kamenetsky, Eugene E.; Khazanov, Efim A.; Martin, Rodica; Dooley, Katherine L.; Williams, Luke; Lucianetti, Antonio; Quetschke, Volker; Mueller, Guido; Reitze, David H.; Tanner, David B.; Genin, Eric; Canuel, Benjamin; and Marque, Julien, "High-Vacuum-Compatible High-Power Faraday Isolators for Gravitational-Wave Interferometers" (2012). Department of Physics and Astronomy Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 78.