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Optical Bistability In Air-Spaced Fabry-Perot Etalons Caused By Thermal Expansion
Author(s): W. Lukosz; P. Pirani; G. Appenzeller-Combe
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrated optical bistability in air-spaced Fabry-Perot etalons caused by thermal expansion of the mirror substrates and a concomitant reduction in mirror separation. The theory of this type of bistability is presented. Experimental results for metal mirror coat-ings of gold or aluminium on glass and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) at the He-Ne laser wavelength λ=632.8 nm are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0963, Optical Computing '88, (8 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.947881
Show Author Affiliations
W. Lukosz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
P. Pirani, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
G. Appenzeller-Combe, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0963:
Optical Computing '88
Pierre H. Chavel; Joseph W. Goodman; Gerard Roblin, Editor(s)

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