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Experimental demonstration of in-loop intracavity intensity-noise suppression

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5 Author(s)
Sheard, B.S. ; Dept. of Phys., Australian Nat. Univ., Canberra, ACT, Australia ; Gray, M.B. ; Slagmolen, B.J.J. ; Chow, J.H.
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Experimental results for intracavity-laser intensity-noise suppression, or "squashing," manifested as reduced fluctuations on the transmitted field photodetector voltage are presented. It is experimentally demonstrated that a rigid optical cavity within the feedback loop is compatible with squashing. The observed closed loop detector noise floor is approximately 16 nVrms/√Hz in the acoustic frequency range (∼100 Hz), well below the quantum limit due to shot noise of 148 nVrms/√Hz. This corresponds to 19 dB of observed noise suppression below the quantum limit and is consistent with the measured disturbance suppression function of the feedback loop. We also present measurements demonstrating the orthogonality of the squashing and frequency-locking control loops.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

March 2005

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