Theory of radiation-pressure-driven interferometers

P. Meystre, E. M. Wright, J. D. McCullen, E. Vignes

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We review the theory of optical interferometers in which a light mirror is suspended to swing as a pendulum and can therefore respond to radiation-pressure forces. The basic principles are elaborated on by considering a two-mirror system, and optical bistability and mirror confinement are predicted. A three-mirror system is also described that is capable of producing a far higher level of mirror confinement. White- and ground-noise analyses are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1830-1839
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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