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Laser written mirror profiles for open-access fiber Fabry-P\'erot microcavities

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posted on 2023-01-10, 03:22 authored by Jannis Hessenauer, Ksenia Weber, Julia Benedikter, Timo Gissibl, Johannes Höfer, Harald Giessen, David Hunger
We demonstrate laser-written concave hemispherical structures produced on the endfacets of optical fibers that serve as mirror substrates for tunable open-access microcavities. We achieve finesse values of up to 250, and a mostly constant performance across the entire stability range. This enables cavity operation also close to the stability limit, where a peak quality factor of $1.5\times 10^4$ is reached. Together with a small mode waist of $2.3\; \mathrm{\mu m}$, the cavity achieves a Purcell factor of $C \sim 2.5$, which is useful for experiments that require good lateral optical access or otherwise large separation of the mirrors. Laser-written mirror profiles can be produced with a tremendous flexibility in shape and on various surfaces, opening new possibilities for microcavities.



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