Realignment-free cryogenic macroscopic optical cavity coupled to an optical fiber
preprintposted on 2023-01-19, 17:02 authored by Vitaly Fedoseev, Matteo Fisicaro, Harmen van der Meer, Wolfgang Löffler, Dirk Bouwmeester
We present a cryogenic setup where an optical Fabry-Perot resonator is coupled to a single-mode optical fiber with coupling efficiency above 90% at mK temperatures without realignment during cooling down. The setup is prealigned at room temperature to compensate for the thermal contraction and change of the refractive index of the optical components during cooling down. The high coupling efficiency is achieved by keeping the setup rotation-symmetric around the optical axis. The majority of the setup components are made of Invar (FeNi36) which minimizes the thermal contraction. High coupling efficiency is essential in quantum optomechanical experiments.