Wavefront Distortions in Metrology Experiments

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Lasers used for high-precision experiments are typically limited to using the lowest spatial order of light, the fundamental mode, because of difficulties generating and analysing higher order spatial modes. Examples of such experiments include tests of fundamental physics like Gravitational Wave Detectors and Quantum Technology such as Atom Interferometers and Optical Clocks. In many cases, switching to an equivalently stable higher spatial laser mode can offer sensitivity and versatility improvements. This project aims to build a high purity laser mode generator and a high-quality laser mode analyser. The specific motivation is Gravitational Wave Detection but such a device would be useful in telecoms and quantum technology.

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Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509590/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
2161515 Studentship EP/N509590/1 01/10/2016 31/03/2020 Aaron Jones