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Uses of Optical Cavities

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  1. Apr 28, 2015 #1
    Are there any real world uses for optical cavities.
    Optical (or laser Cavities) description: where lasers continually bounce off two reflecting mirrors.
     
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  3. Apr 28, 2015 #2

    sophiecentaur

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    Google is your best friend for answering such open ended questions.
     
  4. Apr 28, 2015 #3
    Anywhere I should start
     
  5. Apr 29, 2015 #4

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    Did you try ""Optical cavity" ? I got a load of hits.
     
  6. Apr 30, 2015 #5
    This is wrong , I reckon.You probably mean light . True, optical cavities are used in lasers to get stimulated emission but you don't actually have lasers bouncing off two mirrors.
     
  7. Apr 30, 2015 #6
    My professor had the subject labeled as laser cavities, but it does make more sense to with light rays.
     
  8. Apr 30, 2015 #7

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    It is not clear what you are actually asking about (the context) Lasers incorporate a cavity,(two mirrors) between which the light beam is reflected many times and this causes the laser action.You can also pass a laser beam into an optical cavity in which other effects can be observed. Which were you asking about?
     
  9. May 1, 2015 #8

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    It's actually not that uncommon to have a laser coupled into an external cavity. High power lasers almost always employ amplification stage in which the laser is input to a cavity containing a gain medium.
     
  10. May 1, 2015 #9
    Thanks for the info!!
     
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