GLACIER
Cavity-Ringdown (CRD) Loss Meter and Reflectometer

Cavity-Ringdown (CRD) Loss Meter and Reflectometer

Our reflectometer GLACIER uses the extreme sensitivity of cavity ring-down spectroscopy to quantify the losses of advanced optical coatings down to 5 ppm. As a typical application the device can characterize supra-mirrors with up to 99.9995 % reflectivity. Conventional absorption and reflection measurements are not sufficiently sensitive to quantify today´s super-reflective mirror coatings and are typically limited to the > 1000 ppm range (corresponding to < 99.9 % reflectivity). Cavity ring-down spectroscopy measures optical losses by the decay of the energy stored inside a cavity. The technique reaches unrivalled sensitivity, because losses are experienced with each round trip inside the cavity over and over again. Smaller losses lead to longer intra-cavity dwell time thereby automatically increasing measurement precision. The device features high-speed data acquisition and allows to record measurements within seconds. It is delivered complete with a computer and a user-friendly software interface for acquisition and real-time analysis.

Key Product Features

  • Reflectivity measurements up to 99.9995%
  • Continuous angles of incidence (0°-45°)
  • S and p polarization (separately)
  • Antireflective coating characterization down to 0.0005% (5 ppm)
  • Simple and reproducible alignment
  • Spring-loaded mirror fixtures for reproducible mounting without strain
  • Computer and user-friendly software interface included
  • High-speed data acquisition and real-time analysis
  • Wavelengths in the range 375-1550 nm available
  • Footprint 85 x 45 cm²
Cavity-Ringdown (CRD) Loss Meter and Reflectometer

The figure above shows a typical GLACIER measurement of an ultrahigh-reflective mirror for 1030 nm. The losses of the test mirror were obtained by subtracting the results of a reference measurement with an empty cavity. Therefore, an absolute measurement of the test mirror is realized.