Measuring the Reflectivity of Semiconductor Mirrors Using Light Intensity Ring-Down in a Half-Symmetric Resonator

Daniel Utley

This Independent Study is the first step into semiconductor mirror research at The College of Wooster. As a result of the initial research on this project, the foundation for future work has been established. Through the assembly of an optical resonator cavity, we have gained a greater understanding of the characteristics of our laser and the sensitivity of a new optical system. A light signal from the optical cavity was detected and the cavity was likely very close to resonance conditions. At the present time, achieving successful resonance is dependent on obtaining several new components which will allow for more accurate cavity alignment.