Abstract

In interferometric gravitational-wave detectors, most of the optical components are suspended by wires so that they are isolated from all kinds of forces except gravity. The requirement for the alignment of optical components to the laser beam is crucial. We have demonstrated a servo system developed for a Fabry–Perot cavity whose mirrors are suspended independently. We use mechanical modulation and a lock-in detection method to detect any misalignment. This system directly detects the relation between the axis of the laser beam and the axis of the cavity and automatically aligns the cavity to the laser beam. We confirmed that the intensity of the reflected light from the suspended Fabry–Perot cavity can be minimized with this system. Automated control of the alignment of the large-scale detectors is also discussed.

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