Abstract

We have fabricated and characterized laser-ablated micromirrors on fused silica substrates for constructing stable Fabry–Perot optical cavities. We highlight several design features which allow these cavities to have lengths in the 250–300 μm range and be integrated directly with surface ion traps. We present a method to calculate the optical mode shape and losses of these micromirror cavities as functions of cavity length and mirror shape, and confirm that our simulation model is in good agreement with experimental measurements of the intracavity optical mode at a test wavelength of 780 nm. We have designed and tested a mechanical setup for dampening vibrations and stabilizing the cavity length, and explore applications for these cavities as efficient single-photon sources when combined with trapped Yb171+ ions.

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