This Letter reports the experimental realization of a novel, to the best of our knowledge, active power stabilization scheme in which laser power fluctuations are sensed via the radiation pressure driven motion they induce on a movable mirror. The mirror position and its fluctuations were determined by means of a weak auxiliary laser beam and a Michelson interferometer, which formed the in-loop sensor of the power stabilization feedback control system. This sensing technique exploits a nondemolition measurement, which can result in higher sensitivity for power fluctuations than direct, and hence destructive, detection. Here we used this new scheme in a proof-of-concept experiment to demonstrate power stabilization in the frequency range from 1 Hz to 10 kHz, limited at low frequencies by the thermal noise of the movable mirror at room temperature.
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Nery, M., Venneberg, J., Aggarwal, N., Cole, G., Corbitt, T., Cripe, J., Lanza, R., & Willke, B. (2021). Laser power stabilization via radiation pressure. Optics Letters, 46 (8), 1946-1949. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.422614