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Construction and characterization of a titanium:sapphire CW laser system with kHz linewidth
Author(s): S. Hädrich; P. Jauernik; L. McCrumb
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Paper Abstract

Tunable, frequency stabilized lasers are essential for numerous precision measurements and experiments such as laser cooling. We report the construction of a titanium:sapphire laser system (called Matisse) that is designed to have a frequency bandwidth stability of 10-8 in 1 sec averaging. This level of accuracy is achieved by the use of unique mechanical features, careful choice of optical components and state-of-the-art active control. The system is comprised of a ring cavity, an intracavity electro-optic modulator, a digital signal-processor-based control unit and a reference cavity. Optionally, the output can be frequency doubled to extend the accessible wavelength range. We present data of the output energy achieved, tuning curves, beam parameters doubling efficiency, amplitude noise and spectral noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6100, Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices, 61000V (28 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660947
Show Author Affiliations
S. Hädrich, Sirah Laser- und Plasmatechnik GmbH (Germany)
P. Jauernik, Sirah Laser- und Plasmatechnik GmbH (Germany)
L. McCrumb, Spectra-Physics, Newport Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6100:
Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices
Hanna J. Hoffman; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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