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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1980
  • pp: 3173–3177

Frequency stabilization of a 0.633-μm He–Ne longitudinal Zeeman laser

T. Baer, F. V. Kowalski, and J. L. Hall  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 3173-3177 (1980)

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A new method of stabilizing the output frequency of a He–Ne laser in a longitudinal magnetic field has been developed. With simple modifications to a standard He–Ne laser tube we obtain a frequency stability of <1 MHz (<10−9) for an averaging time of 1 sec and a long term (5 months) frequency reproducibility of ~±1 MHz.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 3, 1980
Published: September 15, 1980

T. Baer, F. V. Kowalski, and J. L. Hall, "Frequency stabilization of a 0.633-μm He–Ne longitudinal Zeeman laser," Appl. Opt. 19, 3173-3177 (1980)

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