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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1989
  • pp: 3791–3792

Frequency stability of a tunable diode laser mounted in a compact Stirling cycle cooler

Santo S. Durso, R. D. May, M. A. Tuchscherer, and C. R. Webster  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 28, Issue 18, pp. 3791-3792 (1989)

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A tunable diode laser (TDL) has been operated with a compact lightweight closed-cycle Stirling cooler. The laser linewidth has been measured near 80 K and found to be about half of that when using more massive closed-cycle coolers. Novel applications include balloon-borne and aircraft-adapted instruments, where size, weight, and power requirements place stringent demands on necessary TDL cooling systems.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 12, 1988
Published: September 15, 1989

Santo S. Durso, R. D. May, M. A. Tuchscherer, and C. R. Webster, "Frequency stability of a tunable diode laser mounted in a compact Stirling cycle cooler," Appl. Opt. 28, 3791-3792 (1989)

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