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)