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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2003
  • pp: 4867–4870

Nd:YLF laser at 1.3 µm for calcium atom optical clocks and precision spectroscopy of hydrogenic systems

Yann Louyer, Mark D. Plimmer, Patrick Juncar, Marc E. Himbert, François Balembois, and Patrick Georges  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 24, pp. 4867-4870 (2003)

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We describe single-frequency operation of a diode-pumped Nd:YLF laser in the range 1311.9–1317.2 nm. It can be used for the interrogation of the clock transition in calcium (1314.0 nm) or spectroscopy in hydrogen and metastable singly ionized helium (1312.6 nm). By using a twisted-mode cavity, we have obtained output powers of 830 and 970 mW at 1312.6 and 1314.0 nm, respectively, in a single longitudinal mode.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

Original Manuscript: December 13, 2002
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2003
Published: August 20, 2003

Yann Louyer, Mark D. Plimmer, Patrick Juncar, Marc E. Himbert, François Balembois, and Patrick Georges, "Nd:YLF laser at 1.3 µm for calcium atom optical clocks and precision spectroscopy of hydrogenic systems," Appl. Opt. 42, 4867-4870 (2003)

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