We present a simple modulation-free technique to stabilize a laser frequency to the Doppler-free spectra of an atomic vapor. Polarization spectroscopy with use of a balanced polarimeter allows us to obtain a background-free dispersion signal suitable for high-speed and robust frequency stabilization. We employed the method to the 5S1/2F = 2 → 5P3/2F′ = 3 transition of 87Rb atoms. The achieved feedback bandwidth was approximately 100 kHz, and an efficient suppression of the frequency noise in a laboratory environment was attained.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 9, 2003
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2003
Published: November 20, 2003
Yutaka Yoshikawa, Takeshi Umeki, Takuro Mukae, Yoshio Torii, and Takahiro Kuga, "Frequency stabilization of a laser diode with use of light-induced birefringence in an atomic vapor," Appl. Opt. 42, 6645-6649 (2003)