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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2010
  • pp: 871–874

Diode laser frequency locking using Zeeman effect and feedback in temperature

Weliton Soares Martins, Mayara Grilo, Manoel Brasileiro, Orlando di Lorenzo, Marcos Oriá, and Martine Chevrollier  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 5, pp. 871-874 (2010)

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We demonstrate the stabilization of a laser diode frequency, using the circular dichroism of an alkali vapor and feeding back the correction signal to the temperature actuator of the junction. The conditions of operation and the performance of such a system are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7490) Atomic and molecular physics : Zeeman effect
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2010
Published: February 4, 2010

Weliton Soares Martins, Mayara Grilo, Manoel Brasileiro, Orlando di Lorenzo, Marcos Oriá, and Martine Chevrollier, "Diode laser frequency locking using Zeeman effect and feedback in temperature," Appl. Opt. 49, 871-874 (2010)

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  16. The magnetic field is produced by permanent magnets removed from loudspeakers. The inhomogeneities at the extremities of the cell do not affect the performance of the system.
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  19. The system recovers to stabilization after we strongly hit our homemade optical table with a rubber hammer: see .

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