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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 5517–5521

Calibrating an interferometric laser frequency stabilization to megahertz precision

Johannes F. S. Brachmann, Thomas Kinder, and Kai Dieckmann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 22, pp. 5517-5521 (2012)

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We report on a calibration procedure that enhances the precision of an interferometer based frequency stabilization by several orders of magnitude. For this purpose, the frequency deviations of the stabilization are measured precisely by means of a frequency comb. This allows us to implement several calibration steps that compensate different systematic errors. The resulting frequency deviation is shown to be less than 5.7 MHz (rms 1.6 MHz) in the whole wavelength interval 750–795 nm. Wide tuning of a stabilized laser at this exceptional precision is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(000.2190) General : Experimental physics
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2012
Published: July 30, 2012

Johannes F. S. Brachmann, Thomas Kinder, and Kai Dieckmann, "Calibrating an interferometric laser frequency stabilization to megahertz precision," Appl. Opt. 51, 5517-5521 (2012)

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