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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2014
  • pp: 4468–4474

Ultrastable, Zerodur-based optical benches for quantum gas experiments

Hannes Duncker, Ortwin Hellmig, André Wenzlawski, Alexander Grote, Amir Jones Rafipoor, Mona Rafipoor, Klaus Sengstock, and Patrick Windpassinger  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 20, pp. 4468-4474 (2014)

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Operating ultracold quantum gas experiments outside of a laboratory environment has so far been a challenging goal, largely due to the lack of sufficiently stable optical systems. In order to increase the thermal stability of free-space laser systems, the application of nonstandard materials such as glass ceramics is required. Here, we report on Zerodur-based optical systems which include single-mode fiber couplers consisting of multiple components jointed by light-curing adhesives. The thermal stability is thoroughly investigated, revealing excellent fiber-coupling efficiencies between 0.85 and 0.92 in the temperature range from 17°C to 36°C. In conjunction with successfully performed vibration tests, these findings qualify our highly compact systems for atom interferometry experiments aboard a sounding rocket as well as various other quantum information and sensing applications.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation
(120.4880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optomechanics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 5, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2014
Published: July 4, 2014

Hannes Duncker, Ortwin Hellmig, André Wenzlawski, Alexander Grote, Amir Jones Rafipoor, Mona Rafipoor, Klaus Sengstock, and Patrick Windpassinger, "Ultrastable, Zerodur-based optical benches for quantum gas experiments," Appl. Opt. 53, 4468-4474 (2014)

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