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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1305–1312

Characterization of a continuous-wave Raman laser in H2

J. K. Brasseur, P. A. Roos, K. S. Repasky, and J. L. Carlsten  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 1305-1312 (1999)

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We present a time-dependent theory that describes the continuous-wave (cw) Raman laser in H2. The time-dependent theory is compared with existing theories, and threshold measurements are taken. The relative intensity noise of the pump and the Stokes beams is measured and found to be in agreement with the predictions of the presented theory. The Raman laser decreases the relative intensity noise of the pump beam by 34 dB/Hz at a frequency of 30 kHz. In addition, the spectral heterodyne beat-note linewidth of the continuous-wave Raman laser is measured to be 8 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman

J. K. Brasseur, P. A. Roos, K. S. Repasky, and J. L. Carlsten, "Characterization of a continuous-wave Raman laser in H2," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1305-1312 (1999)

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  19. The values for the pump and the Stokes mirror reflectivies were measured by a cavity ring-down. The values are Rp(S)=0.99979±0.00001 (0.99977±0.00001). The transmissions were Tp=(153±8) ppm, and TS=(150± 20) ppm.
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  23. Vibrations on the optical table are of the order of 30 μgrms, which occur at a frequency of 90 Hz.

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