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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1394–1398

Injection-locked diode laser current modulation for Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization using transfer cavities

C. E. Liekhus-Schmaltz, R. Mantifel, M. Torabifard, I. B. Burgess, and J. D. D. Martin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 6, pp. 1394-1398 (2012)

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A phase-modulated RF current source is applied to an injection-locked diode laser operating at 780 nm. This produces tunable phase-modulated sidebands of the laser suitable for stabilizing the length of an optical transfer cavity using the Pound-Drever-Hall technique. The Pound-Drever-Hall signal is antisymmetric about the lock point, despite the presence of significant diode laser amplitude modulation. The stabilized optical transfer cavity is used to frequency stabilize a 776 nm external cavity diode laser. The stability and tunability of this transfer cavity locked laser is established by observation of the hyperfine components of the Rb 87 5 P 3 / 2 5 D 5 / 2 transition in a vapor cell.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 6, 2012
Published: May 23, 2012

C. E. Liekhus-Schmaltz, R. Mantifel, M. Torabifard, I. B. Burgess, and J. D. D. Martin, "Injection-locked diode laser current modulation for Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization using transfer cavities," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1394-1398 (2012)

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