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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2157–2160

Biasing the beat regime of a solid-state ring laser: from a magnetometer to a multioscillator rotation sensor

Sylvain Schwartz, Gilles Feugnet, and Jean-Paul Pocholle  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 2157-2160 (2013)

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In this paper, we discuss the possible applications of a solid-state ring laser comprising a feedback loop for stabilizing the bidirectional regime and a magneto-optic element for frequency-shifting the counterpropagating modes. In a first simple two-mode configuration, this device is shown to be sensitive to small changes in the rotation rate and external magnetic field. In a second more sophisticated version, the magnetic sensitivity can be significantly reduced thanks to multioscillator operation. The results of our proof-of-principle four-mode experiment are discussed, and some improvements are suggested toward a high-performance solid-state ring laser gyroscope without lock-in.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5790) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Sagnac effect
(140.3370) Lasers and laser optics : Laser gyroscopes
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2013
Published: July 17, 2013

Sylvain Schwartz, Gilles Feugnet, and Jean-Paul Pocholle, "Biasing the beat regime of a solid-state ring laser: from a magnetometer to a multioscillator rotation sensor," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2157-2160 (2013)

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