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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 10 — May. 14, 2007
  • pp: 6293–6299

Microfabricated saturated absorption laser spectrometer

Svenja A. Knappe, Hugh G. Robinson, and Leo Hollberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 10, pp. 6293-6299 (2007)

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We demonstrate a miniature microfabricated saturated absorption laser spectrometer. The system consists of miniature optics, a microfabricated Rb vapor cell, heaters, and a photodetector, all contained within a volume of 0.1 cm3. Saturated absorption spectra were measured with a diode laser at 795 nm. They are comparable to signals obtained with standard table-top setups, although the rubidium vapor cell has an interior volume of only 1 mm3. We discuss the performance and prospects for using such systems as a miniature optical wavelength reference, compatible with transportable instruments.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(300.6460) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, saturation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 4, 2007
Published: May 7, 2007

Svenja A. Knappe, Hugh G. Robinson, and Leo Hollberg, "Microfabricated saturated absorption laser spectrometer," Opt. Express 15, 6293-6299 (2007)

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