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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1652–1659

Doppler-free spectroscopy of molecular iodine using a frequency-stable light source at 578 nm

Feng-Lei Hong, Hajime Inaba, Kazumoto Hosaka, Masami Yasuda, and Atsushi Onae  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1652-1659 (2009)

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A stable light source obtained using sum-frequency generation (SFG) is developed for high-resolution spectroscopy at 578 nm. Hyperfine transitions of molecular iodine are observed by using the SFG light source with saturation spectroscopy. The light source is frequency stabilized to the observed hyperfine transition and achieves a stability of 2×10-12 for a 1-s averaging time. The absolute frequency of the light source stabilized on the a1 component of the R(37)16–1 transition is determined as 518304551833 (2) kHz. This transition serves as a frequency reference for the 1S03P0 optical clock transition in neutral ytterbium (Yb).

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(300.6460) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, saturation
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

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Original Manuscript: November 26, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2009
Published: January 27, 2009

Feng-Lei Hong, Hajime Inaba, Kazumoto Hosaka, Masami Yasuda, and Atsushi Onae, "Doppler-free spectroscopy of molecular iodine using a frequency-stable light source at 578 nm," Opt. Express 17, 1652-1659 (2009)

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