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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2011
  • pp: 64–66

Off-resonance laser frequency stabilization using the Faraday effect

Anna L. Marchant, Sylvi Händel, Timothy P. Wiles, Stephen A. Hopkins, Charles S. Adams, and Simon L. Cornish  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 64-66 (2011)

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We present a simple technique for stabilization of a laser frequency off resonance using the Faraday effect in a heated vapor cell with an applied magnetic field. In particular, we demonstrate stabilization of a 780 nm laser detuned up to 14 GHz from the Rb 85 D 2 5 2 S 1 / 2 F = 2 to 5 2 P 3 / 2 F = 3 transition. Control of the temperature of the vapor cell and the magnitude of the applied magnetic field allows locking 6 14 GHz red and blue detuned from the atomic line. We obtain an rms fluctuation of 7 MHz over 1 h without stabilization of the cell temperature or magnetic field.

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OCIS Codes
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2010
Published: December 23, 2010

Anna L. Marchant, Sylvi Händel, Timothy P. Wiles, Stephen A. Hopkins, Charles S. Adams, and Simon L. Cornish, "Off-resonance laser frequency stabilization using the Faraday effect," Opt. Lett. 36, 64-66 (2011)

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