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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2001
  • pp: 1946–1948

Tunable resonance fluorescence monochromator with sub-Doppler spectral resolution

Nathan C. Pixley, Tiffany L. Correll, Dimitri Pappas, Oleg I. Matveev, Benjamin W. Smith, and James D. Winefordner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 24, pp. 1946-1948 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.001946


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Abstract

A cesium-based resonance fluorescence monochromator with a spectral resolution of 200 MHz and a tunable response over the D2 absorption line of cesium (380 MHz) is described. The narrow spectral response is achieved through excitation of a monokinetic population of the 62P3/2° state by arrangement of the excitation lasers in either a copropagating or a counterpropagating orientation. The narrow spectral response of the detector allows for excitation of specific hyperfine components involved in the 62P3/2° (F=3–5) to 62D5/2 (F=2–6) transition (917.23 nm). The selectivity gained through resolving specific hyperfine transitions allows for a photon detector that is both spectrally tunable and narrow. We report the sub-Doppler linewidths achieved through various laser beam orientations. We also describe how these beam geometries can be applied to spectrally narrow and tunable image detection.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.2930) Atomic and molecular physics : Hyperfine structure
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(040.1490) Detectors : Cameras
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems

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Nathan C. Pixley, Tiffany L. Correll, Dimitri Pappas, Oleg I. Matveev, Benjamin W. Smith, and James D. Winefordner, "Tunable resonance fluorescence monochromator with sub-Doppler spectral resolution," Opt. Lett. 26, 1946-1948 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-24-1946

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