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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2006
  • pp: 736–738

Diode laser with 1 Hz linewidth

H. Stoehr, F. Mensing, J. Helmcke, and U. Sterr  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 736-738 (2006)

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We report an ultranarrow-linewidth laser spectrometer at 657 nm , consisting of a diode laser locked in a single stage to a stable high-finesse reference cavity. The system is characterized by comparison with a second independent system. From beat frequency measurements a linewidth below 1.5 Hz (FWHM) and a fractional instability of less than 2 × 10 15 for 1 s of averaging time are observed.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2005

H. Stoehr, F. Mensing, J. Helmcke, and U. Sterr, "Diode laser with 1 Hz linewidth," Opt. Lett. 31, 736-738 (2006)

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