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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2007
  • pp: 641–643

Compact, thermal-noise-limited optical cavity for diode laser stabilization at 1 × 10 15

A. D. Ludlow, X. Huang, M. Notcutt, T. Zanon-Willette, S. M. Foreman, M. M. Boyd, S. Blatt, and J. Ye  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 6, pp. 641-643 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000641


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Abstract

We demonstrate phase and frequency stabilization of a diode laser at the thermal noise limit of a passive optical cavity. The system is compact and exploits a cavity design that reduces vibration sensitivity. The subhertz laser is characterized by comparison with a second independent system with similar fractional frequency stability ( 1 × 10 15 at 1 s ) . The laser is further characterized by resolving a 2 Hz wide, ultranarrow optical clock transition in ultracold strontium.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 30, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 25, 2006
Published: February 15, 2007

Citation
A. D. Ludlow, X. Huang, M. Notcutt, T. Zanon-Willette, S. M. Foreman, M. M. Boyd, S. Blatt, and J. Ye, "Compact, thermal-noise-limited optical cavity for diode laser stabilization at 1×10−15," Opt. Lett. 32, 641-643 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-6-641


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