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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4128–4130

Dual-wavelength laser source for onboard atom interferometry

V. Ménoret, R. Geiger, G. Stern, N. Zahzam, B. Battelier, A. Bresson, A. Landragin, and P. Bouyer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 21, pp. 4128-4130 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.004128


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Abstract

We present a compact and stable dual-wavelength laser source for onboard atom interferometry with two different atomic species. It is based on frequency-doubled telecom lasers locked on a femtosecond optical frequency comb. We take advantage of the maturity of fiber telecom technology to reduce the number of free-space optical components, which are intrinsically less stable, and to make the setup immune to vibrations and thermal fluctuations. The source provides the frequency agility and phase stability required for atom interferometry and can easily be adapted to other cold atom experiments. We have shown its robustness by achieving the first dual-species K-Rb magneto-optical trap in microgravity during parabolic flights.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 7, 2011
Published: October 19, 2011

Citation
V. Ménoret, R. Geiger, G. Stern, N. Zahzam, B. Battelier, A. Bresson, A. Landragin, and P. Bouyer, "Dual-wavelength laser source for onboard atom interferometry," Opt. Lett. 36, 4128-4130 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-21-4128


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