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Compact tunable external cavity diode laser with diffraction-limited 1 W optical power, and it's application in BEC and CRDS

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Sandra Stry, Lars Hildebrandt, Joachim Sacher

Sacher Lasertechnik Group (Germany)

Proc. SPIE 5452, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics, 645 (September 1, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.545544
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  • Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics
  • Daan Lenstra; Geert Morthier; Thomas Erneux; Markus Pessa
  • Strasbourg, France | April 26, 2004

abstract

The combination of high power, small linewidth and rapid tuneability is essential for many fields in high resolution spectroscopy. Furthermore these optical features are essential for laser-cooling techniques. Enhancement of high power lasers with excellent spectral and spatial quality is currently an important research subject. The requirements for a laser system applied in both fields of application are demanding: a mode-hop free tuning range of a few GHz, with a linewidth in the order of 1MHz and an output power of a few 100mW. We report a very compact external cavity diode laser system (ECDL) with an output power of up to 800mW with an almost Gaussian shaped beam quality (M2<1.2). The coupling efficiency for a single mode fibre exceeds 60%. The centre wavelength can be preadjusted within the tuning range of 20 nm. This laser operates single mode with a mode-hop free tuning range of up to 15GHz without current compensation and a side-mode-suppression better than 50dB at different wavelength between 730 and 1060nm. To demonstrate the suitability for neutral atom cooling we used this laser as light source in the production of a BEC of over a million 87Rb atoms. In addition we approved this light source for high resolution spectroscopy, more precisely for the Cavity-Ring-Down-Spectroscopy (CRDS). Our ECDL was part of a MIR-light source which utilizes difference-frequency-generation in PPLN. At the wavelength of 3.3μm we were able to perform a high resolution absorption measurement of 50ppb Ethane. Both applications clearly demonstrate the suitability of this laser for high-precision measurements.

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Sandra Stry ; Lars Hildebrandt and Joachim Sacher
"Compact tunable external cavity diode laser with diffraction-limited 1 W optical power, and it's application in BEC and CRDS", Proc. SPIE 5452, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics, 645 (September 1, 2004); doi:10.1117/12.545544; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.545544


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