Contributed Papers

Applied Physics B

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 179-185

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Dye-laser frequency stabilization using optical resonators

  • J. HoughAffiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards
  • , D. HilsAffiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards
  • , M. D. RaymanAffiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards
  • , Ma L. -S. Affiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards
  • , L. HollbergAffiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards
  • , J. L. HallAffiliated withJoint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado and National Bureau of Standards

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Abstract

We describe a study, performed using heterodyne techniques, of the frequency fluctuations of two completely independent ring dye lasers locked to independent reference cavities. Single laser linewidths of less than 750 Hz were achieved, the principal limitation being residual vibrations from the noisy laboratory environment. With future design and environmental improvements, ultranarrow linewidths are expected thus providing a useful tool for a great variety of high precision experiments.

PACS

06 07.60 42.60