Applied Physics B

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 57–60 | Cite as

A diode laser system for spectroscopy of the ultranarrow transition in ytterbium atoms

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Abstract

A narrow-line diode laser system has been developed for high-resolution spectroscopy of the magnetic quadrupole transition in ytterbium (Yb) atoms at 507 nm. The system consists of an extended-cavity laser diode at 1014 nm, a tapered amplifier and a periodically poled lithium niobate nonlinear crystal which converts the wavelength from 1014 nm to 507 nm. We have stabilized the laser frequency and reduced the linewidth below 1 kHz by tightly locking the laser to a high-finesse optical cavity. By using the developed laser system, we have successfully observed the ultranarrow

\({}^{1}{S}_{0}\leftrightarrow^{3}{P}_{2}\) transition in Yb atoms. Furthermore, our simple and compact laser system could be a high performance and portable frequency reference using iodine spectra whose linewidth becomes less than 50 kHz around 507 nm. We have also demonstrated spectroscopy of iodine molecules.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.CREST, Japan Science and Technology AgencySaitamaJapan

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