Applied Physics B

, Volume 106, Issue 2, pp 257–260 | Cite as

A three-step laser stabilization scheme for excitation to Rydberg levels in 85Rb

  • L. A. M. Johnson
  • H. O. Majeed
  • B. T. H. Varcoe
Article

Abstract

We demonstrate a three-step laser stabilization scheme for excitation to nP and nF Rydberg states in 85Rb, with all three lasers stabilized using active feedback to independent Rb vapor cells. The setup allows stabilization to the Rydberg states 36P3/2–70P3/2 and 33F7/2–90F7/2, with the only limiting factor being the available third step laser power. We study the scheme by monitoring the three laser frequencies simultaneously against a self-referenced optical frequency comb. The third step laser, locked to the Rydberg transition, displays an Allan deviation of 30 kHz over 1 second and <80 kHz over 1 hour. The scheme is very robust and affordable, and it would be ideal for carrying out a range of quantum information experiments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. M. Johnson
    • 1
  • H. O. Majeed
    • 1
  • B. T. H. Varcoe
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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