Applied Physics B

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 46–50 | Cite as

An argon ion ring laser as a gyroscope

  • B. Höling
  • G. Leuchs
  • H. Ruder
  • M. Schneider
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As a prototype gyroscope for a precision measurement of the Earth's rotation ΩE, we set up an argon ion ring laser with an area of 1.4 m2. Different cavity geometries were tested in order to achieve a cancellation of the effect of the plasma flow. In a set-up with two laser tubes of the same type facing towards opposite directions, a stability of the beat frequency of 2–3 ΩE was measured. In a configuration with a double transition of the laser beam through the tube, the lock-in threshold was too high for the Earth's rotation to be measured, however, no effect of the plasma flow was observed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Höling
    • 1
  • G. Leuchs
    • 2
  • H. Ruder
    • 3
  • M. Schneider
    • 4
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Nanomach AGBuchsSwitzerland
  3. 3.Lehr- und Forschungsbereich Theoretische AstrophysikUniversität TübingenTübingen 1Fed. Rep. Germany
  4. 4.Forschungseinrichtung SatellitengeodäsieTechnische Universität MünchenMünchenFed. Rep. Germany

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