Polarization spectrometer locked diode laser for trapping cold atoms

G. P.T. Lancaster, R. S. Conroy, M. A. Clifford, J. Arlt, K. Dholakia

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We have modelled and used polarization spectroscopy to lock a very compact, high-performance extended cavity diode laser system to the 85Rb (F = 3 to F′ = 4) transition. The laser has a linewidth of 135 kHz. Using this system we have trapped and cooled 1.5×108 Rb atoms in a magneto-optical trap. Atoms remained continuously trapped in the MOT for several minutes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Oct 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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