Laser-frequency locking using light-pressure-induced spectroscopy in a calcium beam

A. K. Mollema*, L. W. Wansbeek, L. Willmann, K. Jungmann, R. G. E. Timmermans, R. Hoekstra

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Abstract

We demonstrate a spectroscopy method that can be applied in an atomic beam, light-pressure-induced spectroscopy (LiPS). A simple pump and probe experiment yields a dispersivelike spectroscopy signal that can be utilized for laser frequency stabilization. The underlying principles are discussed and compared to Monte Carlo simulations. The shape of the dispersive signal is well described by the simulations. The zero crossing point of the signal is redshifted with respect to the atomic resonance by similar to 3 MHz (one-tenth of the natural linewidth) and depends slightly on the laser intensity. The shift of the zero crossing is determined by laser-induced fluorescence and compared with results of Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy. To check the potential of LiPS for frequency stabilization purposes, it was used to frequency-stabilize the laser for 400 min. Frequency fluctuations of only 0.12 MHz were measured.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043409
Pages (from-to)043409
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume77
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2008

Keywords

  • INDUCED NONLINEAR DISPERSION
  • INDUCED LINE-SHAPE
  • ATOMIC GAS
  • DIP

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