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12 July 2008 Frequency stabilization of semiconductor lasers for onboard interferometers using both Rb-saturated absorption profiles and double-optical feedback systems
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The precise interferometric systems employed in today's artificial satellites require semiconductor lasers of the highest caliber. To this end, efforts to stabilize their oscillation frequencies and narrow spectrum line-widths continue relentlessly. While a number of different approaches have been tested, none have provided overall, long-term stability. Most recently, we employed a Doppler-free absorption line of Rb atoms, with a precision temperature controller and an improved laser mount. In this instance, relative optical frequency stability rated 9.07×10-13≤σ(2,τ)≤7.54×10-10, in averaging time for 0.01s≤τ23s. By introducing an optical feedback, which narrows the laser's linewidth, we obtained improved frequency stability.
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K. Nakano, S. Maehara, M. Yanagisawa, A. Sato, K. Doi, T. Sato, M. Ohkawa, T. Maruyama, and S. Kawamura "Frequency stabilization of semiconductor lasers for onboard interferometers using both Rb-saturated absorption profiles and double-optical feedback systems", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 701047 (12 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.788681
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