Solid-state laser system for laser cooling of sodium

E. Mimoun, L. De Sarlo, J. J. Zondy, J. Dalibard, F. Gerbier

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We demonstrate a frequency-stabilized, all-solid laser source at 589 nm with up to 800 mW output power. The laser relies on sum-frequency generation from two laser sources at 1064 nm and 1319 nm through a PPKTP crystal in a doubly resonant cavity. We obtain conversion efficiencies as high as 2 W/W 2 after careful optimization of the cavity parameters. The output wavelength is tunable over 60 GHz, which is sufficient to lock on the sodium D2 line. The robustness, beam quality, spectral narrowness and tunability of our source make it an alternative to dye lasers for atomic physics experiments with sodium atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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