Towards passive and active laser stabilization using cavity-enhanced atomic interaction

S. A. Schäffer, B. T.R. Christensen, S. M. Rathmann, M. H. Appel, M. R. Henriksen, J. W. Thomsen

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Ultra stable frequency references such as the ones used in optical atomic clocks and for quantum metrology may be obtained by stabilizing a laser to an optical cavity that is stable over time. State-of-the-art frequency references are constructed in this way, but their stabilities are currently limited by thermally induced length fluctuations in the reference cavity. Several alternative approaches using the potential for frequency discriminating of highly forbidden narrow atomic transitions have been proposed in, e.g., [1] and [2]. In this proceeding we will present some of the ongoing experimental efforts derived from these proposals, to use cavity-enhanced interaction with atomic 88Sr samples as a frequency reference for laser stabilization. Such systems can be realized using both passive and active approaches where either the atomic phase response is used as an error signal, or the narrow atomic transition itself is used as a source for a spectrally pure laser. Both approaches shows the promise of being able to compete with the current state of the art in stable lasers and have similar limitations on their ultimately achievable linewidths [1, 2].

Original languageEnglish
Article number012002
Book seriesJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017
Event23rd International Conference on Spectral Line Shapes - Torun, Poland
Duration: 19 Jun 201624 Jun 2016
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd International Conference on Spectral Line Shapes
SponsorCity of Torun, COMEF Sp. z o.o. Sp. k., Lasotronix, MOGLabs Europe, Toptica Photonics AG


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