Production of a coherent pair of light beams with a microwave frequency difference from a single extended-cavity diode laser

Sin Hyuk Yim, Donghyun Cho

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Abstract

We produced a pair of coherent laser beams with a 3-GHz frequency difference by optically phase locking two modes from a single, multimode extended-cavity diode laser. This method is complementary to either a direct modulation or an optical phase locking of two independent lasers. A large differential frequency shift between the two modes of the laser allows efficient phase locking. We developed a simple theory to account for the large differential frequency shift. Allan deviation of the beat frequency when the two modes are phase-locked drops as an inverse of the measurement time and it reaches 10-14 when the time is 1 h. Coherent population trapping spectroscopy of Rb atoms using the phase-locked beams resulted in a spectrum as narrow as that of the case using direct modulation by a stable frequency synthesizer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023107
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 16

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Microwave frequencies
microwave frequencies
light beams
locking
Semiconductor lasers
semiconductor lasers
Modulation
Frequency synthesizers
cavities
frequency shift
Lasers
Laser modes
Time measurement
frequency synthesizers
Laser beams
modulation
beat frequencies
Spectroscopy
Atoms
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