Distributed feedback lasers for quantum cooling applications

Scott Watson*, Steffan Gwyn, Eugenio Di Gaetano, Euan McBrearty, Thomas J. Slight, Martin Knapp, Szymon Stanczyk, Szymon Grzanka, Amit Yadav, Kevin E. Docherty, Edik Rafailov, Piotr Perlin, Steve Najda, Mike Leszczynski, Mohsin Haji, Marc Sorel, Douglas J. Paul, Anthony E. Kelly

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There is an ever-growing need for compact sources which can be used for the cooling process in high accuracy atomic clocks. Current systems make use of large, expensive lasers which are power-hungry and often require frequency doubling in order to hit the required wavelengths. Distributed feedback (DFB) lasers have been fabricated at a number of key wavelengths which would allow chip scale atomic devices with very high accuracy to become a reality. Two key atomic transitions analysed here are 88Sr+ and 87Rb which require cooling at 422 nm and 780.24 nm, respectively. The vital parameter of the DFB lasers for this application is the linewidth, as very narrow linewidths are required in order for the atomic cooling process to occur. The lasers realised here produce the required power levels, with high side-mode suppression ratios and show good single mode tuning which is important for hitting precise wavelengths. This work will present the latest techniques and results using the DFB lasers at both wavelengths.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184234
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2020 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 19 Jul 202023 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
ISSN (Electronic)2162-7339


Conference22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2020


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