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Teaching physics with 670 nm diode lasers—construction of stabilized lasers and lithium cells

Libbrecht, K. G. and Boyd, R. A. and Willems, P. A. and Gustavson, T. L. and Kim, D. K. (1995) Teaching physics with 670 nm diode lasers—construction of stabilized lasers and lithium cells. American Journal of Physics, 63 (8). pp. 729-737. ISSN 0002-9505. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20120217-152325748

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Abstract

We describe the construction and operation of stabilized 670 nm diode lasers for use in undergraduate teaching labs. Because they emit low‐power visible radiation, 670 nm lasers are safe and aesthetically pleasing, and thus are an attractive alternative to near‐infrared diode lasers in the undergraduate laboratory. We also describe the fabrication of a robust and reliable lithium atomic vapor cell, which can be used with the 670 nm diode lasers to perform a variety of atomic physics experiments.


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Additional Information:© 1995 American Association of Physics Teachers. Received 23 September 1994. Accepted 22 February 1995. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation ILI Program, an AT&T Special Purpose Grant, and the California Institute of Technology. We thank H. J. Kimble for making available the resources of the Caltech Quantum Optics Group, without which this work could not have been done.
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Subject Keywords:Educational tools, laboratory equipment, laser radiation, lithium, physics, semiconductor lasers, tunable lasers, visible radiation
Classification Code:PACS: 01.50.Pa, 42.55.Px
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Official Citation:Teaching physics with 670 nm diode lasers—construction of stabilized lasers and lithium cells K. G. Libbrecht, R. A. Boyd, P. A. Willems, T. L. Gustavson, and D. K. Kim American Journal of Physics, August 1995, Volume 63, Issue 8, pp. 729
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