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Multi-channel Opto-mechanical Switch and Locking System for Wavemeters

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posted on 2023-11-30, 19:31 authored by Moji Ghadimi, Elizabeth M. Bridge, Jordan Scarabel, Steven Connell, Kenji Shimizu, Erik Streed, Mirko Lobino
Here we present a cost effective multi-channel opto-mechanical switch and software PID system for locking multiple lasers to a single channel commercial wavemeter. The switch is based on a rotating cylinder that selectively transmits one laser beam at a time to the wavemeter, the wavelength is read by the computer and an error signal is output to the lasers to correct wavelength drifts every millisecond. We use this system to stabilise 740 nm (subsequently frequency doubled to 370 nm), 399 nm and 935 nm lasers for trapping and cooling different isotopes of Yb+ ion. We characterize the frequency stability of the three lasers by using a second, more precise, commercial wavemeter. We also characterise the absolute frequency stability of the 740 nm laser using the fluorescence drift rate of a trapped 174Yb+ ion. For the 740 nm laser we demonstrate an Allan deviation, df/f, of 3 x 10^-10 (at 20 s integration time), equivalent to sub-200 KHz stability.

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