Injection locking of a low cost high power laser diode at 461 nm

C. J.H. Pagett, P. H. Moriya, R. Celistrino Teixeira, R. F. Shiozaki, M. Hemmerling, Ph W. Courteille

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Stable laser sources at 461 nm are important for optical cooling of strontium atoms. In most existing experiments, this wavelength is obtained by frequency doubling infrared lasers, since blue laser diodes either have low power or large emission bandwidths. Here, we show that injecting less than 10 mW of monomode laser radiation into a blue multimode 500 mW high power laser diode is capable of slaving at least 50% of the power to the desired frequency. We verify the emission bandwidth reduction by saturation spectroscopy on a strontium gas cell and by direct beating of the slave with the master laser. We also demonstrate that the laser can efficiently be used within the Zeeman slower for optical cooling of a strontium atomic beam.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053105
Number of pages5
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2016


  • laser diodes
  • visible spectra
  • strontium
  • Zeeman effect
  • absorption spectra


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