We demonstrate laser frequency stabilization to excited state transitions using cascade electromagnetically induced transparency. Using a room temperature Rb vapor cell as a reference, we stabilize a first diode laser to the D 2 transition and a second laser to a transition from the intermediate 5P3/2 state to a highly excited state with principal quantum number n=19-70. A combined laser linewidth of 280±50 kHz over a 100 μs time period is achieved. This method may be applied generally to any cascade system and allows laser stabilization to an atomic reference in the absence of a direct absorption signal.
- laser spectroscopy
- laser frequency stabilization
- Rydberg states
- absorption spectroscopy