Abstract

The frequency of a commercial hard-sealed He–Ne laser has been stabilized to the center of the discharge gain profile using the mode splitting caused by an axial magnetic field. The absolute frequency has been measured repeatedly during intermittent operation over 20 months. Its drift over most of this period has been 2.6 ± 0.7 MHz/yr. The lock point has been found to depend slightly on the laser tube's temperature.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]

1982 (1)

M. A. Zumberge, R. L. Rinker, J. E. Faller, “A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of the Earth's Gravity,” Metrologia 18, 145 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1980 (1)

1972 (1)

G. H. Mikhnenko, E. D. Protsenko, E. A. Sedoi, “Investigation of the 0.63-μm Line Shift in a He–Ne20 Laser with an Absorption Cell,” Opt. Spektrosk. 32, 809 (1972)[Opt. Spectrosc. 32, 425 (1972)].

1969 (1)

T. P. Sosnowski, W. B. Johnson, “Frequency Shifts of the Lamb Dip Minimum in the Helium-Neon Laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 151 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Baer, T.

Cutler, L. S.

L. S. Cutler, Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office 879, 631 (Patent3,534,292) (1970).

Faller, J. E.

M. A. Zumberge, R. L. Rinker, J. E. Faller, “A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of the Earth's Gravity,” Metrologia 18, 145 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Hall, J. L.

Johnson, W. B.

T. P. Sosnowski, W. B. Johnson, “Frequency Shifts of the Lamb Dip Minimum in the Helium-Neon Laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 151 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Kowalski, F. V.

Mikhnenko, G. H.

G. H. Mikhnenko, E. D. Protsenko, E. A. Sedoi, “Investigation of the 0.63-μm Line Shift in a He–Ne20 Laser with an Absorption Cell,” Opt. Spektrosk. 32, 809 (1972)[Opt. Spectrosc. 32, 425 (1972)].

Protsenko, E. D.

G. H. Mikhnenko, E. D. Protsenko, E. A. Sedoi, “Investigation of the 0.63-μm Line Shift in a He–Ne20 Laser with an Absorption Cell,” Opt. Spektrosk. 32, 809 (1972)[Opt. Spectrosc. 32, 425 (1972)].

Rinker, R. L.

M. A. Zumberge, R. L. Rinker, J. E. Faller, “A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of the Earth's Gravity,” Metrologia 18, 145 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Sedoi, E. A.

G. H. Mikhnenko, E. D. Protsenko, E. A. Sedoi, “Investigation of the 0.63-μm Line Shift in a He–Ne20 Laser with an Absorption Cell,” Opt. Spektrosk. 32, 809 (1972)[Opt. Spectrosc. 32, 425 (1972)].

Sosnowski, T. P.

T. P. Sosnowski, W. B. Johnson, “Frequency Shifts of the Lamb Dip Minimum in the Helium-Neon Laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 151 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Zumberge, M. A.

M. A. Zumberge, R. L. Rinker, J. E. Faller, “A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of the Earth's Gravity,” Metrologia 18, 145 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. P. Sosnowski, W. B. Johnson, “Frequency Shifts of the Lamb Dip Minimum in the Helium-Neon Laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-5, 151 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Metrologia (1)

M. A. Zumberge, R. L. Rinker, J. E. Faller, “A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of the Earth's Gravity,” Metrologia 18, 145 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Spektrosk. (1)

G. H. Mikhnenko, E. D. Protsenko, E. A. Sedoi, “Investigation of the 0.63-μm Line Shift in a He–Ne20 Laser with an Absorption Cell,” Opt. Spektrosk. 32, 809 (1972)[Opt. Spectrosc. 32, 425 (1972)].

Other (1)

L. S. Cutler, Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office 879, 631 (Patent3,534,292) (1970).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Allen variance of a Zeeman stabilized laser vs an iodine stabilized laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Frequency drift of a Zeeman stabilized laser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Lock point frequency of the Zeeman stabilized laser is plotted as a function of tube temperature. The length of each bar represents the difference in surface temperature measured at the two locations indicated in the drawing. Data sets were taken at three different ambient temperatures measured just outside the aluminum housing.

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