We have developed an extended-cavity tunable diode laser system that has a small linewidth and a large output power (more than 90% of the free-running power) whose operating frequency can be conveniently locked to a transition line of Rb atoms. Based on flat-mirror feedback and frequency self-locking and with weak feedback, we have achieved a continuous frequency detuning range greater than 900 MHz and a short-time linewidth stability of better than 0.4%. By using a two-step locking procedure we not only can lock the laser frequency but also can detune the frequency to any desired value. The locking is quite sturdy and rugged.
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