Abstract

Sum-frequency generation utilizing two cw single-mode Nd:YAG lasers and a congruent lithium niobate crystal yielded 3.4  mW of very narrow-band (10  kHz over 1  ms) tunable 589-nm cw radiation. This simple solid-state light source is well suited for high-resolution spectroscopy of the sodium D2 line, as was demonstrated with both conventional and FM-modulated saturation spectroscopy.

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