Abstract

We report what is believed to be the first demonstration of laser frequency stabilization directly to persistent spectral holes in a solid-state material. The frequency reference material was deuterated CaF2:Tm3+ prepared with 25-MHz-wide persistent spectral holes on the H6 3H4 3 transition at 798 nm. The beat frequency between two lasers that were independently locked to persistent spectral holes in separate crystal samples showed typical root Allan variances of 780±120 Hz for 20–50-ms integration times.

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