Abstract

A temperature-insensitive edge laser frequency stabilization method with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) was proposed and demonstrated both theoretically and experimentally in this Letter. In the method, in addition to the unshifted laser frequency, two other shifted frequencies were generated by the AOM. The intensity ratio of these two shifted frequencies was used to stabilize the laser. As the intensity ratio was nearly constant despite the temperature change, the proposed method was temperature insensitive. The theoretical and experimental results showed that the frequency drift of a stabilized laser induced by temperature change was reduced by more than 2 orders of magnitude by using the proposed method when compared with traditional frequency stabilization without an AOM.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Lock point shifts with different reference cell temperatures (a) without AOM and (b) with AOM.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Relative positions of unshifted laser frequency (locking frequency) and two shifted laser frequencies, and (b) the iodine absorption profile of R161(39,0)/R43(39,2) generated by an unshifted and two shifted laser frequencies.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Experimental setup for laser frequency stabilization with and without an AOM. L, lens; M, mirror; ND, neutral density filter; AOM, acousto-optic modulator; BS, beam splitter; PD, photodiode.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Experimental results of edge frequency stabilization method (a) with the AOM and (b) without the AOM.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a) Iodine R134(36,0)/P83(33,0) absorption line, (b) frequency variations of a stabilized laser with reference cell temperature in the stabilization with an AOM, and (c) frequency variations of a stabilized laser with reference cell temperature in the stabilization without an AOM.

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