Sub-Doppler modulation spectroscopy of potassium for laser stabilization

L Mudarikwa, K Pahwa, Jonathan Goldwin

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We study modulation spectroscopy of the potassium D-2 transitions at 766.7 nm. The vapour pressure, controlled by heating a commercial reference cell, is first optimized using conventional saturated absorption spectroscopy. Heterodyne detection then yields sub-Doppler frequency discriminants suitable for stabilizing lasers in experiments with cold atoms. Comparisons are made between spectra obtained by direct modulation of the probe beam and those using modulation transfer from the pump via nonlinear mixing. Finally, suggestions are made for further optimization of the signals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)065002
JournalJournal of Physics B Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2012


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