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Optically pumped semiconductor lasers for atomic and molecular physics



Dietrich G. Leibfried, Shaun Burd, Andrew C. Wilson, David J. Wineland


Experiments in atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics rely on lasers at many different wavelengths and with varying requirements on spectral linewidth, power and intensity stability. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs), when combined with nonlinear frequency conversion, can potentially replace many of the laser systems currently in use. We are developing a source for laser cooling and spectroscopy of Mg+ ions at 280 nm, based on a frequency quadrupled OPSL with the gain chip fabricated at the ORC at Tampere Univ. of Technology, Finland. This OPSL system could serve as a prototype for many other sources used in atomic and molecular physics.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the SPIE Photonics West LASE 2015
Conference Dates
February 7-13, 2015
Conference Location
San Francisco, CA
Conference Title
SPIE Photonics West LASE 2015


atomic and molecular physics, intensity stability, semiconductor laser, tunability


Leibfried, D. , Burd, S. , Wilson, A. and Wineland, D. (2015), Optically pumped semiconductor lasers for atomic and molecular physics, Proceedings of the SPIE Photonics West LASE 2015, San Francisco, CA, [online], (Accessed July 16, 2024)


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Created February 7, 2015, Updated August 13, 2018