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461nm laser for studies in ultracold neutral strontium

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Title: 461nm laser for studies in ultracold neutral strontium
Author: Saenz, Aaron D.
Advisor: Killian, Thomas C.
Degree: Master of Science thesis
Abstract: A 461 nm laser was constructed for the purposes of studying ultracold neutral strontium. The dipole-allowed 1 S0 → 1P1 transition at 460.862 nm can be used in laser cooling and trapping; optical imaging, Zeeman slowing, and photoassociative spectroscopy. We produce light at this wavelength by converting infrared light at 922nm from various IR sources, notably a Ti:Sapphire laser, via second harmonic generation in a frequency doubling cavity using a potassium niobate crystal. This thesis will discuss the motivation, optical resonator, locking electronics, and characterization of a 461 nm laser.
Citation: Saenz, Aaron D.. (2005) "461nm laser for studies in ultracold neutral strontium." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17913.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/17913
Date: 2005

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