Pulsed dye laser for excitation of strontium
Killian, Thomas C.
Master of Science
This thesis describes the construction and characterization of a high energy, tunable, pulsed dye laser that is used to make ultracold strontium plasma. In order to make ultracold plasma, we cool and trap strontium atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) and then photoionize them with the dye laser. The dye laser is pumped by high-energy 355nm pulses from a commercial Nd:YAG laser and it gives out 10ns pulses of 400--415nm light with up to 50mJ/pulse. We will discuss the lasers spectrum, wavelength calibration, output power and efficiency for photoionizing strontium.
Atomic physics; Optics