D. F. Phillips, G. P. Wong, D. Bear, R. E. Stoner and R. L. Walsworth
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138
Published in Review of Scientific
Instruments:vol. 70, p.2905, July, 1999
We have characterized the spectra and performance of an ensemble of eleven fiber-coupled laser diode arrays (LDAs) manufactured by Opto Power Inc. These high-power LDAs operate near 795 nm and are of a type commonly used for spin-exchange optical pumping of noble gases. We find the Opto Power LDAs to vary significantly in output power, spectral width, and other important characteristics, in a manner not correlated with age, operating lifetime, or information supplied by the manufacturer. In addition we have developed a two-loop feedback technique for use with LDAs that stabilizes the Rb magnetization in an optical pumping cell to better than one part in a thousand.
Measured properties of the ensemble of studied LDAs. (Starred entries were not measured.)
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