Sample records for wavemeters

  1. Compact diffraction grating laser wavemeter for cold atom experiments (United States)

    Wei, Chun-hua; Yan, Shu-hua; Zhang, Tian


    We present an innovative and practical scheme of building a miniaturized wavemeter, with the advantages of low cost, high reliability and simple structure. Through a calibration test by a 780 nm external cavity diode laser (ECDL), the results show that our system gets a wavelength resolution of better than 1 pm, measurement accuracy of better than 2 pm (corresponding to a frequency of 1 GHz), and a measurement range of 8.5 nm. Finally, the multi-mode comparison test between our system and a commercial spectrum analyzer further indicates the high-precision, miniaturization and low cost of the proposed system, which shows that it is particularly suitable for ECDL and atom cooling and trapping experiments. The system design, experimental results and conclusions are of definite significance as a fine reference for other ranges of wavelength.

  2. A compact automatic wavemeter for use with tunable infrared diode lasers (United States)

    Lew, H.; Marmet, N.; Marshall, M. D.; McKellar, A. R. W.; Nichols, G. W.


    A laser wavemeter based on a fringe-counting Michelson interferometer is described, and its use with infrared tunable diode laser (TDL) sources is demonstrated. The wavenumber features compact vacuum-tight construction, the use of a vernier technique to ensure integral fringe counts, and the use of an inexpensive home computer circuit board for direct automatic read-out of the TDL wavenumber or wavelength. The design emphasizes compactness and ease of use at some expense in accuracy, which is limited mainly by TDL alignment and wavefront curvature effects. For routine use in the 5- to 10-micron region, the wavemeter is reliable to about 0.03/cm in unfavorable cases, and a factor of ten better ordinarily. With extra care in alignment of the TDL beam, or with a single 'calibration' in a given region, accuracies of 0.001/cm may be obtained (better than 1 part in one million).

  3. A reliable, compact and low-cost Michelson wavemeter for laser wavelength measurement

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    Fox, P.J.; Scholten, R.E.; Walkiewicz, M.R.; Drullinger, R.E.


    We describe the construction and operation of a simple, compact and cost effective Michelson wavemeter with picometer accuracy. The low cost of the device means that it can form the basis of an undergraduate laboratory experiment, yet it is sufficiently reliable and accurate that it has become an important tool in our research laboratory, where it is regularly used to tune lasers to atomic transitions. The usefulness and accuracy of the wavemeter is demonstrated by tuning two separate extended cavity diode lasers to achieve two-step excitation of the Rb 5 2 D state, observed by detecting 420 nm blue fluorescence from the 5 2 D → 6 2 P → 5 2 S decay path. (authors)

  4. SL-7 Extreme Stress Data Collection and Reduction. (United States)


    a microwave radar wavemeter for meas- uring the seaway encountered by the vessel, a wave tank model study and a theoretical hydrodynamic analysis...vessels operated on both transatlantic and transpacific routes. H1. FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION ’= The purpose of this program was to obtain as much midship...either a transatlantic or transpacific route. Atlantic crossings involve some or all of the follow- ing ports: Port Elizabeth, N.J.; Portsmouth. VA

  5. A lidar instrument to measure H2O and aerosol profiles from the NASA ER-2 aircraft (United States)

    Vaughan, W. R.; Browell, E. V.; Hall, W. M.; Averill, R. D.; Wells, J. G.; Hinton, D. E.; Goad, J. H.; Degnan, J. J.


    Plans to develop the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) instrument to conduct scientific experiments aboard a NASA U-2 (ER-2) aircraft are described. The LASE measurement objectives are listed, and the design of the LASE instrument is discussed, including performance criteria for the laser transmitter, wavemeter, telescope, optical receiver, and associated electronics. The instrument function is depicted with a block diagram, and layouts of various components are presented.

  6. Automation of an "Aculight" continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator. (United States)

    Morrison, Alexander M; Liang, Tao; Douberly, Gary E


    We report the automation of a continuous-wave, singly resonant, optical parametric oscillator (Lockheed-Martin Aculight ARGOS 2400-SF-15). This commercially available optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is capable of producing >1 W of continuously tunable idler output between 2.2 and 4.6 μm. An algorithm based on the feedback from a high accuracy wavemeter is implemented to synchronize three separate OPO tuning elements; the translation of a fan-out type periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, the rotation of an intracavity etalon, and the continuous tuning of the pump and idler wavelengths via piezoelectric strain of the tunable fiber pump laser. This allows for several hundred wavenumbers of efficient, automatic, continuous tuning of the idler wave. Continuous feedback from the wavemeter limits the absolute frequency accuracy to ±20 MHz. The broad, automatic tuning of the OPO is demonstrated via its implementation as a probe laser for the infrared action spectroscopy of methanol solvated in helium nanodroplets. LabVIEW virtual instruments for the automation of this OPO laser system are reported, along with detailed schematics of the associated hardware developed at the University of Georgia.

  7. Microwave surface resistance of YBa2Cu3O/sub 6.9/ superconducting films

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    Martens, J.S.; Beyer, J.B.; Ginley, D.S.


    The microwave surface resistance of an YBa 2 Cu 3 O/sub 6.9/ superconducting thick film was measured over the range 7.0--16.7 GHz at 77 K. This was done by placing a sample in a TE 01 /sub n/ wavemeter cavity and observing the change in selectivity of the cavity. The material's surface resistance is of the same order of magnitude as that of silver at 77 K from 8 to 12 GHz and improves about another order at 4.2 K. The power-law behavior of surface resistance with frequency is probably close to quadratic. This is similar to the behavior of low critical temperature superconductors

  8. High-power, continuous-wave, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:sPPLT. (United States)

    Chaitanya Kumar, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M


    We report a stable, high-power, cw, mid-IR optical parametric oscillator using MgO-doped stoichiometric periodically poled LiTaO₃ (MgO:sPPLT) pumped by a Yb fiber laser at 1064 nm. The singly resonant oscillator (SRO), based on a 30 mm long crystal, is tunable over 430 nm from 3032 to 3462 nm and can generate as much as 5.5 W of mid-IR output power, with >4 W of over 60% of the tuning range and under reduced thermal effects, enabling room temperature operation. Idler power scaling measurements at ~3.3 μm are compared with an MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO₃ cw SRO, confirming that MgO:sPPLT is an attractive material for multiwatt mid-IR generation. The idler output at 3299 nm exhibits a peak-to-peak power stability better than 12.8% over 5 h and frequency stability of ~1 GHz, while operating close to room temperature, and has a linewidth of ~0.2 nm, limited by the resolution of the wavemeter. The corresponding signal linewidth at 1570 nm is ~21 MHz.

  9. 2-D Laser-Calibrated Doppler Images of HeII and CIII Emission on DIII-D (United States)

    Allen, S. L.; Samuell, Cameron; Meyer, W. H.


    Recent improvements to the DIII-D CIS system have reduced the error bars of the inferred Doppler velocity by over an order of magnitude, i.e. to 0.1 km/s. Coherence imaging of plasma emission superimposes an interferogram on the plasma image, and the interferometer phase is a sensitive measure of the central wavelength of the emission. A tuneable diode laser calibration image at 465 nm is automatically acquired between plasma shots and provides the rest wavelength in the lab frame; the wavelength is measured with a wavemeter to 0.01 pm. The interferometer is stabilized mechanically and thermally with a unique system so that the interferometer drift between calibrations is small. These improvements have enabled tomographically inverted images of main ion He II parallel flow in the divertor during He plasma operation. The parallel flow, as expected, is observed to depend on the direction of the B × ∇B drift, which is reversed by changing the direction of the toroidal field. For many conditions, the C III Doppler velocity is also in the same direction as the main ion. Work supported by the US DOE under DE-FC02-04ER54698 and DE-AC52-07NA27344. LLNL-ABS-88688.

  10. Sub-Doppler Spectroscopy of H_3^+ (United States)

    Hodges, James N.; Perry, Adam J.; Siller, Brian M.; McCall, Benjamin J.


    Spectroscopy of H_3^+ is of fundamental interest for advancing ab initio efforts to calculate spectra with high precision and accuracy. H_3^+ is the simplest polyatomic ion, which is why it is an excellent benchmark for theory. In order to perform calculations with spectroscopic accuracy, relativistic and non-adiabatic corrections to the Born-Oppenhiemer approximation must be included; calculations with these considerations agree to within hundredths of a wavenumber. Increasing the precision of the calculations further will require a treatment of quantum electrodynamic effects, as has already been implemented for the diatomic case, and testing these calculations will require higher-precision experimental data to guide ab initio calculations. Noise Immune Cavity Enhanced Optical Heterodyne Velocity Modulation Spectroscopy, or NICE-OHVMS, is a highly sensitive, highly precise technique that we have employed to observe transitions in the ν_2 fundamental band of H_3^+. It combines the advantages of cavity enhancement and heterodyne detection with the ion-neutral discrimination afforded by velocity modulation. Combining a cavity with a high power mid-infrared light source, we can saturate rovibrational transitions. The resulting Lamb dips may be fit in order to determine line centers to a much higher precision than is possible for ordinary Doppler broadened profiles. Additionally, a frequency comb is used to surpass the limited accuracy and precision of a wavemeter. Here we present the results from comb calibrated H_3^+ transitions observed via NICE-OHVMS. Precision and accuracy of ˜ 1 MHz were achieved representing the most accurate and precise H_3^+ line list that has been obtained to date. O. L. Polyansky, J. Tennyson, J. Chem. Phys. (1999), 110, 5056--5064. J. Komasa, et al. J. Chem. Theor. Comp. (2011), 7, 3105--3115. B. M. Siller, et al. Opt. Express (2011), 19, 24822--7. K. N. Crabtree, et al. Chem. Phys. Lett. (2012), 551, 1--6.

  11. Multispecies transmitter for DIAL sensing of atmospheric water vapour, methane and carbon dioxide in the 2 μm region (United States)

    Mammez, Dominique; Cadiou, Erwan; Dherbecourt, Jean-Baptiste; Raybaut, Myriam; Melkonian, Jean-Michel; Godard, Antoine; Gorju, Guillaume; Pelon, Jacques; Lefebvre, Michel


    Integrated-path differential absorption lidar (IPDIAL) is an attractive technique to monitor greenhouse gases from space. For that purpose, suitable absorption lines have been identified as good candidates around 2.05 μm for CO2, 2.29 μm for CH4, and 2.06 μm for H2O. In this context, we have developed a high energy transmitter around 2 μm based on frequency conversion in a nested cavity doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (NesCOPO) followed by high energy parametric amplification. This master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) architecture enables the generation of tunable single-frequency high energy nanosecond pulses (tens of mJ) suitable for atmospheric DIAL applications. Moreover, taking advantage of the wide spectral coverage capability of the NesCOPO, we demonstrate the potential for this single emitter to address the aforementioned spectral lines, without the use of additional seeding devices. The emitter provides energies up to 20 mJ for the signal waves in the vicinity of CO2 and H2O lines, and 16 mJ at 2290 nm for the CH4 line. By implementing a control loop based on a wavemeter frequency measurement, the signal fluctuations can be maintained below 1 MHz rms for 10 s averaging time. Finally, from optical heterodyne analysis of the beat note between our emitter and a stabilized laser diode, the optical parametric source linewidth was estimated to be better than 60 MHz (Full width at half maximum).

  12. Integrating multi-disciplinary field and laboratory methods to investigate the response and recovery of beach-dune systems in Ireland to extreme events (United States)

    Farrell, E.; Lynch, K.; Wilkes Orozco, S.; Castro Camba, G.; Scullion, A.


    This two year field monitoring project examines the response and recovery of 1.2km of a coastal beach-dune system in the west coast of Ireland (The Maharees, Brandon Bay, Co. Kerry) to storms. The results from this project initiated a larger scale study to assess the long term evolution of Brandon Bay (12km) and patterns of meso-scale rotation. On a bay scale historic shoreline analyses were completed using historic Ordnance Survey maps, aerial photography, and DGPS surveys inputted to the Digital Shoreline Analysis System. These were coupled with a GSTA-wavemeter experiment that collected 410 sediment samples along the beach and nearshore to identify preferred sediment transport pathways along the bay. On a local scale (1.2km) geomorphological changes of the beach and nearshore were monitored using repeated monthly DGPS surveys and drone technology. Topographical data were correlated with atmospheric data obtained from a locally installed automatic weather station, oceanographic data from secondary sources, and photogrammetry using a camera installed at the site collecting pictures every 10 minutes during daylight hours. Changes in surface elevation landward of the foredune from aeolian processes were measured using five pin transects across the dune. The contribution of local blowout dynamics were measured using drone imagery and structure-from-motion technology. The results establish that the average shoreline recession along the 1.2 km site is 72 m during the past 115 years. The topographic surveys illustrate that natural beach building processes initiate system recovery post storms including elevated foreshores and backshores and nearshore sand bar migration across the entire 1.2 km stretch of coastline. In parallel with the scientific work, the local community have mobilized and are working closely with the lead scientists to implement short term coastal management strategies such as signage, information booklets, sand trap fencing, walkways, wooden