FM dye lasers

D. M. Kane*, S. R. Bramwell, A. I. Ferguson

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We have investigated the detailed operation of a frequency modulated dye laser (FML). The FML consists of a standing wave Rh6G dye laser with an intracavity transverse ADP phase modulator which is driven at a frequency close to the cavity mode spacing. An ideal FML output consists of a laser beam which is constant in amplitude but sinusoidally varying in frequency. This provides a source of many laser modes which are equally spaced by the modulation frequency. Several dye laser configurations have been investigated. Measurements of the mode intensities, total power, amplitude modulation and rf beat amplitudes have been made as a function of the rf driving frequency of the phase modulator. The FM laser obtained has been frequency stabilised by locking it to a reference interferometer and also by frequency offset locking it to a single-frequency dye laser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1986
Externally publishedYes


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