American Journal of Applied Sciences

Comparison of 10 cm and 50 cm Long Iodine Cells in Iodine-Stabilized Diode Laser-Pumped Nd:YAG Laser at 532 nm

Prayut Potirak, Monludee Ranusawud, Pichet Limsuwan and Prathan Buranasiri

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2018.306.313

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 15, Issue 5

Pages 306-313

Abstract

An iodine-stabilized diode laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser system at 532 nm was developed at the National Institute of Metrology of Thailand (NIMT) for the first time in Thailand. Two iodine cells with the lengths of 10 and 50 cm were used for the comparison of frequency stability of Nd:YAG laser. The experiment was set for phase modulation spectroscopy. The Nd:YAG laser was locked to the a10 component of the R(56)32-0 transition of iodine molecule. The variation of wavelength with time and the frequency stability were carried out at various iodine cell temperatures of 20, 10, 5, 1, -1, -3 and -5°C. The results from the frequency stability measurements showed that the lowest Allan standard deviation value of 6.643×10-10 was obtained at -5°C for 50 cm long iodine cell. From this Allan standard deviation value, it can be concluded that the iodine-stabilized diode laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser system at 532 nm developed in this study is acceptable to be used with a gauge block interferometer for the length calibration of the gauge block.

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© 2018 Prayut Potirak, Monludee Ranusawud, Pichet Limsuwan and Prathan Buranasiri. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.