A moving-mirror frequency modulator for cold atom spectroscopy

Jones, P.H.; Saunders-Singer, H.; Bergamini, S. and Meacher, D.R. (2002). A moving-mirror frequency modulator for cold atom spectroscopy. Review of Scientific Instruments, 73(7) p. 2549.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1482154

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We have investigated the use of a moving or "Doppler" mirror to probe laser cooled atoms. The device uses the Doppler shift induced on reflection at a moving surface to modulate the frequency of a probing laser beam, with a modulation bandwidth and frequency resolution sufficient for the narrow spectral features typically encountered. We anticipate that the device could be a simple and cost-effective alternative to acousto-optic modulators for cold atom spectroscopy, and demonstrate its usefulness by performing stimulated optical Compton scattering on an optical molasses. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR].

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