A narrow-band injection-seeded pulsed titanium : sapphire oscillator-amplifier system with on-line chirp analysis for high-resolution spectroscopy
Duijn, E.J. van
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A narrow-band tunable injection-seeded pulsed titanium:sapphire laser system has been developed for application in high-resolution spectroscopic studies at the fundamental wavelengths in the near infrared as well as in the ultraviolet, deep ultraviolet, and extreme ultraviolet after upconversion. Special focus is on the quantitative assessment of the frequency characteristics of the oscillator-amplifier system on a pulse-to-pulse basis. Frequency offsets between continuous-wave seed light and the pulsed output are measured as well as linear chirps attributed mainly to mode pulling effects in the oscillator cavity. Operational conditions of the laser are found in which these offset and chirp effects are minimal. Absolute frequency calibration at the megahertz level of accuracy is demonstrated on various atomic and molecular resonance lines. (C) 2007 American Institute of Physics.