Since the introduction of laser-cooling techniques for neutral atoms, the enhancement of high-power lasers with excellent spectral and spatial quality has been an important research subject. We report a new principle of using highpower laserdiodes directly in an external cavity. The very compact design offers an output power of up to 1 W and an excellent beam quality (M2 < 1.2). The coupling efficiency for a single mode fiber exceeds 60%. The center wavelength can be tuned between 775 nm and 785 nm. This laser operates single mode with a mode-hop free tuning range of up to 15 GHz without current modulation and a side-mode suppression better than 55 dB. Demonstrating the suitability forneutral atom cooling we used this laser as light source in the production of a BEC of over a million 87Rb atoms.

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Publisher Bellingham: SPIE
Editor M. S. Zediker
Stry, S, Hildebrandt, L, Sacher, J, Buggle, C, Kemmann, M, & von Klitzing, W. (2004). Compact tunable diode laser with diffraction limited 1 Watt for atom cooling and trapping. In M. S Zediker (Ed.), High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications II (pp. 17–24). Bellingham: SPIE.