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Optical-clock local-oscillator stabilization scheme

Letchumanan, V and Gill, P and Sinclair, A G and Riis, E (2006) Optical-clock local-oscillator stabilization scheme. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 23 (4). pp. 714-717. ISSN 0740-3224

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Stabilization of a laser to an optical-clock transition has been demonstrated using Ramsey's phase-modulation technique. The technique was implemented using a 674 nm laser and a component of the 5 s S-2(1/2) -> 4d D-2(5/2) optical clock transition in a single Sr-88(+) ion. The lock performance observed was consistent with the short-term stability of the local oscillator. Compared with existing frequency-modulation stabilization schemes, this technique offers advantages for use in single-ion optical clocks through its possible increased resolution and the ability to conveniently compensate known systematic shifts. (c) 2006 Optical Society of America.