Injection locking of a low cost high power laser diode at 461 nm

Pagett, C. J.H. and Moriya, P. H. and Celistrino Teixeira, R. and Shiozaki, R. F. and Hemmerling, M. and Courteille, Ph W. (2016) Injection locking of a low cost high power laser diode at 461 nm. Review of Scientific Instruments, 87 (5). 053105. ISSN 0034-6748 (

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Stable laser sources at 461 nm are important for optical cooling of strontium atoms. In most existing experiments, this wavelength is obtained by frequency doubling infrared lasers, since blue laser diodes either have low power or large emission bandwidths. Here, we show that injecting less than 10 mW of monomode laser radiation into a blue multimode 500 mW high power laser diode is capable of slaving at least 50% of the power to the desired frequency. We verify the emission bandwidth reduction by saturation spectroscopy on a strontium gas cell and by direct beating of the slave with the master laser. We also demonstrate that the laser can efficiently be used within the Zeeman slower for optical cooling of a strontium atomic beam.