Abstract

A laser-diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 microchip laser was built and actively frequency stabilized relative to a Fabry–Perot cavity with the frequency-modulated sideband technique. The error signal reaches the shot-noise level of 7.4mHz/Hz around 1 kHz. Excess intensity noise sets a lower limit of 16.5mHz/Hz for the relative frequency noise, corresponding to a spectral linewidth of 860 μHz. We discuss the method for reconstructing the actual frequency deviation from the observed error signal.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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