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20th Day of Christmas: Diode Laser

This Advent during the 24 days leading up to Christmas I thought it would be fun to have a quick introduction of scientific apparatus, in particular tools used in atomic physics research. This is a way to say thanks to their hard work for our research, and a look at how many things are really needed to make a laboratory work!

Diode Laser

After so many optical elements, I really ought to get to lasers in this series, since they make the lab go ’round (and ’round). The most common ones, I believe, are diode lasers, or semiconductor lasers. In essence they are not much different from ubiquous laser pointers, except all the effort that goes into making the source more stable, more reliable, more controllable, higher performance.

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