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!
- Day 1: Acousto-Optic Modulator
- Day 2: Ion Pump
- Day 3: Photomultiplier Tube
- Day 4: Vapor Cell
- Day 5: Analog-Digital Converter
- Day 6: Magnetic Field Coils
- Day 7: Optical Fiber
- Day 8: Electro-Optical Modulator
- Day 9: CCD Camera
- Day 10: Ion Gauge
- Day 11: Residual Gas Analyzer
- Day 12: Arbitrary Waveform Generator
- Day 13: Optical Reference Cavity
On many occasions we need to know the absolute wavelength of the light of a laser, for example when stabilizing the laser with an optical reference cavity. The wavelength meter is one of the tools to do that measurement to pretty good accuracy.