Improved performance of semiconductor laser tracking frequency gauge

12 Mar 2018  ·  Kaplan D. M., Roberts T. J., Phillips J. D., Reasenberg R. D. ·

We describe new results from the semiconductor-laser tracking frequency gauge, an instrument that can perform sub-picometer distance measurements and has applications in gravity research and in space-based astronomical instruments proposed for the study of light from extrasolar planets. Compared with previous results, we have improved incremental distance accuracy by a factor of two, to 0.9 pm in 80 s averaging time, and absolute distance accuracy by a factor of 20, to 0.17 $\mu$m in 1000 s. After an interruption of operation of a tracking frequency gauge used to control a distance, it is now possible, using a nonresonant measurement interferometer, to restore the distance to picometer accuracy by combining absolute and incremental distance measurements...

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Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics High Energy Physics - Experiment Atomic Physics