Class Year

2014

Date

4-28-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Physics

First Advisor

Michael M. Kash

Second Advisor

R. Scott Schappe

Third Advisor

Elizabeth W. Fischer

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to describe the construction and operation of a single mode, tunable, external cavity diode laser for use in the excitation of lithium atoms. I will report the relevant ideas required to understand diode laser operation as well as the various quantum states of lithium. The primary focus of this experiment is to construct a tunable external cavity diode laser at 670.8 nm to be used in future experiments on lithium.


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