HÜBNER Photonics sponsored PhD candidate, Mitzi Urquiza, has spent the last month testing the full capabilities of our C-WAVE GTR single frequency tunable laser at the infamous particle physics research laboratory in Switzerland, CERN. The C-WAVE GTR is deployed to seed a pulsed dye amplifier, enabling high-resolution spectroscopy of actinides.

Students testing C-WAVE at CERN
Mitzi Urquiza (PhD candidate within LISA-ITN) and Volker Sonnenschein (R&D engineer) from HÜBNER Photonics setting up the widely tunable OPO system C-WAVE GTR at CERN.
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The project was a collaboration with the CRIS (Collinear Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy) experiment at the ISOLDE (Isotope mass Separator On-Line) facility at CERN. Mitzu and her research team seeded a Pulsed Dye Amplifier (PDA) with the C-WAVE GTR tunable lasers and continuously tuned the wavelength to resolve the Hyperfine Structure (HFS) of some exotic silver isotopes using the AbsoluteLambda option to the C-WAVE. This was to compare the performance of a solid state OPO against other methods like a  seeded pulsed Ti:sa laser and a cw dye laser, as a first step towards using a continuous wave OPO for high-resolution spectroscopy of actinides as part of the LISA project.

The project was hugely successful and the C-WAVE GTR proved to be the ideal single frequency tunable source for such an experiment.

‘This project has received funding from the European’s Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement number 861198 project ‘LISA’ (Laser Ionization and Spectroscopy of Actinides) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN).’