After years working in laser frequency stabilization with the best in the field, Mark saw an opportunity to create user-friendly products and systems to allow any researcher to apply high-performance frequency stabilized lasers to their work. Mark moved to Boulder after a working visit to Leo Holberg's lab at NIST. He went on to work in Jan Hall's group at JILA, and gained industry experience at Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies before founding SLS. Mark studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and did a post-doc at the University of Western Australia.
Known for his Peanuts lunchbox, Jan has learned a thing or two about laser frequency stabilization over the course of his career. This was recognized in 2005 when he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in precision spectroscopy and the optical frequency comb technique. In addition to offering guidance and a having a critical look at electronic designs at SLS, Jan remains active at JILA, is a senior fellow emeritus at NIST, and consults through Hall Stable Lasers. A native of Colorado, Jan holds over 20 honors and awards for work in his field. His web pages have the details: Hall Stable Lasers and JILA.
Stable Laser Systems opened for business in September 2009. Boulder Colorado is a pleasant place to live and ride a bike, home to some of the most innovative thinking in laser stabilization at NIST and JILA, and some excellent mirror making companies. To bring solutions to your laser stabilization requirements, we are using our own experience in laser stabilization, the cavities and mirrors of ATFilms, words of wisdom from Jan Hall, and trying to keep abreast of developments at JILA and NIST.
Stable Laser Systems was co-founded by the founders of Advanced Thin Films. SLS's laboratories are in the Advanced Thin Films building, and we work closely together on cavity specification and measurement to make your cavity development efficient. Advanced Thin Films specializes in high quality custom optics and ion beam sputtered precision optical coatings for a wide variety of optics-related applications. Their products include filters, mirrors, and crystal coatings for OEM applications. Their IBS coatings excel in difficult spectral and environmental applications.