High-power and narrow-linewidth laser light is a vital tool for atomic physics, being used for example in laser cooling and trapping and precision spectroscopy. Here we produce Watt-level laser radiation at 457.75 nm and 460.86 nm of respective relevance for the cooling transitions of cadmium and strontium atoms. This is achieved via the frequency doubling of a kHz-linewidth vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL), which is based on a novel gain chip design enabling lasing at > 2 W in the 915-928 nm region. Following an additional doubling stage, spectroscopy of the 1S0 → 1P1 cadmium transition at 228.87 nm is performed on an atomic beam, with all the transitions from all eight natural isotopes observed in a single continuous sweep of more than 4 GHz in the deep ultraviolet. The absolute value of the transition frequency of 114Cd and the isotope shifts relative to this transition are determined, with values for some of these shifts provided for the first time.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics