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Control of Coherent Light and its Broad Applications



Jun Ye, R J. Jones, K W. Holman, S M. Foreman, D J. Jones, S T. Cundiff, John L. Hall, T M. Fortier, A Marian


A remarkable synergy has been formed between the technology of precision optical frequency metrology and ultrafast laser science. This has resulted in control of the frequency spectrum produced by mode-locked lasers,which consists of a regular comb of sharp lines. Such a controlled mode-locked laser is a femtosecond optical frequency comb generator. For a sufficiently broad comb, it is straightforward to determine the absolute frequencies of all of the comb lines. This ability has revolutionized optical frequency metrology and synthesis and it has also led to recent demonstrations of atomic clocks that utilize optical frequency transitions. In addition, the comb technology is having a strong impact on time-domain applications, including control of the carrier-envelopephase, precision timing synchronization, and synthesis of a single pulse from independent lasers.
Proceedings Title
International Conference on Atomic Physics | 18th | | Amercan Institute of Physics
Conference Dates
July 1, 2002
Conference Title
International Conference on Atomic Physics


femtosecond comb, frequency metrology, optical atomic clock, ultrafast science


Ye, J. , Jones, R. , Holman, K. , Foreman, S. , Jones, D. , Cundiff, S. , Hall, J. , Fortier, T. and Marian, A. (2003), Control of Coherent Light and its Broad Applications, International Conference on Atomic Physics | 18th | | Amercan Institute of Physics (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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