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Femtosecond laser-based synthesis of ultrastable microwave signals from optical frequency references

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Author(s)

A Bartels, Scott Diddams, Christopher W. Oates, G Wilpers, James C. Bergquist, Windell Oskay, Leo W. Hollberg

Abstract

Using femtosecond laser frequency combs to convert optical frequency references to the microwave domain, we demonstrate the synthesis of 10 GHz signals having an instability of <3.5e-15 at 1 s averaging time, limited by the optical reference. The residual instability and phase noise of the femtosecond laser based frequency synthesizers are 6.5e-16 at 1 s and -98 dBc/Hz at 1 Hz from the 10 GHz carrier. The timing jitter of the microwave signals relative to the optical reference is 3.3 fs in an integration window from 0.1 Hz to 1 MHz.
Citation
Optics Letters
Volume
30
Issue
6

Keywords

femtosecond laser, frequency synthesis, optical frequency standard

Citation

Bartels, A. , Diddams, S. , Oates, C. , Wilpers, G. , Bergquist, J. , Oskay, W. and Hollberg, L. (2005), Femtosecond laser-based synthesis of ultrastable microwave signals from optical frequency references, Optics Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=50160 (Accessed May 27, 2024)

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Created March 14, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021