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A frequency-stabilized Yb:KYW femtosecond laser frequency comb and its application to low-phase noise microwave generation

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Author(s)

Scott A. Diddams, Stephanie Meyer, Tara M. Fortier, Steve Lecomte

Abstract

We present an optically-stabilized Yb:KYW fs-laser frequency comb. We use an f-2f nonlinear interferometer to measure the carrier envelope offset frequency (f0) and the heterodyne beatnote between the comb and a stable CW laser at 1068 nm to detect fluctuations in the comb repetition rate (frep). Both of these degrees of freedom of the comb are then controlled using phase-locked loops. As a demonstration of the frequencystabilized comb, we generate low-phase-noise 10 GHz microwaves through detection of the pulse train on a high bandwidth photodiode. The Allan deviation of the resulting 10 GHz microwaves was measured to be -15 at 1 s by comparison to an independently-stabilized Ti:Sapphire frequency comb. This room-temperature, optically-based source of microwaves has close-to-carrier phase noise comparable to the very best cryogenic microwave oscillators.
Citation
Applied Physics B

Keywords

Frequency comb, laser, microwaves, phase noise

Citation

Diddams, S. , Meyer, S. , Fortier, T. and Lecomte, S. (2013), A frequency-stabilized Yb:KYW femtosecond laser frequency comb and its application to low-phase noise microwave generation, Applied Physics B (Accessed June 20, 2024)

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Created March 16, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017