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Optical-to-RF Frequency Synthesis: Application Priorities for Ultra-low Phase Noise



David A. Howe, Archita Hati, Craig W. Nelson, Lora L. Nugent-Glandorf


We describe operational challenges and progress of optical frequency-comb dividers (OFDs) that synthesize RF signals from the optical domain. Our priorities include: (1) ultra-low phase-noise, (2) continuous operation, and (3) broadly low Allan deviation.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of OSA FiOLS 2015
Conference Dates
October 18-22, 2015
Conference Location
San Jose, CA
Conference Title
OSA FiOLS 2015


Oscillator, phase noise, stability, accuracy, frequency synthesizer, optical frequency divider, optical atomic standard


Howe, D. , Hati, A. , Nelson, C. and Nugent-Glandorf, L. (2015), Optical-to-RF Frequency Synthesis: Application Priorities for Ultra-low Phase Noise, Proceedings of OSA FiOLS 2015, San Jose, CA (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created October 18, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017