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Precision Phase Control of an Ultrawide-Bandwidth Femtosecond Laser: A Network of Ultrastable Frequency Marks Across the Visible Spectrum

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Author(s)

J Ye, John L. Hall, Scott Diddams

Abstract

We demonstrate that the stability of the current optical frequency comb generated by a Kerr-lens mode-locked laser is limited by the microwavereference used for phase locking the comb spacing. Hence we implement precision frequency/phase control of the entire comb to the fundamental and second-harmonic frequencies of a stable cw laser without any external microwave reference. The stability of a cw iodine-stabilized laser to millions of comb lines (with an instability of 3 x 10^u-13) covering more than one octave of the opticalfrequency spectrum. In addition, the mode spacing of the comb can be used as a stable microwave frequency derived directly from a stable optical oscillator.
Citation
Optics Letters
Volume
25
Issue
No. 22

Keywords

femtosecond laser, frequency metrology, optical comb, phase lock

Citation

Ye, J. , Hall, J. and Diddams, S. (2000), Precision Phase Control of an Ultrawide-Bandwidth Femtosecond Laser: A Network of Ultrastable Frequency Marks Across the Visible Spectrum, Optics Letters (Accessed June 24, 2024)

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Created October 31, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021