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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2010
  • pp: 6264–6267

Simple iodine reference at 1064 nm for absolute laser frequency determination in space applications

Wataru Kokuyama, Kenji Numata, and Jordan Camp  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 32, pp. 6264-6267 (2010)

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Using an iodine cell with fixed gas pressure, we built a simple frequency reference at 1064 nm with 10 MHz absolute accuracy and used it to demonstrate deterministic phase locking between two single-frequency lasers. The reference was designed to be as simple as possible, and it does not use a cooler or frequency modulator. This system should be useful, especially for space interferometric missions such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2010
Published: November 4, 2010

Wataru Kokuyama, Kenji Numata, and Jordan Camp, "Simple iodine reference at 1064 nm for absolute laser frequency determination in space applications," Appl. Opt. 49, 6264-6267 (2010)

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