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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1137–1140

Frequency stabilization and actuator characterization of an ytterbium-doped distributed-feedback fiber laser for LISA

Michael Tröbs, Luigi d’Arcio, Gerhard Heinzel, and Karsten Danzmann  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 1137-1140 (2009)

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We have investigated an ytterbium-doped distributed-feedback fiber master oscillator power amplifier system emitting 1 W and its suitability for the space-borne interferometric gravitational-wave detector Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). For this purpose we measured the laser system’s free-running frequency noise, characterized its frequency actuator, and implemented a robust frequency stabilization. Up to 100 Hz Fourier frequency the free-running frequency, noise was comparable to that of a nonplanar ring oscillator. The first resonance of the actuator was at 32 kHz with a quality factor of 26 and a delay of 20 μ s . The frequency lock to a thermally shielded Fabry–Perot cavity was stable over many hours and fulfilled the LISA requirements.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2009
Published: April 30, 2009

Michael Tröbs, Luigi d'Arcio, Gerhard Heinzel, and Karsten Danzmann, "Frequency stabilization and actuator characterization of an ytterbium-doped distributed-feedback fiber laser for LISA," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1137-1140 (2009)

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