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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 646–649

Actively stabilized wavelength-insensitive carrier elimination from an electro-optically modulated laser beam

Nathan Cooper, James Bateman, Alexander Dunning, and Tim Freegarde  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 646-649 (2012)

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We demonstrate a simple and robust technique for removal of the carrier wave from a phase-modulated laser beam, using a noninterferometric method that is insensitive to the modulation frequency and instead exploits the polarization dependence of electro-optic modulation. An actively stabilized system using feedback via a liquid crystal cell yields long-term carrier suppression in excess of 28 dB at the expense of a 6.5 dB reduction in sideband power.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.2930) Atomic and molecular physics : Hyperfine structure
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2011
Published: March 16, 2012

Nathan Cooper, James Bateman, Alexander Dunning, and Tim Freegarde, "Actively stabilized wavelength-insensitive carrier elimination from an electro-optically modulated laser beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 646-649 (2012)

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