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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 12 — Jun. 17, 2002
  • pp: 515–520

Continuously tunable, precise, single frequency optical signal generator

John D. Jost, John L. Hall, and Jun Ye  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 12, pp. 515-520 (2002)

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To realize a genuine CW optical frequency synthesizer, a continuously tunable single-frequency CW laser has been employed to track precisely any arbitrary component of a wide bandwidth phase-stabilized optical comb. We demonstrate experimentally two fundamental aspects of optical frequency synthesis, namely, precise setting of the laser frequency at an arbitrary pre-determined value, and continuous tuning of the laser frequency with the digital precision known in radio frequency synthesis. A typical computer-automated search-and-lock procedure finishes on one-minute time scale.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

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Original Manuscript: May 29, 2002
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2002
Published: June 17, 2002

John Jost, John Hall, and Jun Ye, "Continuously tunable, precise, single frequency optical signal generator," Opt. Express 10, 515-520 (2002)

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