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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5897–5904

Frequency stabilisation of a fibre-laser comb using a novel microstructured fibre

C.R. Locke, E.N. Ivanov, P. S. Light, F. Benabid, and A.N. Luiten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5897-5904 (2009)

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There is great interest in developing high performance optical frequency metrology based around mode-locked fibre lasers because of their low cost, small size and long-term turnkey operation when compared to the solid-state alternative. We present a method for stabilising the offset frequency of a fibre-based laser comb using a 2f – 3f technique based around a unique fibre that exhibits strong resonant dispersive wave emission. This fibre requires lower power than conventional highly non-linear fibre to generate a suitable signal for offset frequency stabilisation and this in turn avoids the complexity of additional nonlinear steps. We generate an offset frequency signal from the mixing of a wavelength-shifted second harmonic comb with a third harmonic of the comb. Additionally, we have stabilised the repetition rate of the laser to a level better than 10-14τ, limited by the measurement system noise floor. We present the means for complete and precise measurement of the transfer function of the laser frequency controls.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2009
Published: March 27, 2009

C. R. Locke, E. N. Ivanov, P. S. Light, F. Benabid, and A. N. Luiten, "Frequency stabilisation of a fibre-laser comb using a novel microstructured fibre," Opt. Express 17, 5897-5904 (2009)

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