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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 24159–24164

Frequency stability of a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator frequency comb

Teresa I. Ferreiro, Jinghua Sun, and Derryck T. Reid  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 24159-24164 (2011)

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Carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) and pulse-repetition frequencies of a Ti:sapphire-pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator were locked to uncertainties of 0.09 Hz and 0.16 mHz respectively, with the CEO beat signal linewidth being stabilized to 15 Hz (instrument limited). In-loop phase-noise power spectral density measurements showed a contribution of our servo electronics to the comb-line frequency uncertainty of up to 110 Hz. Complementary time-series data implied an in-loop comb instability of 2 x 10−11 (1-s gate time), matching the Rb-stabilized reference used and verifying that dual servo-control of the CEO and repetition frequencies was effective in stabilizing the comb to at least this precision.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2011
Published: November 11, 2011

Teresa I. Ferreiro, Jinghua Sun, and Derryck T. Reid, "Frequency stability of a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator frequency comb," Opt. Express 19, 24159-24164 (2011)

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