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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 24 — Nov. 29, 2004
  • pp: 5872–5880

Phase-locked two-branch erbium-doped fiber laser system for long-term precision measurements of optical frequencies

Florian Adler, Konstantinos Moutzouris, Alfred Leitenstorfer, Harald Schnatz, Burghard Lipphardt, Gesine Grosche, and Florian Tauser  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 24, pp. 5872-5880 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.005872


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Abstract

We present a highly versatile approach to the application of femtosecond Er:fiber lasers in optical frequency metrology. Our concept relies on the implementation of two parallel amplifiers, seeded by a single master oscillator. With the comb spacing locked to a frequency of 100 MHz, we apply the output from the first amplifier to generate a feedback signal to achieve a simultaneous phase-lock for the comb offset frequency. The output of the independently configurable second amplifier enables precision frequency measurements in the visible and near-infrared. As a first application, we continuously measure the absolute frequency of a resonator-stabilized diode laser over a period of 88 hours.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: October 5, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 5, 2004
Published: November 29, 2004

Citation
Florian Adler, Konstantinos Moutzouris, Alfred Leitenstorfer, Harald Schnatz, Burghard Lipphardt, Gesine Grosche, and Florian Tauser, "Phase-locked two-branch erbium-doped fiber laser system for long-term precision measurements of optical frequencies," Opt. Express 12, 5872-5880 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-24-5872


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