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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 6 — Mar. 21, 2005
  • pp: 1958–1965

Frequency measurement of acetylene-stabilized lasers using a femtosecond optical comb without carrier-envelope offset frequency control

Jie Jiang, Atsushi Onae, Hirokazu Matsumoto, and Feng-Lei Hong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 6, pp. 1958-1965 (2005)

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We have established a frequency measurement system for frequency-stabilized lasers operating in telecommunication wavelength bands, by using a femtosecond optical comb without the need for carrier envelope offset frequency control. This system has been used to measure the frequency of an acetylene-stabilized laser operating at 1542 nm for a period of over 10 hours. The frequency stability of the acetylene-stabilized laser is estimated to be 3×10-12 for a 10-s averaging time, improving toward 1×10-13 after 10000 s. We have measured three acetylene-stabilized lasers, including one commercially available laser, and confirmed that the frequency values are in good agreement (a frequency scatter of 2.1 kHz) with previously measured results reported by different institutes. In addition to the P(16) line of acetylene at 1542 nm, we measured the absolute frequencies of the P(24) line at 1547 nm, the P(1) line at 1534 nm, and the R(5) line at 1530 nm with a view to improving the accuracy of the acetylene frequency atlas. The acetylene-stabilized laser serves as an important optical frequency standard for telecommunication applications.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2005
Published: March 21, 2005

Jie Jiang, Atsushi Onae, Hirokazu Matsumoto, and Feng-Lei Hong, "Frequency measurement of acetylene-stabilized lasers using a femtosecond optical comb without carrier-envelope offset frequency control," Opt. Express 13, 1958-1965 (2005)

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