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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 13 — Jun. 26, 2006
  • pp: 5968–5974

Absolute length calibration of gauge blocks using optical comb of a femtosecond pulse laser

Jonghan Jin, Young-Jin Kim, Yunseok Kim, Seung-Woo Kim, and Chu-Shik Kang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 13, pp. 5968-5974 (2006)

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We report an exploitation of the optical comb of a femtosecond pulse laser as the wavelength ruler for the task of absolute length calibration of gauge blocks. To that end, the optical comb was stabilized to the Rb clock of frequency standard and an optical frequency synthesizer was constructed by tuning an external single-frequency laser to the optical comb. The absolute height of gauge blocks was measured by means of multiwavelength interferometry using multiple beams of different wavelengths consecutively provided by the optical frequency synthesizer. The wavelength uncertainty was measured 1.9×10-10 that leads to an overall calibration uncertainty of 15 nm (k=1) in determining the absolute length of gauge blocks.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2830) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Height measurements
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 24, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 13, 2006
Published: June 26, 2006

Jonghan Jin, Young-Jin Kim, Yunseok Kim, Seung-Woo Kim, and Chu-Shik Kang, "Absolute length calibration of gauge blocks using optical comb of a femtosecond pulse laser," Opt. Express 14, 5968-5974 (2006)

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