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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 1 — Jan. 7, 2008
  • pp: 258–264

A wide-range optical frequency generator based on the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser

Young-Jin Kim, Jonghan Jin, Yunseok Kim, Sangwon Hyun, and Seung-Woo Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 258-264 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.000258


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Abstract

A precise way of optical frequency generation is demonstrated with direct use of the frequency comb of a mode-locked femtosecond laser. Only a single mode is extracted at a time on demand from the frequency comb through a composite filtering scheme and then amplified by means of optical injection locking with extremely low background noise. Generated output signals are found to preserve not only the narrow linewidths of the selected individual modes but also the absolute frequency positions of the original comb over a wide spectral range. These outstanding performances of optical frequency generation could find applications in high precision spectroscopy, frequency calibration, and length metrology.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 2007
Published: January 3, 2008

Citation
Young-Jin Kim, Jonghan Jin, Yunseok Kim, Sangwon Hyun, and Seung-Woo Kim, "A wide-range optical frequency generator based on the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser," Opt. Express 16, 258-264 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-1-258


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