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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 16849–16860

Implementation and characterization of a stable optical frequency distribution system

Birgitta Bernhardt, Theodor W. Hänsch, and Ronald Holzwarth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 16849-16860 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.016849


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Abstract

An optical frequency distribution system has been developed that continuously delivers a stable optical frequency of 268 THz (corresponding to a wavelength of 1118 nm) to different experiments in our institute. For that purpose, a continuous wave (cw) fiber laser has been stabilized onto a frequency comb and distributed across the building by the use of a fiber network. While the light propagates through the fiber, acoustic and thermal effects counteract against the stability and accuracy of the system. However, by employing proper stabilization methods a stability of 2 x 10−13 τ-1/2 is achieved, limited by the available radio frequency (RF) reference. Furthermore, the issue of counter-dependant results of the Allan deviation was examined during the data evaluation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2009
Published: September 8, 2009

Citation
Birgitta Bernhardt, Theodor W. Hänsch, and Ronald Holzwarth, "Implementation and characterization of a stable optical frequency distribution system," Opt. Express 17, 16849-16860 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-19-16849


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