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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 14 — Jul. 5, 2010
  • pp: 14905–14912

Optoelectronic oscillator stabilized to an intra-loop Fabry-Perot cavity by a dual servo system

Jang Myun Kim and D. Cho  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14905-14912 (2010)

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We report construction and characterization of an optoelectronic oscillator (OEO), which is stabilized to an intra-loop Fabry-Perot cavity by a dual servo system. In addition to providing strong mode selection and increasing the Q factor by adding significant loop length, the cavity serves as a stable frequency reference. In order to fully exploit the stability we employ a dual servo system. Carrier frequency is locked to the cavity mode by using Pound-Drever-Hall technique. The OEO loop length is adjusted by comparing the phase difference between the carrier-sideband beat signals at upstream and downstream sides of the cavity so that the OEO mode spacing is commensurate with the free spectral range of the cavity. This dual servo system and additional stabilizations of the seed laser frequency to a cesium transition and the laser power result in an order of magnitude improvement in OEO frequency stability over a previous work using a free-running Fabry-Perot cavity. Long term Allan deviation of the OEO is 6 × 10 8 . It represents 4 × 10 4 of the cavity resonance linewidth. We also discuss possibility of relating the OEO frequency to an atomic transition as an absolute frequency reference.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(230.4910) Optical devices : Oscillators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2010
Published: June 28, 2010

Jang Myun Kim and D. Cho, "Optoelectronic oscillator stabilized to an intra-loop Fabry-Perot cavity by a dual servo system," Opt. Express 18, 14905-14912 (2010)

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