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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 26365–26372

Long-term maintenance of the carrier-envelope phase coherence of a femtosecond laser

Eok Bong Kim, Jae-hwan Lee, Won-Kyu Lee, Tran Trung Luu, and Chang Hee Nam  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 26365-26372 (2010)

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The long-term carrier-envelope phase (CEP) coherence of a femtosecond laser with same pulse-to-pulse CEP value, obtained using the direct locking method, is demonstrated by employing a quasi-common-path interferometer (QPI). For the evaluation of the CEP stability, the phase noise properties of a femtosecond laser with the CEP stabilized using a QPI are compared with those obtained using a Mach-Zehnder f-2f interferometer, for which the phase power spectral density and the Allan deviation were calculated from the beat signals of the interferometers. With the improved CEP stability, the long-term CEP coherent signal with an accumulated phase noise well below 1 radian can be maintained for more than 56 hours, i.e., the CEP coherence is preserved without a phase cycle slip for more than 1.6 × 1013 pulses at a repetition rate of 80 MHz. The relative stability is also estimated to be approximately 1.4 × 10−22 at a central wavelength of 790 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2010
Published: December 1, 2010

Eok Bong Kim, Jae-hwan Lee, Won-Kyu Lee, Tran Trung Luu, and Chang Hee Nam, "Long-term maintenance of the carrier-envelope phase coherence of a femtosecond laser," Opt. Express 18, 26365-26372 (2010)

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