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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 3155–3162

Optical frequency comb assisted laser system for multiplex precision spectroscopy

L. Consolino, G. Giusfredi, P. De Natale, M. Inguscio, and P. Cancio  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 3155-3162 (2011)

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A laser system composed of two lasers phase-locked onto an Optical Frequency Comb Synthesizer (OFCS), operating around 1083 nm, was developed. An absolute frequency precision of 6x10−13 at 1s, limited by the OFCS, was measured with a residual rms phase-noise of 71 mrad and 87 mrad for the two phase-locks, respectively. Multiplex spectroscopy on 1083 nm Helium transitions with this set-up is demonstrated. Generalization of this system to a larger number of OFCS assisted laser sources for wider frequency separations, even in other spectral regions, is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution

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Original Manuscript: October 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2010
Published: February 3, 2011

L. Consolino, G. Giusfredi, P. De Natale, M. Inguscio, and P. Cancio, "Optical frequency comb assisted laser system for multiplex precision spectroscopy," Opt. Express 19, 3155-3162 (2011)

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