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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2011
  • pp: 4399–4404

Beat note stabilization of a 10–60 GHz dual-polarization microlaser through optical down conversion

A. Rolland, M. Brunel, G. Loas, L. Frein, M. Vallet, and M. Alouini  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 4399-4404 (2011)

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Down-conversion of a high-frequency beat note to an intermediate frequency is realized by a Mach-Zehnder intensity modulator. Optically-carried microwave signals in the 10–60 GHz range are synthesized by using a two-frequency solid-state microchip laser as a voltage-controlled oscillator inside a digital phase-locked loop. We report an in-loop relative frequency stability better than 2.5 × 10−11. The principle is applicable to beat notes in the millimeter-wave range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2011
Published: February 22, 2011

A. Rolland, M. Brunel, G. Loas, L. Frein, M. Vallet, and M. Alouini, "Beat note stabilization of a 10–60 GHz dual-polarization microlaser through optical down conversion," Opt. Express 19, 4399-4404 (2011)

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