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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 19185–19193

Dual-mode temperature compensation technique for laser stabilization to a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator

I. Fescenko, J. Alnis, A. Schliesser, C. Y. Wang, T. J. Kippenberg, and T. W. Hänsch  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 19185-19193 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.019185


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Abstract

Frequency stabilization of a diode laser locked to a whispering gallery mode (WGM) reference resonator made of a MgF2 single crystal is demonstrated. The strong thermal dependence of the difference frequency between two orthogonally polarized TE an TM modes (dual-mode frequency) of the optically anisotropic crystal material allows sensitive measurement of the resonator’s temperature within the optical mode volume. This dual-mode signal was used as feedback for self-referenced temperature stabilization to nanokelvin precision, resulting in frequency stability of 0.3 MHz/h at 972 nm, which was measured by comparing with an independent ultrastable laser.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: June 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2012
Published: August 6, 2012

Citation
I. Fescenko, J. Alnis, A. Schliesser, C. Y. Wang, T. J. Kippenberg, and T. W. Hänsch, "Dual-mode temperature compensation technique for laser stabilization to a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator," Opt. Express 20, 19185-19193 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-17-19185


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