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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17615–17624

Parametric seeding of a microresonator optical frequency comb

Scott B. Papp, Pascal Del’Haye, and Scott A. Diddams  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17615-17624 (2013)

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We have investigated parametric seeding of a microresonator frequency comb (microcomb) by way of a pump laser with two electro-optic-modulation sidebands. We show that the pump-sideband spacing is precisely replicated throughout the microcomb’s optical spectrum, and we demonstrate a record absolute line-spacing stability for microcombs of 1.6 × 10−13 at 1 s. The spectrum of a microcomb is complex, and often non-equidistant subcombs are observed. Our results demonstrate that parametric seeding can not only control the subcombs, but can lead to the generation of a strictly equidistant microcomb spectrum.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: May 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2013
Published: July 16, 2013

Scott B. Papp, Pascal Del’Haye, and Scott A. Diddams, "Parametric seeding of a microresonator optical frequency comb," Opt. Express 21, 17615-17624 (2013)

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