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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 27043–27056

Robust, frequency-stable and accurate mid-IR laser spectrometer based on frequency comb metrology of quantum cascade lasers up-converted in orientation-patterned GaAs

Michael G. Hansen, Ingo Ernsting, Sergey V. Vasilyev, Arnaud Grisard, Eric Lallier, Bruno Gérard, and Stephan Schiller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 27043-27056 (2013)

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We demonstrate a robust and simple method for measurement, stabilization and tuning of the frequency of cw mid-infrared (MIR) lasers, in particular of quantum cascade lasers. The proof of principle is performed with a quantum cascade laser at 5.4 µm, which is upconverted to 1.2 µm by sum-frequency generation in orientation-patterned GaAs with the output of a standard high-power cw 1.5 µm fiber laser. Both the 1.2 µm and the 1.5 µm waves are measured by a standard Er:fiber frequency comb. Frequency measurement at the 100 kHz-level, stabilization to sub-10 kHz level, controlled frequency tuning and long-term stability are demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(140.5965) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers, quantum cascade

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2013
Published: October 31, 2013

Michael G. Hansen, Ingo Ernsting, Sergey V. Vasilyev, Arnaud Grisard, Eric Lallier, Bruno Gérard, and Stephan Schiller, "Robust, frequency-stable and accurate mid-IR laser spectrometer based on frequency comb metrology of quantum cascade lasers up-converted in orientation-patterned GaAs," Opt. Express 21, 27043-27056 (2013)

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