We compared two methods for measuring large optical frequency differences: an optical frequency comb generator, which creates a large number of sidebands from a single-mode laser through electro-optic modulation, and an optical frequency interval divider chain, which divides a frequency gap successively by two until it becomes accessible to a radio-frequency counter. By locking two diode lasers to two modulation sidebands of a comb generator, ∼1 THz apart, and measuring this interval with a chain of four phase-locked interval dividers, we demonstrate for the first time to our knowledge the accuracy of both techniques within an experimental limit of 6.8 × 10-15.
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Th. Udem, J. Reichert, T. W. Hänsch, and M. Kourogi, "Accuracy of optical frequency comb generators and optical frequency interval divider chains," Opt. Lett. 23, 1387-1389 (1998)