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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2004
  • pp: 250–252

Phase-locked, erbium-fiber-laser-based frequency comb in the near infrared

Brian R. Washburn, Scott A. Diddams, Nathan R. Newbury, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, Man F. Yan, and Carsten G. Jrgensen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 250-252 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.000250


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Abstract

A phase-locked frequency comb in the near infrared is demonstrated with a mode-locked, erbium-doped, fiber laser whose output is amplified and spectrally broadened in dispersion-flattened, highly nonlinear optical fiber to span from 1100 to >2200 nm . The supercontinuum output comprises a frequency comb with a spacing set by the laser repetition rate and an offset by the carrier-envelope offset frequency, which is detected with the standard f-to- 2f heterodyne technique. The comb spacing and offset frequency are phase locked to a stable rf signal with a fiber stretcher in the laser cavity and by control of the pump laser power, respectively. This infrared comb permits frequency metrology experiments in the near infrared in a compact, fiber-laser-based system.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

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Brian R. Washburn, Scott A. Diddams, Nathan R. Newbury, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, Man F. Yan, and Carsten G. Jrgensen, "Phase-locked, erbium-fiber-laser-based frequency comb in the near infrared," Opt. Lett. 29, 250-252 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-3-250


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