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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1668–1670

Locking the carrier-envelope-offset frequency of an optical parametric oscillator without f –2 f self-referencing

Teresa I. Ferreiro, Jinghua Sun, and Derryck T. Reid  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1668-1670 (2010)

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The carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency of pulses from a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) was stabilized for 30  min without the need for f–2f self-referencing in either the OPO or its pump laser. Interference between the high-frequency modes of the pump supercontinuum and the modes of the non-phase-matched pump + signal sum-frequency-mixing pulses provided the beat signal used for locking. The 3 dB bandwidth of the locked CEO-frequency was measured as 1.1 kHz , and the cumulative phase error recorded over 1  s was 0.38 rad , representing 1-order-of-magnitude improvement in comparison to previous results.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2010
Published: May 10, 2010

Teresa I. Ferreiro, Jinghua Sun, and Derryck T. Reid, "Locking the carrier-envelope-offset frequency of an optical parametric oscillator without f–2f self-referencing," Opt. Lett. 35, 1668-1670 (2010)

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