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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2004
  • pp: 1683–1685

Direct frequency comb generation from an octave-spanning, prismless Ti:sapphire laser

L. Matos, D. Kleppner, O. Kuzucu, T. R. Schibli, J. Kim, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kaertner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 14, pp. 1683-1685 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.001683


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Abstract

We describe a self-referenced optical frequency comb generator based on an octave-spanning, prismless Ti:sapphire laser. Dispersion compensation is provided by novel double-chirped mirror pairs and BaF<sub>2</sub> wedges. Current versions operate at 80 and 150 MHz. The compact prismless design allows system scaling to a gigahertz repetition rate. Its carrier-envelope beat note is intrinsically stable with a signal-to-noise ratio of 30 dB in a 100-kHz bandwidth. The octave is reached at 25 dB below the average power level. The in-loop accumulated phase error is 1.4 rad (20 mHz to 1 MHz). The technique has the advantages of simplicity and stability compared with previous designs.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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L. Matos, D. Kleppner, O. Kuzucu, T. R. Schibli, J. Kim, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kaertner, "Direct frequency comb generation from an octave-spanning, prismless Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 29, 1683-1685 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-14-1683


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