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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2270–2272

Optical frequency transfer via 146 km fiber link with 10 19 relative accuracy

G. Grosche, O. Terra, K. Predehl, R. Holzwarth, B. Lipphardt, F. Vogt, U. Sterr, and H. Schnatz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2270-2272 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002270


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Abstract

We demonstrate the long-distance transmission of an ultrastable optical frequency derived directly from a state-of-the-art optical frequency standard. Using an active stabilization system we deliver the frequency via a 146 - km -long underground fiber link with a fractional instability of 3 × 10 15 at 1 s , which is close to the theoretical limit for our transfer experiment. After 30,000 s , the relative uncertainty for the transfer is at the level of 1 × 10 19 . Tests with a very short fiber show that noise in our stabilization system contributes fluctuations that are 2 orders of magnitude lower, namely, 3 × 10 17 at 1 s , reaching 10 20 after 4000 s .

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: March 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2009
Published: July 20, 2009

Citation
G. Grosche, O. Terra, K. Predehl, R. Holzwarth, B. Lipphardt, F. Vogt, U. Sterr, and H. Schnatz, "Optical frequency transfer via 146 km fiber link with 10−19 relative accuracy," Opt. Lett. 34, 2270-2272 (2009)
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