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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2011
  • pp: 4776–4778

High-performance iodine fiber frequency standard

Anna Lurie, Fred N. Baynes, James D. Anstie, Philip S. Light, Fetah Benabid, Thomas M. Stace, and Andre N. Luiten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 24, pp. 4776-4778 (2011)

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We have constructed a compact and robust optical frequency standard based around iodine vapor loaded into the core of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF). A 532nm laser was frequency locked to one hyperfine component of the R(56) 32-0 I1272 transition using modulation transfer spectroscopy. The stabilized laser demonstrated a frequency stability of 2.3×1012 at 1s, almost an order of magnitude better than previously reported for a laser stabilized to a gas-filled HC-PCF. This limit is set by the shot noise in the detection system. We present a discussion of the current limitations to the performance and a route to improve the performance by more than an order of magnitude.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6460) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, saturation
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

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Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2011
Published: December 14, 2011

Anna Lurie, Fred N. Baynes, James D. Anstie, Philip S. Light, Fetah Benabid, Thomas M. Stace, and Andre N. Luiten, "High-performance iodine fiber frequency standard," Opt. Lett. 36, 4776-4778 (2011)

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