OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1005–1007

Robust laser frequency stabilization by serrodyne modulation

Ralf Kohlhaas, Thomas Vanderbruggen, Simon Bernon, Andrea Bertoldi, Arnaud Landragin, and Philippe Bouyer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1005-1007 (2012)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (265 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We report the relative frequency stabilization of a distributed feedback erbium-doped fiber laser on an optical cavity by serrodyne frequency shifting. A correction bandwidth of 2.3 MHz and a dynamic range of 220 MHz are achieved, which leads to a strong robustness against large disturbances up to high frequencies. We demonstrate that serrodyne frequency shifting reaches a higher correction bandwidth and lower relative frequency noise level compared to a standard acousto-optical modulator based scheme. Our results allow us to consider promising applications in the absolute frequency stabilization of lasers on optical cavities.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2012
Published: March 7, 2012

Ralf Kohlhaas, Thomas Vanderbruggen, Simon Bernon, Andrea Bertoldi, Arnaud Landragin, and Philippe Bouyer, "Robust laser frequency stabilization by serrodyne modulation," Opt. Lett. 37, 1005-1007 (2012)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. Y. Y. Jiang, A. D. Ludlow, N. D. Lemke, R. W. Fox, J. A. Sherman, L.-S. Ma, and C. W. Oates, Nat. Photon. 5, 158 (2011). [CrossRef]
  2. J. H. Chow, D. E. McClelland, and M. B. Gray, Opt. Lett. 30, 1923 (2005). [CrossRef]
  3. I. Zawischa, M. Brendel, K. Danzmann, C. Fallnich, M. Heurs, S. Nagano, V. Quetschke, H. Welling, and B. Willke, Classical Quantum Gravity 19, 1775 (2002). [CrossRef]
  4. P. Verlot, A. Tavernarakis, T. Briant, P.-F. Cohadon, and A. Heidmann, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 133602 (2010). [CrossRef]
  5. A. Bertoldi, S. Bernon, T. Vanderbruggen, A. Landragin, and P. Bouyer, Opt. Lett. 35, 3769 (2010). [CrossRef]
  6. J. L. Hall and T. W. Hänsch, Opt. Lett. 9, 502 (1984). [CrossRef]
  7. N. Ohmae, S. Moriwaki, and N. Mio, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 073105 (2010). [CrossRef]
  8. K. K. Wong, R. M. De La Rue, and S. Wright, Opt. Lett. 7, 546 (1982). [CrossRef]
  9. R. Houtz, C. Chan, and H. Müller, Opt. Express 17, 19235 (2009). [CrossRef]
  10. D. M. S. Johnson, J. M. Hogan, S.-W. Chiow, and M. A. Kasevich, Opt. Lett. 35, 745 (2010). [CrossRef]
  11. S. Bernon, T. Vanderbruggen, R. Kohlhaas, A. Bertoldi, A. Landragin, and P. Bouyer, New J. Phys. 13, 065021 (2011). [CrossRef]
  12. R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983). [CrossRef]
  13. D. M. S. Johnson, J. M. Hogan, S.-w. Chiow, and M. A. Kasevich, J. Lightwave Technol. 29, 666 (2011). [CrossRef]
  14. R. Geiger, V. Ménoret, G. Stern, N. Zahzam, P. Cheinet, B. Battelier, A. Villing, F. Moron, M. Lours, Y. Bidel, A. Bresson, A. Landragin, and P. Bouyer, Nat. Commun. 2, 474 (2011). [CrossRef]
  15. E. Mimoun, L. De Sarlo, J.-J. Zondy, J. Dalibard, and F. Gerbier, Opt. Express 16, 18684 (2008). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3.
Fig. 4.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited