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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2013
  • pp: 2122–2124

Two-color rubidium fiber frequency standard

C. Perrella, P. S. Light, J. D. Anstie, F. N. Baynes, F. Benabid, and A. N. Luiten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 2122-2124 (2013)

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We demonstrate an optical frequency standard based on rubidium vapor loaded within a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber. We use the S1/25D5/25 two-photon transition, excited with two lasers at 780 and 776 nm. The sum-frequency of these lasers is stabilized to this transition using modulation transfer spectroscopy, demonstrating a fractional frequency stability of 9.8×1012 at 1 s. The current performance limitations are presented, along with a path to improving the performance by an order of magnitude. This technique will deliver a compact, robust standard with potential applications in commercial and industrial environments.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2013
Published: June 11, 2013

C. Perrella, P. S. Light, J. D. Anstie, F. N. Baynes, F. Benabid, and A. N. Luiten, "Two-color rubidium fiber frequency standard," Opt. Lett. 38, 2122-2124 (2013)

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