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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3574–3577

Closed-loop locking of an optical frequency comb to a large ring laser

K. U. Schreiber, A. Gebauer, and J.-P. R. Wells  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 18, pp. 3574-3577 (2013)

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We report on the frequency locking of a 16m2 ring laser to a single tooth of an optical frequency comb referenced to a hydrogen maser, obtaining a frequency stability of 1 kHz over several days. In common mode operation, where the counterpropagating laser beams run on the same longitudinal mode index, a sensitivity to rotation of 3×109 relative to Earth’s rotation is obtained. To test a proposal to bypass time-varying backscatter-induced readout errors in large ring laser gyroscopes, we have operated the laser on adjacent longitudinal cavity modes. The Sagnac frequency due to Earth’s rotation obtained in this fashion was strongly influenced by atmospheric pressure changes because the counterpropagating beams within the cavity are affected differently by geometric cavity fluctuations.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5790) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Sagnac effect
(140.3370) Lasers and laser optics : Laser gyroscopes
(140.3560) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ring

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2013
Published: September 9, 2013

K. U. Schreiber, A. Gebauer, and J.-P. R. Wells, "Closed-loop locking of an optical frequency comb to a large ring laser," Opt. Lett. 38, 3574-3577 (2013)

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