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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 278–280

Frequency stabilization for space-based missions using optical fiber interferometry

Terry G. McRae, Silvie Ngo, Daniel A. Shaddock, Magnus T. L. Hsu, and Malcolm B. Gray  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 3, pp. 278-280 (2013)

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We present measurement results for a laser frequency reference, implemented with an all-optical fiber Michelson interferometer, down to frequencies as low as 1 mHz. Optical fiber is attractive for space-based operations as it is physically robust, small and lightweight. The small free spectral range of fiber interferometers also provides the possibility to prestabilize two lasers on two distant spacecraft and ensures that the beatnote remains within the detector bandwidth. We demonstrate that these fiber interferometers are viable candidates for future laser-based gravity recovery and climate experiment missions requiring a stability of 30 Hz / Hz over a 10 mHz–1 Hz bandwidth.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 15, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 2012
Published: January 16, 2013

Terry G. McRae, Silvie Ngo, Daniel A. Shaddock, Magnus T. L. Hsu, and Malcolm B. Gray, "Frequency stabilization for space-based missions using optical fiber interferometry," Opt. Lett. 38, 278-280 (2013)

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