We demonstrate experimentally, and describe theoretically, generation of a wide, fundamentally phase-locked Kerr frequency comb in a nonlinear resonator with a normal group velocity dispersion (GVD). A magnesium fluoride whispering-gallery mode resonator characterized with 10 GHz free spectral range and pumped either at 780 or 795 nm is used in the experiment. The envelope of the observed frequency comb differs significantly from the Kerr frequency comb spectra reported previously. We show via numerical simulation that, while the frequency comb does not correspond to generation of short optical pulses, the relative phase of the generated harmonics are fixed.
© 2014 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 17, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2014
Published: May 8, 2014
Wei Liang, Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Danny Eliyahu, David Seidel, Andrey B. Matsko, and Lute Maleki, "Generation of a coherent near-infrared Kerr frequency comb in a monolithic microresonator with normal GVD," Opt. Lett. 39, 2920-2923 (2014)