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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2545–2548

Eavesdropping time and frequency: phase noise cancellation along a time-varying path, such as an optical fiber

Gesine Grosche  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 2545-2548 (2014)

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Single-mode optical fiber is a highly efficient connecting medium used not only for optical telecommunications but also for the dissemination of ultrastable frequencies or timing signals. Ma et al. [Opt. Lett. 19, 1777 (1994)] described a measurement and control system to deliver the same optical frequency at two places, namely the two ends of a fiber, by eliminating the “fiber-induced phase-noise modulation, which corrupts high-precision frequency-based applications.” I present a simple detection and control scheme to deliver the same optical frequency at many places anywhere along a transmission path, or in its vicinity, with a relative instability of 1 part in 1019. The same idea applies to radio frequency and timing signals. This considerably simplifies future efforts to make precise timing or frequency signals available to many users, as required in some large-scale science experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2014
Published: April 17, 2014

Gesine Grosche, "Eavesdropping time and frequency: phase noise cancellation along a time-varying path, such as an optical fiber," Opt. Lett. 39, 2545-2548 (2014)

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