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Optical frequency stabilization in infrared region using improved dual feed-back loop
Author(s): B. Ružička; O. Číp; J. Lazar
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Paper Abstract

Modern technologies such as DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplex) need precise stability of laser frequencies. According to this fact, requirements of new etalons of optical frequencies in the telecommunication band is rapidly growing. Lasers working in near infrared telecommunication band (1500-1600 nm) can be stabilized to 12C2H2 or 13C2H2 (acetylene) gas absorption lines. The acetylene gas absorption has been widely studied and accepted by international bodies of standardization as a primary wavelength reference in the near infrared band around 1550 nm. Our aim was to design and develop a compact fibre optics laser system generating coherent light in near-IR band with high frequency stability (at least 1.10-8). This system should become a base for realization of a primary frequency standard for optical communications in the Czech Republic. Such an etalon will be needed for calibration of wavelengthmeters and spectral analysers for DWDM communication systems. We are co-operating with CMI (Czech Metrology Institute) on this project. We present stabilized laser system based on a single frequency DFB (Distributed Feedback) laser diode with a narrow spectral profile. The laser is pre-stabilized by means of the FM-spectroscopy on a passive resonator. Thanks to a fast feed-back loop we are able to improve spectral characteristics of the laser. The laser frequency is locked by a relatively slow second feed-back loop on an absorption line of acetylene vapour which is sealed in a cell under the optimised pressure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6606, Advanced Laser Technologies 2006, 660604 (25 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.729500
Show Author Affiliations
B. Ružička, Institute of Scientific Instruments (Czech Republic)
O. Číp, Institute of Scientific Instruments (Czech Republic)
J. Lazar, Institute of Scientific Instruments (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6606:
Advanced Laser Technologies 2006
Dan C. Dumitras; Maria Dinescu; Vitally I. Konov, Editor(s)

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