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Locking and laser-frequency tracking of a microsphere whispering-gallery mode
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Paper Abstract

We report advances in compression tuning of fused-silica microsphere whispering-gallery resonances and a practical use of the improved compression tuner. The advances include extending the tuning range and enhancing the tuner’s response speed; these lead to the new application of using the tuner to lock to a laser, keeping a single whispering-gallery mode on resonance as the laser frequency is scanned. The resonance frequency of the mode to be locked is weakly modulated by axial compression of the microsphere, and phase-sensitive detection of the fiber-coupled optical throughput is used for locking. Using a laser wavelength of either 1570 nm or 830 nm, we demonstrate a locked tracking range exceeding 30 GHz for a microsphere of 120 GHz free spectral range. The improved tuner design that makes this application possible allows coarse tuning over 1 THz and piezoelectric tuning over 80 GHz. Compression modulation rates of up to 13 kHz have also been achieved with this tuner, producing a tuning speed of at least 16 GHz/ms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4270, Laser Resonators IV, (24 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424662
Show Author Affiliations
Jeromy P. Rezac, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)
Albert T. Rosenberger, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4270:
Laser Resonators IV
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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