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Progress toward a high-frequency comb with mode-locked lasers and sensor applications
Author(s): Ladan Arissian; Jean-Claude Diels
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Paper Abstract

There are numerous applications that require stabilization of mode-locked lasers. Mode-locked ring laser sensors have been demonstrated to have a sensitivity to rotation of the order of the rotation of the earth, and sensitivity to optical path changes of less than 0.01 Angstrom. These performances could be enhanced by several order of magnitude through stabilization. Stabilized and accurate femtosecond pulse trains have also applications in ultrafast communication, where there is a need to synchronize with subfemtosecond jitter independent sources. We have demonstrated stabilization on a short time scale of both the repetition rate and the average frequency of a mode-locked laser, using an ultra-low expansion quartz reference cavity. We will discuss techniques to extend the short term stabilization to long time scales, by locking the laser to atomic lines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 June 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4969, Laser Resonators and Beam Control VI, (25 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499270
Show Author Affiliations
Ladan Arissian, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Jean-Claude Diels, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4969:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control VI
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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