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  1. Difference-frequency combs in cold atom physics

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    Kliese, Russell; Puppe, Thomas; Rohde, Felix; Sell, Alexander; Zach, Armin; Leisching, Patrick; Kaenders, Wilhelm; Keegan, Niamh C; Bounds, Alistair D; Bridge, Elizabeth M; Leonard, Jack; Adams, Charles S; Cornish, Simon L; Jones, Matthew P A

    2016-01-01

    Optical frequency combs provide the clockwork to relate optical frequencies to radio frequencies. Hence, combs allow to measure optical frequencies with respect to a radio frequency where the accuracy is limited only by the reference signal. In order to provide a stable link between the radio and optical frequencies, the two parameters of the frequency comb must be fixed: the carrier envelope offset frequency $f_{\\rm ceo}$ and the pulse repetition-rate $f_{\\rm rep}$. We have developed the first optical frequency comb based on difference frequency generation (DFG) that eliminates $f_{\\rm ceo}$ by design - specifically tailored for applications in cold atom physics. An $f_{\\rm ceo}$-free spectrum at 1550 nm is generated from a super continuum spanning more than an optical octave. Established amplification and frequency conversion techniques based on reliable telecom fiber technology allow generation of multiple wavelength outputs. In this paper we discuss the frequency comb design, characterization, and optical...

  2. Resonance interaction between cold Rb atoms and a frequency comb

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    Full text: A long life time of atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) makes it a powerful tool to study interactions with optical fields processing small cross sections. Since the life time in MOT can reach a few seconds, even processes with characteristic rates of 1 -s1 can be easily analyzed if they result in losses of trapped atoms. We have investigated the interaction of laser-cooled 87Rb atoms in a MOT with a femtosecond (fs) laser radiation in the spectral region 760-820 nm. We show that in a wide range of average intensities of the fs laser field (2) the dominating process is the cascade ionization. In this case the femtosecond radiation interacts with the atomic ensemble both as spectrally-narrow components (a frequency comb) and as a powerful ionizing laser field. Atoms excited by a single mode of a frequency comb from the 5P3/2(F = 3) to the 5D5/2(F = 2, 3, 4) hyperfine sublevels are consequently ionized by a full power of the fs laser from the 5D level to the continuum. By tuning the repetition rate frep of the fs laser we observe the periodic spectrum in the MOT luminescence at 780 nm (the cooling transition) reproducing the hyperfine structure of the 5D level. We have quantitatively analyzed the ionization of the 5D5/2 level by monitoring the loading rate of the MOT at different powers of the fs laser radiation using an auxiliary cw laser locked to the 5P3/2(F = 3) → 5D5/2(F = 4) at 776 nm. A sensitive method allowing accurate determination of the 5/2 5D level population is developed. (author)

  3. Kilohertz-resolution spectroscopy of cold atoms with an optical frequency comb

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    Fortier, T M; Stalnaker, J E; Ortega, D; Diddams, S A; Oates, C W; Hollberg, L

    2006-01-01

    We have performed sub-Doppler spectroscopy on the narrow intercombination line of cold calcium atoms using the amplified output of a femtosecond laser frequency comb. Injection locking of a 657-nm diode laser with a femtosecond comb allows for two regimes of amplification, one in which many lines of the comb are amplified, and one where a single line is predominantly amplified. The output of the laser in both regimes was used to perform kilohertz-level spectroscopy. This experiment demonstrates the potential for high-resolution absolute-frequency spectroscopy over the entire spectrum of the frequency comb output using a single high-finesse optical reference cavity.

  4. Kilohertz-resolution spectroscopy of cold atoms with an optical frequency comb.

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    Fortier, T M; Coq, Y Le; Stalnaker, J E; Ortega, D; Diddams, S A; Oates, C W; Hollberg, L

    2006-10-20

    We have performed sub-Doppler spectroscopy on the narrow intercombination line of cold calcium atoms using the amplified output of a femtosecond laser frequency comb. Injection locking of a 657-nm diode laser with a femtosecond comb allows for two regimes of amplification, one in which many lines of the comb are amplified, and one where a single line is predominantly amplified. The output of the laser in both regimes was used to perform kilohertz-level spectroscopy. This experiment demonstrates the potential for high-resolution absolute-frequency spectroscopy over the entire spectrum of the frequency comb output using a single high-finesse optical reference cavity. PMID:17155398

  5. Kilohertz-resolution spectroscopy of cold atoms with an optical frequency comb

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    Fortier, T. M.; Coq, Y Le; Stalnaker, J. E.; Ortega, D.; Diddams, S. A.; Oates, C. W.; Hollberg, L.

    2006-01-01

    We have performed sub-Doppler spectroscopy on the narrow intercombination line of cold calcium atoms using the amplified output of a femtosecond laser frequency comb. Injection locking of a 657-nm diode laser with a femtosecond comb allows for two regimes of amplification, one in which many lines of the comb are amplified, and one where a single line is predominantly amplified. The output of the laser in both regimes was used to perform kilohertz-level spectroscopy. This experiment demonstrat...

  6. Generation of high-frequency combs locked to atomic resonances by quantum phase modulation

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    Liu, Zuoye; Cavaletto, Stefano M; Harman, Zoltán; Keitel, Christoph H; Pfeifer, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    A general mechanism for the generation of frequency combs referenced to atomic resonances is put forward. The mechanism is based on the periodic phase control of a quantum system's dipole response. We develop an analytic description of the comb spectral structure, depending on both the atomic and the phase-control properties. We further suggest an experimental implementation of our scheme: Generating a frequency comb in the soft-x-ray spectral region, which can be realized with currently available techniques and radiation sources. The universality of this mechanism allows the generalization of frequency-comb technology to arbitrary frequencies, including the hard-x-ray regime by using reference transitions in highly charged ions.

  7. Phase Coherent Link of an Atomic Clock to a Self-Referenced Microresonator Frequency Comb

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    Del'Haye, Pascal; Fortier, Tara; Beha, Katja; Cole, Daniel C; Yang, Ki Youl; Lee, Hansuek; Vahala, Kerry J; Papp, Scott B; Diddams, Scott A

    2015-01-01

    The counting and control of optical cycles of light has become common with modelocked laser frequency combs. But even with advances in laser technology, modelocked laser combs remain bulk-component devices that are hand-assembled. In contrast, a frequency comb based on the Kerr-nonlinearity in a dielectric microresonator will enable frequency comb functionality in a micro-fabricated and chip-integrated package suitable for use in a wide-range of environments. Such an advance will significantly impact fields ranging from spectroscopy and trace gas sensing, to astronomy, communications, atomic time keeping and photonic data processing. Yet in spite of the remarkable progress shown over the past years, microresonator frequency combs ("microcombs") have still been without the key function of direct f-2f self-referencing and phase-coherent frequency control that will be critical for enabling their full potential. Here we realize these missing elements using a low-noise 16.4 GHz silicon chip microcomb that is coher...

  8. Modeling Frequency Comb Sources

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    Li Feng

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Frequency comb sources have revolutionized metrology and spectroscopy and found applications in many fields. Stable, low-cost, high-quality frequency comb sources are important to these applications. Modeling of the frequency comb sources will help the understanding of the operation mechanism and optimization of the design of such sources. In this paper,we review the theoretical models used and recent progress of the modeling of frequency comb sources.

  9. Mid-infrared frequency combs

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    Schliesser, Albert; Hänsch, Theodor W

    2012-01-01

    Laser frequency combs are coherent light sources that emit a broad spectrum consisting of discrete, evenly spaced narrow lines, each having an absolute frequency measurable within the accuracy of an atomic clock. Their development, a decade ago, in the near-infrared and visible domains has revolutionized frequency metrology with numerous windfalls into other fields such as astronomy or attosecond science. Extension of frequency comb techniques to the mid-infrared spectral region is now under exploration. Versatile mid-infrared frequency comb generators, based on novel laser gain media, nonlinear frequency conversion or microresonators, promise to significantly expand the tree of applications of frequency combs. In particular, novel approaches to molecular spectroscopy in the fingerprint region, with dramatically improved precision, sensitivity, recording time and/or spectral bandwidth may spark off new discoveries in the various fields relevant to molecular sciences.

  10. On Frequency Combs in Monolithic Resonators

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    Savchenkov A. A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical frequency combs have become indispensable in astronomical measurements, biological fingerprinting, optical metrology, and radio frequency photonic signal generation. Recently demonstrated microring resonator-based Kerr frequency combs point the way towards chip scale optical frequency comb generator retaining major properties of the lab scale devices. This technique is promising for integrated miniature radiofrequency and microwave sources, atomic clocks, optical references and femtosecond pulse generators. Here we present Kerr frequency comb development in a historical perspective emphasizing its similarities and differences with other physical phenomena. We elucidate fundamental principles and describe practical implementations of Kerr comb oscillators, highlighting associated solved and unsolved problems.

  11. Prospects for precision measurements of atomic helium using direct frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Eyler, E E; Stowe, Matthew C; Thorpe, Michael J; Schibli, T R; Ye, Jun

    2007-01-01

    We analyze several possibilities for precisely measuring electronic transitions in atomic helium by the direct use of phase-stabilized femtosecond frequency combs. Because the comb is self-calibrating and can be shifted into the ultraviolet spectral region via harmonic generation, it offers the prospect of greatly improved accuracy for UV and far-UV transitions. To take advantage of this accuracy an ultracold helium sample is needed. For measurements of the triplet spectrum a magneto-optical trap (MOT) can be used to cool and trap metastable $2 ^3S$ state atoms. We analyze schemes for measuring the two-photon $2 ^3S \\to 4 ^3S$ interval, and for resonant two-photon excitation to high Rydberg states, $2 ^3S \\to 3 ^3P \\to n^3S,D$. We also analyze experiments on the singlet-state spectrum. To accomplish this we propose schemes for producing and trapping ultracold helium in the $1 ^1S$ or $2 ^1S$ state via intercombination transition. A particularly intriguing scenario is the possibility of direct singlet state sp...

  12. Prospects for precision measurements of atomic helium using direct frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Eyler, E.E.; Chieda, D.E. [Connecticut Univ., Physics Dept., Storrs, CT (United States); Stowe, M.C.; Thorpe, M.J.; Schibli, T.R.; Ye, J. [Colorado Univ., Dept. of Physics, JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States)

    2008-06-15

    We analyze several possibilities for precisely measuring electronic transitions in atomic helium by the direct use of phase-stabilized femtosecond frequency combs. Because the comb is self-calibrating and can be shifted into the ultraviolet spectral region via harmonic generation, it offers the prospect of greatly improved accuracy for UV and far-UV transitions. To take advantage of this accuracy an ultracold helium sample is needed. For measurements of the triplet spectrum a magneto-optical trap (MOT) can be used to cool and trap metastable 2{sup 3}S state atoms. We analyze schemes for measuring the two-photon 2{sup 3}S {yields} 4{sup 3}S interval, and for resonant two-photon excitation to high Rydberg states, 2{sup 3}S {yields} 3{sup 3}P {yields} n{sup 3}S, D. We also analyze experiments on the singlet-state spectrum. To accomplish this we propose schemes for producing and trapping ultracold helium in the 1{sup 1}S or 2{sup 1}S state via intercombination transitions. A particularly intriguing scenario is the possibility of measuring the 1{sup 1}S {yields} 2{sup 1}S transition with extremely high accuracy by use of two-photon excitation in a magic wavelength trap that operates identically for both states. We predict a 'triple magic wavelength' at 412 nm that could facilitate numerous experiments on trapped helium atoms, because here the polarizabilities of the 1{sup 1}S, 2{sup 1}S and 2{sup 3}S states are all similar, small, and positive. (authors)

  13. Octave Spanning Frequency Comb on a Chip

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    Del'Haye, P; Gavartin, E; Holzwarth, R; Kippenberg, T J

    2009-01-01

    Optical frequency combs have revolutionized the field of frequency metrology within the last decade and have become enabling tools for atomic clocks, gas sensing and astrophysical spectrometer calibration. The rapidly increasing number of applications has heightened interest in more compact comb generators. Optical microresonator based comb generators bear promise in this regard. Critical to their future use as 'frequency markers', is however the absolute frequency stabilization of the optical comb spectrum. A powerful technique for this stabilization is self-referencing, which requires a spectrum that spans a full octave, i.e. a factor of two in frequency. In the case of mode locked lasers, overcoming the limited bandwidth has become possible only with the advent of photonic crystal fibres for supercontinuum generation. Here, we report for the first time the generation of an octave-spanning frequency comb directly from a toroidal microresonator on a silicon chip. The comb spectrum covers the wavelength range...

  14. Frequency comb transferred by surface plasmon resonance

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    Geng, Xiao Tao; Chun, Byung Jae; Seo, Ji Hoon; Seo, Kwanyong; Yoon, Hana; Kim, Dong-Eon; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seungchul

    2016-01-01

    Frequency combs, millions of narrow-linewidth optical modes referenced to an atomic clock, have shown remarkable potential in time/frequency metrology, atomic/molecular spectroscopy and precision LIDARs. Applications have extended to coherent nonlinear Raman spectroscopy of molecules and quantum metrology for entangled atomic qubits. Frequency combs will create novel possibilities in nano-photonics and plasmonics; however, its interrelation with surface plasmons is unexplored despite the important role that plasmonics plays in nonlinear spectroscopy and quantum optics through the manipulation of light on a subwavelength scale. Here, we demonstrate that a frequency comb can be transformed to a plasmonic comb in plasmonic nanostructures and reverted to the original frequency comb without noticeable degradation of quantum metrology and subwavelength photonic circuits. PMID:26898307

  15. Direct frequency comb laser cooling and trapping

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    Jayich, A M; Campbell, W C

    2016-01-01

    Continuous wave (CW) lasers are the enabling technology for producing ultracold atoms and molecules through laser cooling and trapping. The resulting pristine samples of slow moving particles are the de facto starting point for both fundamental and applied science when a highly-controlled quantum system is required. Laser cooled atoms have recently led to major advances in quantum information, the search to understand dark energy, quantum chemistry, and quantum sensors. However, CW laser technology currently limits laser cooling and trapping to special types of elements that do not include highly abundant and chemically relevant atoms such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. Here, we demonstrate that Doppler cooling and trapping by optical frequency combs may provide a route to trapped, ultracold atoms whose spectra are not amenable to CW lasers. We laser cool a gas of atoms by driving a two-photon transition with an optical frequency comb, an efficient process to which every comb tooth coherently cont...

  16. Optical frequency combs generated mechanically

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    Sumetsky, M

    2016-01-01

    It is shown that a highly equidistant optical frequency comb can be generated by the parametric excitation of an optical bottle microresonator with nanoscale effective radius variation by its natural mechanical vibrations.

  17. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Villares, Gustavo; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2015-01-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100 mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm$^{-1}$ in the mid-infrared. In the THz range, 10 mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of th...

  18. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Villares, Gustavo; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2016-06-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm-1 in the mid-infrared region. In the THz range, 10mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of the very short upper state lifetime of the gain medium, the mode proliferation in these sources arises from four-wave mixing rather than saturable absorption. As a result, their optical output is characterized by the tendency of small intensity modulation of the output power, and the relative phases of the modes to be similar to the ones of a frequency modulated laser. Recent results include the proof of comb operation down to a metrological level, the observation of a Schawlow-Townes broadened linewidth, as well as the first dual-comb spectroscopy measurements. The capability of the structure to integrate monothically nonlinear optical elements as well as to operate as a detector shows great promise for future chip integration of dual-comb systems.

  19. Monolithically integrated absolute frequency comb laser system

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    Wanke, Michael C.

    2016-07-12

    Rather than down-convert optical frequencies, a QCL laser system directly generates a THz frequency comb in a compact monolithically integrated chip that can be locked to an absolute frequency without the need of a frequency-comb synthesizer. The monolithic, absolute frequency comb can provide a THz frequency reference and tool for high-resolution broad band spectroscopy.

  20. Broadband high-resolution x-ray frequency combs

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    Cavaletto, Stefano M; Ott, Christian; Buth, Christian; Pfeifer, Thomas; Keitel, Christoph H

    2014-01-01

    Optical frequency combs have had a remarkable impact on precision spectroscopy. Enabling this technology in the x-ray domain is expected to result in wide-ranging applications, such as stringent tests of astrophysical models and quantum electrodynamics, a more sensitive search for the variability of fundamental constants, and precision studies of nuclear structure. Ultraprecise x-ray atomic clocks may also be envisaged. In this work, an x-ray pulse-shaping method is put forward to generate a comb in the absorption spectrum of an ultrashort high-frequency pulse. The method employs an optical-frequency-comb laser, manipulating the system's dipole response to imprint a comb on an excited transition with a high photon energy. The described scheme provides higher comb frequencies and requires lower optical-comb peak intensities than currently explored methods, preserves the overall width of the optical comb, and may be implemented by presently available x-ray technology.

  1. Broadband high-resolution X-ray frequency combs

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    Cavaletto, Stefano M.; Harman, Zoltán; Ott, Christian; Buth, Christian; Pfeifer, Thomas; Keitel, Christoph H.

    2014-07-01

    Optical frequency combs have had a remarkable impact on precision spectroscopy. Enabling this technology in the X-ray domain is expected to result in wide-ranging applications, such as stringent tests of astrophysical models and quantum electrodynamics, a more sensitive search for the variability of fundamental constants, and precision studies of nuclear structure. Ultraprecise X-ray atomic clocks may also be envisaged. In this work, an X-ray pulse-shaping method is proposed to generate a comb in the absorption spectrum of an ultrashort high-frequency pulse. The method employs an optical-frequency-comb laser, manipulating the system's dipole response to imprint a comb on an excited transition with a high photon energy. The described scheme provides higher comb frequencies and requires lower optical-comb peak intensities than currently explored methods, preserves the overall width of the optical comb, and may be implemented using currently available X-ray technology.

  2. Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Faist, Jérôme; Scalari, Giacomo; Rösch, Markus; Bonzon, Christopher; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias

    2015-01-01

    It was recently demonstrated that broadband quantum cascade lasers can operate as frequency combs. As such, they operate under direct electrical pumping at both mid-infrared and THz frequencies, making them very attractive for dual-comb spectroscopy. Performance levels are continuously improving, with average powers over 100 mW and frequency coverage of 100 cm$^{-1}$ in the mid-infrared. In the THz range, 10 mW of average power and 600 GHz of frequency coverage are reported. As a result of the very short upper state lifetime of the gain medium, the mode proliferation in these sources arises from four wave mixing rather than saturable absorption. As a result, their optical output is characterized by the tendency of small intensity modulation of the output power, and the relative phases of the modes to be similar to the ones of a frequency modulated laser. Recent results include the proof of comb operation down to a metrological level, the observation of a Schawlow-Townes broadened linewidth, as well as the fir...

  3. Direct comparison of two cold-atom-based optical frequency standards by using a femtosecond-laser comb.

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    Vogel, K R; Diddams, S A; Oates, C W; Curtis, E A; Rafac, R J; Itano, W M; Bergquist, J C; Fox, R W; Lee, W D; Wells, J S; Hollberg, L

    2001-01-15

    With a fiber-broadened, femtosecond-laser frequency comb, the 76-THz interval between two laser-cooled optical frequency standards was measured with a statistical uncertainty of 2x10(-13) in 5 s , to our knowledge the best short-term instability thus far reported for an optical frequency measurement. One standard is based on the calcium intercombination line at 657 nm, and the other, on the mercury ion electric-quadrupole transition at 282 nm. By linking this measurement to the known Ca frequency, we report a new frequency value for the Hg(+) clock transition with an improvement in accuracy of ~10(5) compared with its best previous measurement. PMID:18033520

  4. Scaling of Yb-Fiber Frequency Combs

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    Ruehl, Axel; Marcinkevicius, Andrius; Fermann, Martin E.; Hartl, Ingmar

    2010-06-01

    Immediately after their introduction in 1999, femtosecond laser frequency combs revolutionized the field of precision optical frequency metrology and are key elements in many experiments. Frequency combs based on femtosecond Er-fiber lasers based were demonstrated in 2005, allowing additionally rugged, compact set-ups and reliable unattended long-term operation. The introduction of Yb-fiber technology led to an dramatic improvement in fiber-comb performance in various aspects. Low-noise Yb-fiber femtosecond oscillators enabled a reduction of relative comb tooth linewidth to the sub-Hz level as well as scaling of the fundamental comb spacings up to 1 GHz. This is beneficial for any frequency-domain comb application due to the higher power per comb-mode. Many spectroscopic applications require, however, frequency combs way beyond the wavelength range accessible with broad band laser materials, so nonlinear conversion and hence higher peak intensity is required. We demonstrated power scaling of Yb-fiber frequency combs up to 80 W average power in a strictly linear chirped-pulse amplification schemes compatible with low-noise phase control. These high-power Yb-fiber-frequency combs facilitated not only the extension to the mid-IR spectral region. When coupled to a passive enhancement cavity, the average power can be further scaled to the kW-level opening new capabilities for XUV frequency combs via high-harmonic generation. All these advances of fiber-based frequency combs will trigger many novel applications both in fundamental and applied sciences. Schibli et al., Nature Photonics 2 355 (2008). Hartl et al., MF9 in Advanced Solid-State Photonics. 2009, Optical Society of America. Ruehl et al., AWC7 in Advanced Solid-State Photonics. 2010, Optical Society of America. Adler et al., Optics Letters 34 1330 (2009). Yost et al., Nature Physics 5 815 (2009).

  5. Frequency comb metrology with an optical parametric oscillator.

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    Balskus, K; Schilt, S; Wittwer, V J; Brochard, P; Ploetzing, T; Jornod, N; McCracken, R A; Zhang, Z; Bartels, A; Reid, D T; Südmeyer, T

    2016-04-18

    We report on the first demonstration of absolute frequency comb metrology with an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) frequency comb. The synchronously-pumped OPO operated in the 1.5-µm spectral region and was referenced to an H-maser atomic clock. Using different techniques, we thoroughly characterized the frequency noise power spectral density (PSD) of the repetition rate frep, of the carrier-envelope offset frequency fCEO, and of an optical comb line νN. The comb mode optical linewidth at 1557 nm was determined to be ~70 kHz for an observation time of 1 s from the measured frequency noise PSD, and was limited by the stability of the microwave frequency standard available for the stabilization of the comb repetition rate. We achieved a tight lock of the carrier envelope offset frequency with only ~300 mrad residual integrated phase noise, which makes its contribution to the optical linewidth negligible. The OPO comb was used to measure the absolute optical frequency of a near-infrared laser whose second-harmonic component was locked to the F = 2→3 transition of the 87Rb D2 line at 780 nm, leading to a measured transition frequency of νRb = 384,228,115,346 ± 16 kHz. We performed the same measurement with a commercial fiber-laser comb operating in the 1.5-µm region. Both the OPO comb and the commercial fiber comb achieved similar performance. The measurement accuracy was limited by interferometric noise in the fibered setup of the Rb-stabilized laser. PMID:27137274

  6. Normal-dispersion microresonator Kerr frequency combs

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    Xue Xiaoxiao

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical microresonator-based Kerr frequency comb generation has developed into a hot research area in the past decade. Microresonator combs are promising for portable applications due to their potential for chip-level integration and low power consumption. According to the group velocity dispersion of the microresonator employed, research in this field may be classified into two categories: the anomalous dispersion regime and the normal dispersion regime. In this paper, we discuss the physics of Kerr comb generation in the normal dispersion regime and review recent experimental advances. The potential advantages and future directions of normal dispersion combs are also discussed.

  7. Direct frequency comb spectroscopy of trapped ions

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    Wolf, A L; Ubachs, W; Eikema, K S E

    2008-01-01

    Direct frequency comb spectroscopy of trapped ions is demonstated for the first time. It is shown that the 4s^2S_(1/2)-4p^2P_(3/2) transition in calcium ions can be excited directly with a frequency comb laser that is upconverted to 393 nm. Detection of the transition is performed using a shelving scheme to suppress background signal from non-resonant comb modes. The measured transition frequency of f=761 905 012.7(0.5) MHz presents an improvement in accuracy of more than two orders of magnitude.

  8. XUV frequency comb metrology on the ground state of helium

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    Kandula, Dominik Z; Pinkert, Tjeerd J; Ubachs, Wim; Eikema, Kjeld S E

    2011-01-01

    The operation of a frequency comb at extreme ultraviolet (XUV) wavelengths based on pair-wise amplification and nonlinear upconversion to the 15th harmonic of pulses from a frequency comb laser in the near-infrared range is reported. Following a first account of the experiment [Kandula et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 063001 (2010)], an extensive review is given of the demonstration that the resulting spectrum at 51 nm is fully phase coherent and can be applied to precision metrology. The pulses are used in a scheme of direct-frequency-comb excitation of helium atoms from the ground state to the 1s4p and 1s5p 1P_1 states. Laser ionization by auxiliary 1064 nm pulses is used to detect the excited state population, resulting in a cosine-like signal as a function of the repetition rate of the frequency comb with a modulation contrast of up to 55%. Analysis of the visibility of this comb structure yields an estimated timing jitter between the two upconverted comb laser pulses of 50 attoseconds, whch indicates that e...

  9. Optical frequency comb generation in optical fibres

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    Zajnulina, Marina

    2015-01-01

    Optical frequency combs (OFC) constitute an array of phase-correlated equidistant spectral lines with nearly equal intensities over a broad spectral range. The adaptations of combs generated in mode-locked lasers proved to be highly efficient for the calibration of high-resolution (resolving power > 50000) astronomical spectrographs. The observation of different galaxy structures or the studies of the Milky Way are done using instruments in the low- and medium resolution range. To such instru...

  10. Quantum cascade laser Kerr frequency comb

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    Lecaplain, Caroline; Javerzac-Galy, Clément; Lucas, Erwan; Jost, John D.; Kippenberg, Tobias J.

    2015-01-01

    The mid-infrared (mid-IR) regime (typically the wavelength regime of $\\lambda \\sim 2.5-20 \\ \\mathrm{\\mu m}$) is an important spectral range for spectroscopy as many molecules have their fundamental rotational-vibrational absorption in this band. Recently optical frequency combs based on optical microresonators ("Kerr" combs) at the onset of the mid-IR region have been generated using crystalline resonators and integrated planar silicon micro-resonators. Here we extend for the first time Kerr ...

  11. On-chip Dual-comb based on Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

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    Villares, Gustavo; Kazakov, Dmitry; Süess, Martin J; Hugi, Andreas; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Dual-comb spectroscopy is emerging as one of the most appealing applications of mid-infrared frequency combs for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, as it leverages on the unique coherence properties of frequency combs combined with the high sensitivities achievable by mid-infrared molecular spectroscopy. Here we present an on-chip dual-comb source based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser frequency combs, where two frequency combs are integrated on a single chip. Control of the combs repetition and offset frequencies is obtained by integrating micro-heaters next to each laser. We show that a full control of the dual-comb system is possible, by measuring a multi-heterodyne beating corresponding to an optical bandwidth of 32 cm$^{-1}$ at a center frequency of 1330 cm$^{-1}$ (7.52 $\\mu$m), demonstrating that this device is ideal for compact dual-comb spectroscopy systems.

  12. Optical Frequency Comb Generation based on Erbium Fiber Lasers

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    Droste, Stefan; Ycas, Gabriel; Washburn, Brian R.; Coddington, Ian; Newbury, Nathan R.

    2016-06-01

    Optical frequency combs have revolutionized optical frequency metrology and are being actively investigated in a number of applications outside of pure optical frequency metrology. For reasons of cost, robustness, performance, and flexibility, the erbium fiber laser frequency comb has emerged as the most commonly used frequency comb system and many different designs of erbium fiber frequency combs have been demonstrated. We review the different approaches taken in the design of erbium fiber frequency combs, including the major building blocks of the underlying mode-locked laser, amplifier, supercontinuum generation and actuators for stabilization of the frequency comb.

  13. Optical Frequency Comb Generation based on Erbium Fiber Lasers

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    Droste Stefan

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical frequency combs have revolutionized optical frequency metrology and are being actively investigated in a number of applications outside of pure optical frequency metrology. For reasons of cost, robustness, performance, and flexibility, the erbium fiber laser frequency comb has emerged as the most commonly used frequency comb system and many different designs of erbium fiber frequency combs have been demonstrated. We review the different approaches taken in the design of erbium fiber frequency combs, including the major building blocks of the underlying mode-locked laser, amplifier, supercontinuum generation and actuators for stabilization of the frequency comb.

  14. Frequency-agile dual-comb spectroscopy

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    Millot, Guy; Yan, Ming; Hovannysyan, Tatevik; Bendahmane, Abdelkrim; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie

    2015-01-01

    We propose a new approach to near-infrared molecular spectroscopy, harnessing advanced concepts of optical telecommunications and supercontinuum photonics. We generate, without mode-locked lasers, two frequency combs of slightly different repetition frequencies and moderate, but rapidly tunable, spectral span. The output of a frequency-agile continuous wave laser is split and sent into two electro-optic intensity modulators. Flat-top low-noise frequency combs are produced by wave-breaking in a nonlinear optical fiber of normal dispersion. With a dual-comb spectrometer, we record Doppler-limited spectra spanning 60 GHz within 13 microseconds and 80-kHz refresh rate, at a tuning speed of 10 nm.s^(-1). The sensitivity for weak absorption is enhanced by a long gas-filled hollow-core fiber.

  15. Ultrabroadband coherent supercontinuum frequency comb

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    Ruehl, Axel; McKay, Hugh; Thomas, Brian; Dong, Liang; Fermann, Martin E.; Hartl, Ingmar [IMRA America Inc., 1044 Woodridge Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (United States); Martin, Michael J.; Cossel, Kevin C.; Chen Lisheng; Benko, Craig; Ye Jun [JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado, Department of Physics, 440 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States); Dudley, John M. [Institute FEMTO-ST, CNRS-University of Franche-Comte UMR 6174, Besancon (France)

    2011-07-15

    We present detailed studies of the coherence properties of an ultrabroadband supercontinuum, enabled by a comprehensive approach involving continuous-wave laser sources to independently probe both the amplitude and phase noise quadratures across the entire spectrum. The continuum coherently spans more than 1.5 octaves, supporting Hz-level comparison of ultrastable lasers at 698 nm and 1.54 {mu}m. We present a complete numerical simulation of the accumulated comb coherence in the limit of many pulses, in contrast to the single-pulse level, with systematic experimental verification. The experiment and numerical simulations reveal the presence of quantum-seeded broadband amplitude noise without phase coherence degradation, including the discovery of a dependence of the supercontinuum coherence on the fiber fractional Raman gain.

  16. Experimental and theoretical investigation of direct frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Peters, Elisabeth

    2011-01-01

    This thesis reports on theoretical and experimental examination of two-photon direct frequency comb spectroscopy (DFCS) using atomic two-level systems. This method is a very promising tool to extend optical spectroscopy into the short wavelength region where only few cw laser sources exist. The high peak intensities of pulsed lasers facilitate efficient nonlinear conversion into frequency regions which are so far unexplored, for example by high harmonic generation (HHG). DFCS is based on...

  17. On-chip dual-comb based on quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Dual-comb spectroscopy is emerging as an appealing application of mid-infrared frequency combs for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, as it leverages on the unique coherence properties of frequency combs. Here, we present an on-chip dual-comb source based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser frequency combs. Control of the combs repetition and offset frequencies is obtained by integrating micro-heaters next to each laser. We show that a full control of the dual-comb system is possible, by measuring a multi-heterodyne beating corresponding to an optical bandwidth of 32 cm−1 centered at 1330 cm−1 (7.52 μm), demonstrating that this device represents a critical step towards compact dual-comb systems

  18. On-chip dual-comb based on quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Villares, G.; Wolf, J.; Kazakov, D.; Süess, M. J.; Hugi, A.; Beck, M.; Faist, J.

    2015-12-01

    Dual-comb spectroscopy is emerging as an appealing application of mid-infrared frequency combs for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, as it leverages on the unique coherence properties of frequency combs. Here, we present an on-chip dual-comb source based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser frequency combs. Control of the combs repetition and offset frequencies is obtained by integrating micro-heaters next to each laser. We show that a full control of the dual-comb system is possible, by measuring a multi-heterodyne beating corresponding to an optical bandwidth of 32 cm-1 centered at 1330 cm-1 (7.52 μm), demonstrating that this device represents a critical step towards compact dual-comb systems.

  19. On-chip dual-comb based on quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Villares, G., E-mail: gustavo.villares@phys.ethz.ch; Wolf, J.; Kazakov, D.; Süess, M. J.; Beck, M.; Faist, J., E-mail: jfaist@phys.ethz.ch [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Hugi, A. [IRsweep GmbH, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2015-12-21

    Dual-comb spectroscopy is emerging as an appealing application of mid-infrared frequency combs for high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, as it leverages on the unique coherence properties of frequency combs. Here, we present an on-chip dual-comb source based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser frequency combs. Control of the combs repetition and offset frequencies is obtained by integrating micro-heaters next to each laser. We show that a full control of the dual-comb system is possible, by measuring a multi-heterodyne beating corresponding to an optical bandwidth of 32 cm{sup −1} centered at 1330 cm{sup −1} (7.52 μm), demonstrating that this device represents a critical step towards compact dual-comb systems.

  20. Selection and amplification of a single optical frequency comb mode for laser cooling of the strontium atoms in an optical clock

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    In this paper, we report on the active filtering and amplification of a single mode from an optical femtosecond laser comb with mode spacing of 250 MHz by optical injection of two external-cavity diode lasers operating in cascade to build a narrow linewidth laser for laser cooling of the strontium atoms in an optical lattice clock. Despite the low injection of individual comb mode of approximately 50 nW, a single comb line at 689 nm could be filtered and amplified to reach as high as 10 mW with 37 dB side mode suppression and a linewidth of 240 Hz. This method could be applied over a broad spectral band to build narrow linewidth lasers for various applications

  1. Quantum cascade laser Kerr frequency comb

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    Lecaplain, Caroline; Lucas, Erwan; Jost, John D; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2015-01-01

    The mid-infrared (mid-IR) regime (typically the wavelength regime of $\\lambda \\sim 2.5-20 \\ \\mathrm{\\mu m}$) is an important spectral range for spectroscopy as many molecules have their fundamental rotational-vibrational absorption in this band. Recently optical frequency combs based on optical microresonators ("Kerr" combs) at the onset of the mid-IR region have been generated using crystalline resonators and integrated planar silicon micro-resonators. Here we extend for the first time Kerr combs deep into the mid-IR i.e. the 'molecular fingerprint' region. This is achieved by combining an ultra high quality (Q) factor mid-IR microresonator based on crystalline $\\mathrm{MgF_{2}}$ with the quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology. Using a tapered chalgogenide (ChG) fiber and a QCL continuous wave pump laser, frequency combs at $\\lambda\\sim 4.4\\ \\mathrm{\\mu m}$ (i.e. 2270cm$^{-1}$) are generated, that span over 600nm (i.e. 300cm$^{-1}$) in bandwidth, with a mode spacing of 14.3GHz (0.5cm$^{-1}$), corresponding t...

  2. A microresonator frequency comb optical clock

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    Papp, Scott B; DelHaye, Pascal; Quinlan, Franklyn; Lee, Hansuek; Vahala, Kerry J; Diddams, Scott A

    2013-01-01

    Optical-frequency combs enable measurement precision at the 20th digit, and accuracy entirely commensurate with their reference oscillator. A new direction in experiments is the creation of ultracompact frequency combs by way of nonlinear parametric optics in microresonators. We refer to these as microcombs, and here we report a silicon-chip-based microcomb optical clock that phase-coherently converts an optical-frequency reference to a microwave signal. A low-noise comb spectrum with 25 THz span is generated with a 2 mm diameter silica disk and broadening in nonlinear fiber. This spectrum is stabilized to rubidium frequency references separated by 3.5 THz by controlling two teeth 108 modes apart. The optical clocks output is the electronically countable 33 GHz microcomb line spacing, which features an absolute stability better than the rubidium transitions by the expected factor of 108. Our work demonstrates the comprehensive set of tools needed for interfacing microcombs to state-of-the-art optical clocks.

  3. Dual-Comb Spectroscopy based on Mid-IR Quantum-Cascade-Lasers Frequency-combs

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    Full text: Optical frequency combs act as rulers in the frequency domain and have revolutionised many fields such as high-resolution spectroscopy. To wide their applications, realizing a compact mid-IR spectrometer using frequency combs is of paramount importance, as the fundamental roto-vibrational bands of most light molecules lie on this spectral region. We have recently demonstrated a mid-IR, all-solid-state frequency comb based on a quantum cascade laser. Here a compact dual-comb spectrometer is realised. The dual-comb spectrometer covers 60 cm-1 with individual tooth linewidth of 150 kHz by using mid-IR QCL based frequency combs centered at 1430. (author)

  4. Modelocked mid-infrared frequency combs in a silicon microresonator

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    Yu, Mengjie; Griffith, Austin G; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    Mid-infrared (mid-IR) frequency combs have broad applications in molecular spectroscopy and chemical/biological sensing. Recently developed microresonator-based combs in this wavelength regime could enable portable and robust devices using a single-frequency pump field. Here, we report the first demonstration of a modelocked microresonator-based frequency comb in the mid-IR spanning 2.4 {\\mu}m to 4.3 {\\mu}m. We observe high pump-to-comb conversion efficiency, in which 40% of the pump power is converted to the output comb power. Utilizing an integrated PIN structure allows for tuning the silicon microresonator and controling modelocking and cavity soliton formation, simplifying the generation, monitoring and stabilization of mid-IR frequency combs via free-carrier detection and control. Our results significantly advance microresonator-based comb technology towards a portable and robust mid-IR spectroscopic device that operates at low pump powers.

  5. Dispersion engineering of Quantum Cascade Lasers frequency combs

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    Villares, Gustavo; Wolf, Johanna; Kazakov, Dmitry; Süess, Martin J; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    Quantum cascade lasers are compact sources capable of generating frequency combs. Yet key characteristics - such as optical bandwidth and power-per-mode distribution - have to be improved for better addressing spectroscopy applications. Group delay dispersion plays an important role in the comb formation. In this work, we demonstrate that a dispersion compensation scheme based on a Gires-Tournois Interferometer integrated into the QCL-comb dramatically improves the comb operation regime, preventing the formation of high-phase noise regimes previously observed. The continuous-wave output power of these combs is typically $>$ 100 mW with optical spectra centered at 1330 cm$^{-1}$ (7.52 $\\mu$m) with $\\sim$ 70 cm$^{-1}$ of optical bandwidth. Our findings demonstrate that QCL-combs are ideal sources for chip-based frequency comb spectroscopy systems.

  6. Intrinsic linewidth of quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Cappelli, Francesco; Riedi, Sabine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-01-01

    The frequency noise power spectral density of a free-running quantum cascade laser frequency comb is investigated. A plateau is observed at high frequencies, attributed to the quantum noise limit set by the Schawlow-Townes formula for the total laser power on all comb lines. In our experiment, a linewidth of 292 Hz is measured for a total power of 25 mW. This result proves that the four-wave mixing process, responsible for the comb operation, effectively correlates the quantum noise of the individual comb lines.

  7. Silicon-Chip Mid-Infrared Frequency Comb Generation

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    Griffith, Austin G; Cardenas, Jaime; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Mohanty, Aseema; Fain, Romy; Lee, Yoon Ho Daniel; Yu, Mengjie; Phare, Christopher T; Poitras, Carl B; Gaeta, Alexander L; Lipson, Michal

    2014-01-01

    Optical frequency combs represent a revolutionary technology for high precision spectroscopy due to their narrow linewidths and precise frequency spacing. Generation of such combs in the mid-infrared (IR) spectral region (2-20 um) is of great interest due to the presence of a large number of gas absorption lines in this wavelength regime. Recently, frequency combs have been demonstrated in the MIR in several platforms, including fiber combs, mode-locked lasers, optical parametric oscillators, and quantum cascade lasers. However, these platforms are either relatively bulky or challenging to integrate on-chip. An alternative approach using parametric mixing in microresonators is highly promising since the platform is extremely compact and can operate with relatively low powers. However, material and dispersion engineering limitations have prevented the realization of a microresonator comb source past 2.55 um. Although silicon could in principle provide a CMOS compatible platform for on-chip comb generation deep...

  8. Transfer of optical frequency combs over optical fibre links

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    Marra, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    In just over a decade the optical frequency comb technique has completely transformed the field of frequency metrology. These devices have made the measurement of the frequency of light a much easier and affordable task when compared to with earlier techniques. With both research and technology development on these devices becoming more mature, optical frequency combs have been affecting other science areas. Applications are already found in spectroscopy, attosecond physics and astrophysics a...

  9. Coherent data transmission with microresonator Kerr frequency combs

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    Pfeifle, Joerg; Wegner, Daniel; Brasch, Victor; Herr, Tobias; Hartinger, Klaus; Li, Jingshi; Hillerkuss, David; Schmogrow, Rene; Holzwarth, Ronald; Freude, Wolfgang; Leuthold, Juerg; Kippenberg, Tobias J; Koos, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Optical frequency combs enable coherent data transmission on hundreds of wavelength channels and have the potential to revolutionize terabit communications. Generation of Kerr combs in nonlinear integrated microcavities represents a particularly promising option enabling line spacings of tens of GHz, compliant with wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) grids. However, Kerr combs may exhibit strong phase noise and multiplet spectral lines, and this has made high-speed data transmission impossible up to now. Recent work has shown that systematic adjustment of pump conditions allows generating low phase-noise Kerr combs with singlet spectral lines. Here, by employing an integrated Si3N4 microresonator, we demonstrate that Kerr combs are suited for coherent data transmission with advanced modulation formats that pose stringent requirements on the spectral purity of the optical source. In our experiment, we encode a data stream of 392 Gbit/s on subsequent lines of a Kerr comb using quadrature phase shift keying (...

  10. Transferring the stability of iodine-stabilized diode laser at 634 nm to radio frequency by an optical frequency comb

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    Lin Yi; Xianghui Qi; Wenlan Chen; Dawei Zhou; Tong Zhou; Xiaoji Zhou; Xuzong Chen

    2009-01-01

    An optical frequency comb phase-locked on an iodine frequency stabilized diode laser at 634 nm is con structed to transfer the accuracy and stability from the optical domain to the radio frequency domain. An external-cavity diode laser is frequency-stabilized on the Doppler-free absorption signals of the hyperfine transition R(80)8-4 using the third-harmonic detection technique. The instability of the ultra-stable op tical oscillator is determined to be 7 x 10-12 by a cesium atomic clock via the optical frequency comb's mass frequency dividing technique.

  11. Dynamics of microresonator frequency comb generation: models and stability

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    Hansson Tobias

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Microresonator frequency combs hold promise for enabling a new class of light sources that are simultaneously both broadband and coherent, and that could allow for a profusion of potential applications. In this article, we review various theoretical models for describing the temporal dynamics and formation of optical frequency combs. These models form the basis for performing numerical simulations that can be used in order to better understand the comb generation process, for example helping to identify the universal combcharacteristics and their different associated physical phenomena. Moreover, models allow for the study, design and optimization of comb properties prior to the fabrication of actual devices. We consider and derive theoretical formalisms based on the Ikeda map, the modal expansion approach, and the Lugiato-Lefever equation. We further discuss the generation of frequency combs in silicon resonators featuring multiphoton absorption and free-carrier effects. Additionally, we review comb stability properties and consider the role of modulational instability as well as of parametric instabilities due to the boundary conditions of the cavity. These instability mechanisms are the basis for comprehending the process of frequency comb formation, for identifying the different dynamical regimes and the associated dependence on the comb parameters. Finally, we also discuss the phenomena of continuous wave bi- and multistability and its relation to the observation of mode-locked cavity solitons.

  12. Dynamics of microresonator frequency comb generation: models and stability

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    Hansson, Tobias; Wabnitz, Stefan

    2016-06-01

    Microresonator frequency combs hold promise for enabling a new class of light sources that are simultaneously both broadband and coherent, and that could allow for a profusion of potential applications. In this article, we review various theoretical models for describing the temporal dynamics and formation of optical frequency combs. These models form the basis for performing numerical simulations that can be used in order to better understand the comb generation process, for example helping to identify the universal combcharacteristics and their different associated physical phenomena. Moreover, models allow for the study, design and optimization of comb properties prior to the fabrication of actual devices. We consider and derive theoretical formalisms based on the Ikeda map, the modal expansion approach, and the Lugiato-Lefever equation. We further discuss the generation of frequency combs in silicon resonators featuring multiphoton absorption and free-carrier effects. Additionally, we review comb stability properties and consider the role of modulational instability as well as of parametric instabilities due to the boundary conditions of the cavity. These instability mechanisms are the basis for comprehending the process of frequency comb formation, for identifying the different dynamical regimes and the associated dependence on the comb parameters. Finally, we also discuss the phenomena of continuous wave bi- and multistability and its relation to the observation of mode-locked cavity solitons.

  13. Intrinsic linewidth of quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Cappelli, Francesco; Villares, Gustavo; Riedi, Sabine; Faist, Jerome

    2015-01-01

    The frequency noise power spectral density of a free-running quantum cascade laser frequency comb is investigated. A plateau is observed at high frequencies, attributed to the quantum noise limit set by the Schawlow-Townes formula for the total laser power on all comb lines. In our experiment, a linewidth of 292 Hz is measured for a total power of 25 mW. This result proves that the four-wave mixing process, responsible for the comb operation, effectively correlates the quantum noise of the in...

  14. A Coherent Raman Oscillator Pumped by a Frequency Comb

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    Pe'er, Avi

    2014-01-01

    Free induction decay is the coherent emission of light that follows the excitation of a medium by a short pulse. During the coherence time of the medium ($T_2$), all atoms/molecules oscillate 'in unison', forming a macroscopic dipole that emits light as a large coherent antenna, 'broadcasting' information on the quantum state of the atoms/molecules and its dynamical evolution. We present an optical oscillator, where the coherent dipole emission from a dynamical wave-packet, is amplified beyond the lasing threshold. By placing a molecular medium in an optical cavity that is synchronously pumped by a frequency comb laser, emission from the excitation of one pump pulse can return to the medium with subsequent pump pulses, allowing stimulated amplification. When threshold is crossed, a broadband coherent oscillation is achieved, bearing information on the coherent wave-packet dynamics inside the medium. We analyze theoretically this coherent Raman oscillator and simulate thoroughly it's dynamics under most realis...

  15. Stabilization of an optical frequency comb to an external cavity

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    Rydberg, Olof

    2014-01-01

    The subject of this master's thesis is stabilizing a frequency comb laser to an external cavity using a couple of servo controllers. The aim of the project was to build a pair of servo controllers, replacing parts of the existing commercial and proprietary solution already in use. The system under control is an optical frequency comb, which is locked to an external cavity and is used for trace gas detection and spectroscopy. The comb is a broadband light source and needs to be locked to the e...

  16. Micro--structured crystalline resonators for optical frequency comb generation

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    Grudinin, Ivan S

    2014-01-01

    Optical frequency combs have recently been demonstrated in micro--resonators through nonlinear Kerr processes. Investigations in the past few years provided better understanding of micro--combs and showed that spectral span and mode locking are governed by cavity spectrum and dispersion. While various cavities provide unique advantages, dispersion engineering has been reported only for planar waveguides. In this Letter, we report a resonator design that combines dispersion control, mode crossing free spectrum, and ultra--high quality factor. We experimentally show that as the dispersion of a MgF2 resonator is flattened, the comb span increases reaching 700 nm with as low as 60 mW pump power at 1560 nm wavelength, corresponding to nearly 2000 lines separated by 46 GHz. The new resonator design may enable efficient low repetition rate coherent octave spanning frequency combs without the need for external broadening, ideal for applications in optical frequency synthesis, metrology, spectroscopy, and communicatio...

  17. Direct frequency comb two-photon laser cooling and trapping

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    Jayich, Andrew; Long, Xueping; Campbell, Wesley C.

    2016-05-01

    Generating and manipulating high energy photons for spectroscopy on electric dipole transitions of atoms and molecules with deeply bound valence electrons is difficult. Further, laser cooling of such species is even more challenging for lack of laser power. A possible solution is to drive two-photon transitions. This may alleviate the photon energy problem and open the door to cold, trapped samples of highly desirable species with tightly bound electrons. We perform a proof of principle experiment with rubidium by driving a two-photon transition with an optical frequency comb. We perform optical cooling and extend this technique to trapping, where we are able to make a magneto-optical trap in one dimension. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation CAREER program.

  18. Measurement of microresonator frequency comb stability by spectral interferometry

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    Webb, Karen E; Anthony, Jessienta; Coen, Stephane; Erkintalo, Miro; Murdoch, Stuart G

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a new technique for the experimental measurement of the spectral coherence of microresonator optical frequency combs. Specifically, we use a spectral interference method, typically used in the context of supercontinuum generation, to explore the variation of the complex degree of first order coherence across the full comb bandwidth. We measure the coherence of two different frequency combs, and observe wholly different coherence characteristics. In particular, we find that the observed dynamical regimes are similar to the stable and unstable modulation instability regimes reported in previous theoretical studies. Results from numerical simulations are found to be in good agreement with experimental observations. In addition to demonstrating a new technique to assess comb stability, our results provide strong experimental support for previous theoretical analyses.

  19. Measurement of microresonator frequency comb coherence by spectral interferometry.

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    Webb, K E; Jang, J K; Anthony, J; Coen, S; Erkintalo, M; Murdoch, S G

    2016-01-15

    We experimentally investigate the spectral coherence of microresonator optical frequency combs. Specifically, we use a spectral interference method, typically used in the context of supercontinuum generation, to explore the variation of the magnitude of the complex degree of first-order coherence across the full comb bandwidth. We measure the coherence of two different frequency combs and observe wholly different coherence characteristics. In particular, we find that the observed dynamical regimes are similar to the stable and unstable modulation instability regimes reported in previous theoretical studies. Results from numerical simulations are found to be in good agreement with experimental observations. In addition to demonstrating a new technique to assess comb stability, our results provide strong experimental support for previous theoretical analyses. PMID:26766693

  20. Kerr optical frequency combs: theory, applications and perspectives

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    Chembo, Yanne K.

    2016-06-01

    The optical frequency comb technology is one of the most important breakthrough in photonics in recent years. This concept has revolutionized the science of ultra-stable lightwave and microwave signal generation. These combs were originally generated using ultrafast mode-locked lasers, but in the past decade, a simple and elegant alternativewas proposed,which consisted in pumping an ultra-high-Q optical resonator with Kerr nonlinearity using a continuous-wave laser. When optimal conditions are met, the intracavity pump photons are redistributed via four-wave mixing to the neighboring cavity modes, thereby creating the so-called Kerr optical frequency comb. Beyond being energy-efficient, conceptually simple, and structurally robust, Kerr comb generators are very compact devices (millimetric down to micrometric size) which can be integrated on a chip. They are, therefore, considered as very promising candidates to replace femtosecond mode-locked lasers for the generation of broadband and coherent optical frequency combs in the spectral domain, or equivalently, narrow optical pulses in the temporal domain. These combs are, moreover, expected to provide breakthroughs in many technological areas, such as integrated photonics, metrology, optical telecommunications, and aerospace engineering. The purpose of this review article is to present a comprehensive survey of the topic of Kerr optical frequency combs.We provide an overview of the main theoretical and experimental results that have been obtained so far. We also highlight the potential of Kerr combs for current or prospective applications, and discuss as well some of the open challenges that are to be met at the fundamental and applied level.

  1. The generation of continuous-variable entanglement frequency comb.

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    Yu, Youbin; Cheng, Xiaomin; Wang, Huaijun; Shi, Zhongtao; Zhao, Junwei; Ji, Fengmin; Yin, Zhi; Wang, Yajuan

    2015-01-01

    Continuous-variable (CV) entanglement frequency comb can be produced by enhanced Raman scattering in an above-threshold optical oscillator cavity in which a hexagonally-poled LiTaO3 crystal resides as a Raman gain medium. The Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman signals are enhanced by a coupled quasi-phase-matching optical parametric process and the entanglement natures among these Raman signals and pump are demonstrated by applying a sufficient inseparability criterion for CV entanglement. Such entanglement frequency comb source with different frequencies and continuously tunable frequency interval may be very significant for the applications in quantum communication and networks. PMID:25600617

  2. Optical frequency comb technology for ultra-broadband radio-frequency photonics

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    Torres-Company, Victor; Weiner, Andrew M.

    2014-01-01

    The outstanding phase-noise performance of optical frequency combs has led to a revolution in optical synthesis and metrology, covering a myriad of applications, from molecular spectroscopy to laser ranging and optical communications. However, the ideal characteristics of an optical frequency comb are application dependent. In this review, the different techniques for the generation and processing of high-repetition-rate (>10 GHz) optical frequency combs with technologies compatible with opti...

  3. Brillouin filtering of optical combs for narrow linewidth frequency synthesis

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    Galindo-Santos, Juan; Velasco, Aitor V.; Carrasco-Sanz, Ana; Corredera, Pedro

    2016-05-01

    We report a tunable monochromatic source generation scheme, based on Brillouin filtering of a self-referenced optical frequency comb. The system benefits from the high stability and mode linewidth of the frequency comb, significantly improving the performance of the original laser source used as Brillouin pump. A synthesized frequency with stability under 4×10-11 and a linewidth under 75 kHz was experimentally demonstrated for two separate pump lasers in the C-band. The proposed monochromatic source can be tuned with high precision in a very broad band by combining a coarse control with the pumping source and a fine control with the optical frequency comb references. In our experimental setup, coarse and fine tuning resolutions were 4 MHz and 20 Hz, respectively. Influence of Brillouin pump fluctuations in the synthesized signal stability were also analyzed for observation times up to 104 s.

  4. Mid-Infrared Optical Frequency Combs based on Crystalline Microresonators

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    Wang, C Y; Del'Haye, P; Schliesser, A; Hofer, J; Holzwarth, R; Hänsch, T W; Picqué, N; Kippenberg, T J

    2011-01-01

    The mid-infrared spectral range (\\lambda ~ 2 \\mu m to 20 \\mu m) is known as the "molecular fingerprint" region as many molecules have their highly characteristic, fundamental ro-vibrational bands in this part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Broadband mid-infrared spectroscopy therefore constitutes a powerful and ubiquitous tool for optical analysis of chemical components that is used in biochemistry, astronomy, pharmaceutical monitoring and material science. Optical frequency combs, i.e. broad spectral bandwidth coherent light sources consisting of equally spaced sharp lines, have revolutionized optical frequency metrology one decade ago. They now demonstrate dramatically improved acquisition rates, resolution and sensitivity for molecular spectroscopy mostly in the visible and near-infrared ranges. Mid-infrared frequency combs have therefore become highly desirable and recent progress in generating such combs by nonlinear frequency conversion has opened access to this spectral region. Here we report on a pr...

  5. Terahertz multi-heterodyne spectroscopy using laser frequency combs

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    Yang, Yang; Hayton, Darren J; Gao, Jian-Rong; Reno, John L; Hu, Qing

    2016-01-01

    Frequency combs based on terahertz quantum cascade lasers feature broadband coverage and high output powers in a compact package, making them an attractive option for broadband spectroscopy. Here, we demonstrate the first multi-heterodyne spectroscopy using two terahertz quantum cascade laser combs. With just 100 $\\mu$s of integration time, we achieve peak signal-to-noise ratios exceeding 60 dB and a spectral coverage greater than 250 GHz centered at 2.8 THz. Even with room-temperature detectors we are able to achieve peak signal-to-noise ratios of 50 dB, and as a proof-of-principle we use these combs to measure the broadband transmission spectrum of etalon samples. Finally, we show that with proper signal processing, it is possible to extend the multi-heterodyne spectroscopy to quantum cascade laser combs operating in pulsed mode, greatly expanding the range of quantum cascade lasers that could be suitable for these techniques.

  6. Frequency Comb Assisted Broadband Precision Spectroscopy with Cascaded Diode Lasers

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    Liu, Junqiu; Pfeiffer, Martin H P; Kordts, Arne; Kamel, Ayman N; Guo, Hairun; Geiselmann, Michael; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2016-01-01

    Frequency comb assisted diode laser spectroscopy, employing both the accuracy of an optical frequency comb and the broad wavelength tuning range of a tunable diode laser, has been widely used in many applications. In this letter we present a novel method using cascaded frequency agile diode lasers, which allows extending the measurement bandwidth to 37.4 THz (1355 to 1630 nm) at MHz resolution with scanning speeds above 1 THz/s. It is demonstrated as a useful tool to characterize a broadband spectrum for molecular spectroscopy and in particular it enables to characterize the dispersion of integrated microresonators up to the fourth order.

  7. 80 W, 120 fs Yb-fiber frequency comb.

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    Ruehl, Axel; Marcinkevicius, Andrius; Fermann, Martin E; Hartl, Ingmar

    2010-09-15

    We report on a high-power fiber frequency comb exhibiting linear chirped-pulse amplification up to 80 W and generating 120 fs pulses. By proper matching of the group delay between the fiber stretcher and compressor, a compression ratio of 3100 could be achieved. Carrier envelope offset self-referencing and long-term phase locking to an rf reference is demonstrated, exemplifying the suitability of this system for generating vacuum and extreme-UV frequency combs via enhancement in passive cavities and high harmonic generation. PMID:20847763

  8. Enabling Arbitrary Wavelength Optical Frequency Combs on Chip

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    Soltani, Mohammad; Maleki, Lute

    2015-01-01

    A necessary condition for generation of bright soliton Kerr frequency combs in microresonators is to achieve anomalous group velocity dispersion (GVD) for the resonator modes. This condition is hard to implement in visible as well as ultraviolet since the majority of optical materials are characterized with large normal GVD in these wavelength regions. We overcome this challenge by borrowing ideas from strongly dispersive coupled systems in solid state physics and optics. We show that photonic compound ring resonators can possess large anomalous GVD at any desirable wavelength, even if each individual resonator is characterized with normal GVD. Based on this concept we design a mode locked frequency comb with thin-film silicon nitride compound ring resonators in the vicinity of Rubidium D1 line (794.6nm) and propose to use this optical comb as a flywheel for chip-scale optical clocks.

  9. Laser frequency comb techniques for precise astronomical spectroscopy

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    Murphy, Michael T; Light, Philip S; Luiten, Andre N; Lawrence, Jon S

    2012-01-01

    Precise astronomical spectroscopic analyses routinely assume that individual pixels in charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have uniform sensitivity to photons. Intra-pixel sensitivity (IPS) variations may already cause small systematic errors in, for example, studies of extra-solar planets via stellar radial velocities and cosmological variability in fundamental constants via quasar spectroscopy, but future experiments requiring velocity precisions approaching ~1 cm/s will be more strongly affected. Laser frequency combs have been shown to provide highly precise wavelength calibration for astronomical spectrographs, but here we show that they can also be used to measure IPS variations in astronomical CCDs in situ. We successfully tested a laser frequency comb system on the Ultra-High Resolution Facility spectrograph at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. By modelling the 2-dimensional comb signal recorded in a single CCD exposure, we find that the average IPS deviates by <8 per cent if it is assumed to vary symmetri...

  10. Direct Frequency Comb Spectroscopy in the Extreme Ultraviolet

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    Cingoz, Arman; Allison, Thomas K; Ruehl, Axel; Fermann, Martin E; Hartl, Ingmar; Ye, Jun

    2011-01-01

    Development of the optical frequency comb has revolutionised metrology and precision spectroscopy due to its ability to provide a precise and direct link between microwave and optical frequencies. A novel application of frequency comb technology that leverages both the ultrashort duration of each laser pulse and the exquisite phase coherence of a train of pulses is the generation of frequency combs in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) via high harmonic generation (HHG) in a femtosecond enhancement cavity. Until now, this method has lacked sufficient average power for applications, which has also hampered efforts to observe phase coherence of the high-repetition rate pulse train produced in the extremely nonlinear HHG process. Hence, the existence of a frequency comb in the XUV has not been confirmed. We have overcome both challenges. Here, we present generation of >200 {\\mu}W per harmonic reaching 50 nm, and the observation of single-photon spectroscopy signals for both an argon transition at 82 nm and a neon tra...

  11. Self-referencing of an on-chip soliton Kerr frequency comb without external broadening

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    Brasch, Victor; Jost, John D; Geiselmann, Michael; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2016-01-01

    Self-referencing turns pulsed laser systems into self-referenced frequency combs. Such frequency combs allow counting of optical frequencies and have a wide range of applications. The required optical bandwidth to implement self-referencing is typically obtained via nonlinear broadening in optical fibers. Recent advances in the field of Kerr frequency combs have provided a path towards the development of compact frequency comb sources that provide broadband frequency combs, exhibit microwave repetition rates and that are compatible with on-chip photonic integration. These devices have the potential to significantly expand the use of frequency combs. Yet to date self-referencing of such Kerr frequency combs has only been attained by applying conventional, fiber based broadening techniques. Here we demonstrate external broadening-free self-referencing of a Kerr frequency comb. An optical spectrum that spans two-thirds of an octave is directly synthesized from a continuous wave laser-driven silicon nitride micro...

  12. Ultra-Broadband Coherent Supercontinuum Frequency Comb

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    Ruehl, Axel; Cossel, Kevin C; Chen, Lisheng; McKay, Hugh; Thomas, Brian; Benko, Craig; Dong, Liang; Dudley, John M; Fermann, Martin E; Hartl, Ingmar; Ye, Jun

    2011-01-01

    We present detailed studies of the coherence properties of an ultra-broadband super-continuum, enabled by a new approach involving continuous wave laser sources to independently probe both the amplitude and phase noise quadratures across the entire spectrum. The continuum coherently spans more than 1.5 octaves, supporting Hz-level comparison of ultrastable lasers at 698 nm and 1.54 {\\mu}m. We present the first numerical simulation of the accumulated comb coherence in the limit of many pulses, in contrast to the single-pulse level, with systematic experimental verification. The experiment and numerical simulations reveal the presence of quantum-seeded broadband amplitude noise without phase coherence degradation, including the discovery of a dependence of the super-continuum coherence on the fiber fractional Raman gain.

  13. High density THz frequency comb produced by coherent synchrotron radiation

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    Tammaro, S; Roy, P; Lampin, J -F; Ducournau, G; Cuisset, A; Hindle, F; Mouret, G

    2014-01-01

    Frequency combs (FC) have radically changed the landscape of frequency metrology and high-resolution spectroscopy investigations extending tremendously the achievable resolution while increasing signal to noise ratio. Initially developed in the visible and near-IR spectral regions, the use of FC has been expanded to mid-IR, extreme ultra-violet and X-ray. Significant effort is presently dedicated to the generation of FC at THz frequencies. One solution based on converting a stabilized optical frequency comb using a photoconductive terahertz emitter, remains hampered by the low available THz power. Another approach is based on active mode locked THz quantum-cascade-lasers providing intense FC over a relatively limited spectral extension. Alternatively, here we show that dense powerful THz FC is generated over one decade of frequency by coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR). In this mode, the entire ring behaves in a similar fashion to a THz resonator wherein electron bunches emit powerful THz pulses quasi-synch...

  14. Software reconfigurable highly flexible gain switched optical frequency comb source.

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    Pascual, M Deseada Gutierrez; Zhou, Rui; Smyth, Frank; Anandarajah, Prince M; Barry, Liam P

    2015-09-01

    The authors present the performance and noise properties of a software reconfigurable, FSR and wavelength tunable gain switched optical frequency comb source. This source, based on the external injection of a temperature tuned Fabry-Pérot laser diode, offers quasi-continuous wavelength tunability over the C-band (30nm) and FSR tunability ranging from 6 to 14GHz. The results achieved demonstrate the excellent spectral quality of the comb tones (RIN ~-130dB/Hz and low phase noise of 300kHz) and its outstanding stability (with fluctuations of the individual comb tones of less than 0.5dB in power and 5pm in wavelength, characterized over 24hours) highlighting its suitability for employment in next generation flexible optical transmission networks. PMID:26368425

  15. Invited Article: A compact optically coherent fiber frequency comb

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    Sinclair, L. C.; Deschênes, J.-D.; Sonderhouse, L.; Swann, W. C.; Khader, I. H.; Baumann, E.; Newbury, N. R.; Coddington, I.

    2015-08-01

    We describe the design, fabrication, and performance of a self-referenced, optically coherent frequency comb. The system robustness is derived from a combination of an optics package based on polarization-maintaining fiber, saturable absorbers for mode-locking, high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) detection of the control signals, and digital feedback control for frequency stabilization. The output is phase-coherent over a 1-2 μm octave-spanning spectrum with a pulse repetition rate of ˜200 MHz and a residual pulse-to-pulse timing jitter frequency-comb applications. Digital control enables phase coherent operation for over 90 h, critical for phase-sensitive applications such as timekeeping. We show that this phase-slip free operation follows the fundamental limit set by the SNR of the control signals. Performance metrics from three nearly identical combs are presented. This laptop-sized comb should enable a wide-range of applications beyond the laboratory.

  16. Demonstration of a near-IR line-referenced electro-optical laser frequency comb for precision radial velocity measurements in astronomy

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    Yi, X.; Vahala, K.; Li, J.; Diddams, S.; Ycas, G.; Plavchan, P.; Leifer, S.; Sandhu, J.; Vasisht, G.; Chen, P.; Gao, P.; Gagne, J.; Furlan, E.; Bottom, M.; Martin, E. C.; Fitzgerald, M. P.; Doppmann, G.; Beichman, C.

    2016-01-01

    An important technique for discovering and characterizing planets beyond our solar system relies upon measurement of weak Doppler shifts in the spectra of host stars induced by the influence of orbiting planets. A recent advance has been the introduction of optical frequency combs as frequency references. Frequency combs produce a series of equally spaced reference frequencies and they offer extreme accuracy and spectral grasp that can potentially revolutionize exoplanet detection. Here we demonstrate a laser frequency comb using an alternate comb generation method based on electro-optical modulation, with the comb centre wavelength stabilized to a molecular or atomic reference. In contrast to mode-locked combs, the line spacing is readily resolvable using typical astronomical grating spectrographs. Built using commercial off-the-shelf components, the instrument is relatively simple and reliable. Proof of concept experiments operated at near-infrared wavelengths were carried out at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the Keck-II telescope.

  17. Demonstration of a near-IR line-referenced electro-optical laser frequency comb for precision radial velocity measurements in astronomy.

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    Yi, X; Vahala, K; Li, J; Diddams, S; Ycas, G; Plavchan, P; Leifer, S; Sandhu, J; Vasisht, G; Chen, P; Gao, P; Gagne, J; Furlan, E; Bottom, M; Martin, E C; Fitzgerald, M P; Doppmann, G; Beichman, C

    2016-01-01

    An important technique for discovering and characterizing planets beyond our solar system relies upon measurement of weak Doppler shifts in the spectra of host stars induced by the influence of orbiting planets. A recent advance has been the introduction of optical frequency combs as frequency references. Frequency combs produce a series of equally spaced reference frequencies and they offer extreme accuracy and spectral grasp that can potentially revolutionize exoplanet detection. Here we demonstrate a laser frequency comb using an alternate comb generation method based on electro-optical modulation, with the comb centre wavelength stabilized to a molecular or atomic reference. In contrast to mode-locked combs, the line spacing is readily resolvable using typical astronomical grating spectrographs. Built using commercial off-the-shelf components, the instrument is relatively simple and reliable. Proof of concept experiments operated at near-infrared wavelengths were carried out at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the Keck-II telescope. PMID:26813804

  18. Envelope, group and phase velocities in a nested frequency comb

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    Masuda, Koji; Hendrie, James; Diels, Jean-Claude; Arissian, Ladan

    2016-05-01

    Fabry–Pérot etalons have been traditionally used in a laser cavity to tune the optical frequency. In this work we present the generation of interwoven frequency combs with insertion of an intracavity Fabry–Pérot in a mode-locked laser. A high frequency comb is generated by insertion of an uncoated (low finesse) Fabry–Pérot inside the laser cavity. The intracavity Fabry–Pérot acquires a high finesse from the laser cavity and the velocity of the pulses in the Fabry–Pérot is affected by the laser cavity length, gain and losses, with the dielectric group velocity dk/dΩ playing only a minor role. The output characteristics are explained by the condition that the radiation is simultaneously resonant with the etalon and the laser cavity.

  19. Performance of a laser frequency comb calibration system with a high-resolution solar echelle spectrograph

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    Doerr, H.-P.; Kentischer, T. J.; Steinmetz, T.; Probst, R. A.; Franz, M.; Holzwarth, R.; Udem, Th.; Hänsch, T. W.; Schmidt, W.

    2012-09-01

    Laser frequency combs (LFC) provide a direct link between the radio frequency (RF) and the optical frequency regime. The comb-like spectrum of an LFC is formed by exact equidistant laser modes, whose absolute optical frequencies are controlled by RF-references such as atomic clocks or GPS receivers. While nowadays LFCs are routinely used in metrological and spectroscopic fields, their application in astronomy was delayed until recently when systems became available with a mode spacing and wavelength coverage suitable for calibration of astronomical spectrographs. We developed a LFC based calibration system for the high-resolution echelle spectrograph at the German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), located at the Teide observatory, Tenerife, Canary Islands. To characterize the calibration performance of the instrument, we use an all-fiber setup where sunlight and calibration light are fed to the spectrograph by the same single-mode fiber, eliminating systematic effects related to variable grating illumination.

  20. Flexible radio-frequency photonics: Optoelectronic frequency combs and integrated pulse shaping

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    Metcalf, Andrew J.

    Microwave photonics is a discipline which leverages optoelectronics to enhance the generation, transport, and processing of high-frequency electrical signals. At the heart of many emerging techniques is the optical frequency comb. A comb is a lightwave source whose spectrum is made up of discrete equally spaced spectral components that share a fixed phase relationship. These discrete coherent oscillators --known as comb lines-- collectively form a Fourier basis that describe a periodic optical waveform. Within the last two decades frequency-stabilized broadband combs produced from mode-locked lasers have led to revolutionary advancements in precision optical frequency synthesis and metrology. Meanwhile, Fourier-transform optical pulse shaping, which provides a means to control a comb's Fourier basis in both amplitude and phase, has emerged as an integral tool in optical communications, broadband waveform generation, and microwave photonic filtering. However, traditional comb and pulse shaping architectures are often plagued by complex and bulky setups, rendering robust and cost effective implementation outside of the laboratory a challenge. In addition, traditional comb sources based on short-pulse lasers do not possess qualities which are ideally suited for this new application regime. Motivated by the shortcomings in current architectures, and empowered by recent advancements in optoelectronic technology, this dissertation focuses on developing novel and robust schemes in optical frequency comb generation and line-by-line pulse shaping. Our results include: the invention and low-noise characterization of a broadband flat-top comb source; the realization of an optoelectronic-based time cloak; and finally, the development of an integrated pulse shaper, which we use in conjunction with our flat-top comb source to demonstrate a rapidly reconfigurable microwave photonic filter.

  1. Micro-Doppler Frequency Comb Generation by Axially Rotating Scatterers

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    Kozlov, Vitali; Yankelevich, Yefim; Ginzburg, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    Electromagnetic scattering in accelerating reference frames inspires a variety of phenomena, requiring employment of general relativity for their description. While the quasi-stationary field analysis could be applied to slowly-accelerating bodies as a first-order approximation, the scattering problem remains fundamentally nonlinear in boundary conditions, giving rise to multiple frequency generation (micro-Doppler shifts). Here a frequency comb, generated by an axially rotating subwavelength (cm-range) wire and split ring resonator (SRR), is analyzed theoretically and observed experimentally by illuminating the system with a 2GHz carrier wave. Highly accurate lock in detection scheme enables factorization of the carrier and observation of more than ten peaks in a comb. The Hallen integral equation is employed for deriving the currents induced on the scatterer at rest and a set of coordinate transformations, connecting laboratory and rotating frames, is applied in order to predict the spectral positions and a...

  2. Frequency comb formation in doubly resonant second-harmonic generation

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    Leo, F; Ricciardi, I; De Rosa, M; Coen, S; Wabnitz, S; Erkintalo, M

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically study the generation of optical frequency combs and corresponding pulse trains in doubly resonant intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG). We find that, despite the large temporal walk-off characteristic of realistic cavity systems, the nonlinear dynamics can be accurately and efficiently modelled using a pair of coupled mean-field equations. Through rigorous stability analysis of the system's steady-state continuous wave solutions, we demonstrate that walk-off can give rise to a new, previously unexplored regime of temporal modulation instability (MI). Numerical simulations performed in this regime reveal rich dynamical behaviours, including the emergence of temporal patterns that correspond to coherent optical frequency combs. We also demonstrate that the two coupled equations that govern the doubly resonant cavity behaviour can, under typical conditions, be reduced to a single mean-field equation akin to that describing the dynamics of singly resonant cavity SHG [F. Leo et al., Phys. ...

  3. Infrared frequency combs and supercontinua for multiplex high sensitivity spectroscopy

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    Mandon, Julien; Sorokina, Irina T; Guelachvili, Guy; Picqué, Nathalie

    2007-01-01

    An infrared high-brightness light source based on supercontinuum generation through a SF6 photonic crystal fiber seeded by a Cr^4+:YAG femtosecond oscillator is developed for high resolution multiplex spectroscopy in the 1.5 $\\mu$m region. Moreover, a multiplex high resolution approach based on a Cr^4+:YAG frequency comb enables to probe large spectral domains, with simultaneous sensitive measurement of the absorption and the dispersion associated with all individual spectral features.

  4. Frequency combs with weakly lasing exciton-polariton condensates

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    Rayanov, K.; Altshuler, B. L.; Rubo, Y. G.; Flach, S.

    2015-01-01

    We predict the spontaneous modulated emission from a pair of exciton-polariton condensates due to coherent (Josephson) and dissipative coupling. We show that strong polariton-polariton inter- action generates complex dynamics in the weak-lasing domain way beyond Hopf bifurcations. As a result, the exciton-polariton condensates exhibit self-induced oscillations and emit an equidistant frequency comb light spectrum. A plethora of possible emission spectra with asymmetric peak dis- tributions ap...

  5. Generation of a frequency comb and applications thereof

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    Hagmann, Mark J; Yarotski, Dmitry A

    2013-12-03

    Apparatus for generating a microwave frequency comb (MFC) in the DC tunneling current of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) by fast optical rectification, cause by nonlinearity of the DC current vs. voltage curve for the tunneling junction, of regularly-spaced, short pulses of optical radiation from a focused mode-locked, ultrafast laser, directed onto the tunneling junction, is described. Application of the MFC to high resolution dopant profiling in semiconductors is simulated. Application of the MFC to other measurements is described.

  6. Mid-Infrared Optical Frequency Combs based on Difference Frequency Generation for Molecular Spectroscopy

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    Cruz, Flavio C; Johnson, Todd; Ycas, Gabriel; Klose, Andrew; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R; Coddington, Ian; Diddams, Scott A

    2015-01-01

    Mid-infrared femtosecond optical frequency combs were produced by difference frequency generation of the spectral components of a near-infrared comb in a 3-mm-long MgO:PPLN crystal. We observe strong pump depletion and 9.3 dB parametric gain in the 1.5 \\mu m signal, which yields powers above 500 mW (3 \\mu W/mode) in the idler with spectra covering 2.8 \\mu m to 3.5 \\mu m. Potential for broadband, high-resolution molecular spectroscopy is demonstrated by absorption spectra and interferograms obtained by heterodyning two combs.

  7. Bottle microresonator broadband and low repetition rate frequency comb generator

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    Dvoyrin, V

    2016-01-01

    We propose a new type of broadband and low repetition rate frequency comb generator which has the shape of an elongated and nanoscale-shallow optical bottle microresonator created at the surface of an optical fiber. The free spectral range (FSR) of the broadband azimuthal eigenfrequency series of this resonator is the exact multiple of the FSR of the dense and narrowband axial series. The effective radius variation of the microresonator is close to a parabola with a nanoscale height which is greater or equal to lambda/2pi*n0 (here lambda is the characteristic radiation wavelength and n0 is the refractive index of the microresonator material). Overall, the microresonator possesses a broadband, small FSR, and accurately equidistant spectrum convenient for the generation of a broadband and low repetition rate optical frequency comb. It is shown that this comb can be generated by pumping with a cw laser, which radiation frequency matches a single axial eigenfrequency of the microresonator, or, alternatively, by p...

  8. Coherent Raman spectro-imaging with laser frequency combs.

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    Ideguchi, Takuro; Holzner, Simon; Bernhardt, Birgitta; Guelachvili, Guy; Picqué, Nathalie; Hänsch, Theodor W

    2013-10-17

    Advances in optical spectroscopy and microscopy have had a profound impact throughout the physical, chemical and biological sciences. One example is coherent Raman spectroscopy, a versatile technique interrogating vibrational transitions in molecules. It offers high spatial resolution and three-dimensional sectioning capabilities that make it a label-free tool for the non-destructive and chemically selective probing of complex systems. Indeed, single-colour Raman bands have been imaged in biological tissue at video rates by using ultra-short-pulse lasers. However, identifying multiple, and possibly unknown, molecules requires broad spectral bandwidth and high resolution. Moderate spectral spans combined with high-speed acquisition are now within reach using multichannel detection or frequency-swept laser beams. Laser frequency combs are finding increasing use for broadband molecular linear absorption spectroscopy. Here we show, by exploring their potential for nonlinear spectroscopy, that they can be harnessed for coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and spectro-imaging. The method uses two combs and can simultaneously measure, on the microsecond timescale, all spectral elements over a wide bandwidth and with high resolution on a single photodetector. Although the overall measurement time in our proof-of-principle experiments is limited by the waiting times between successive spectral acquisitions, this limitation can be overcome with further system development. We therefore expect that our approach of using laser frequency combs will not only enable new applications for nonlinear microscopy but also benefit other nonlinear spectroscopic techniques. PMID:24132293

  9. Steering optical comb frequency by rotating polarization state

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    Zhang, Y; Zhang, X F; Zhang, L; Han, W; Guo, W; Jiang, H; Zhang, S

    2016-01-01

    Optical frequency combs, with precise control of repetition rate and carrier-envelope-offset frequency, have revolutionized many fields, such as fine optical spectroscopy, optical frequency standards, ultra-fast science research, ultra-stable microwave generation and precise ranging measurement. However, existing high bandwidth frequency control methods have small dynamic range, requiring complex hybrid control techniques. To overcome this limitation, we develop a new approach, where a home-made intra-cavity electro-optic modulator tunes polarization state of laser signal rather than only optical length of the cavity, to steer frequencies of a nonlinear-polarization-rotation mode-locked laser. By taking advantage of birefringence of the whole cavity, this approach results in not only broadband but also relative large-dynamic frequency control. Experimental results show that frequency control dynamic range increase at least one order in comparison with the traditional intra-cavity electro-optic modulator techn...

  10. Optical frequency comb technology for ultra-broadband radio-frequency photonics

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    Torres-Company, Victor

    2014-01-01

    The outstanding phase-noise performance of optical frequency combs has led to a revolution in optical synthesis and metrology, covering a myriad of applications, from molecular spectroscopy to laser ranging and optical communications. However, the ideal characteristics of an optical frequency comb are application dependent. In this review, the different techniques for the generation and processing of high-repetition-rate (>10 GHz) optical frequency combs with technologies compatible with optical communication equipment are covered. Particular emphasis is put on the benefits and prospects of this technology in the general field of radio-frequency photonics, including applications in high-performance microwave photonic filtering, ultra-broadband coherent communications, and radio-frequency arbitrary waveform generation.

  11. Repetition rate multiplication of a femtosecond frequency comb

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    Lešundák, Adam; Šmíd, Radek; Voigt, D.; Čížek, Martin; van den Berg, S.; Číp, Ondřej

    Bellingham: SPIE, 2015, 94501L: 1-9. ISBN 9781628415667. ISSN 0277-786X. [Photonics, Devices, and Systems /6./. Prague (CZ), 27.08.2014-29.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR(CZ) GPP102/12/P962; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Fabry-Perot cavity * laser frequency comb * repetition rate multiplication Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  12. Wide and stable optical frequency comb in an intensity-modulated continuous wave pumped optical fiber

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    This paper investigates how to obtain a wide and stable optical frequency comb in an intensity-modulated continuous-wave pumped optical fiber by straightforwardly characterizing the signal-to-noise ratio and analyzing the optimal fiber length. The stability of the obtained optical frequency comb is analyzed by a method which is similar to the eye pattern. The prospect for obtaining wider and more stable optical frequency combs is discussed. (paper)

  13. Coherent frequency combs produced by self frequency modulation in quantum cascade lasers

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    Khurgin, J. B.; Dikmelik, Y. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Hugi, A.; Faist, J. [Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 16, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

    2014-02-24

    One salient characteristic of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is its very short τ ∼ 1 ps gain recovery time that so far thwarted the attempts to achieve self-mode locking of the device into a train of single pulses. We show theoretically that four wave mixing, combined with the short gain recovery time causes QCL to operate in the self-frequency-modulated regime characterized by a constant power in time domain and stable coherent comb in the frequency domain. Coherent frequency comb may enable many potential applications of QCL's in sensing and measurement.

  14. Coherent Frequency Combs produced by Self Frequency Modulation in Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    Khurgin, Jacob; Hugi, Andreas; Faist, Jerome

    2013-01-01

    One salient characteristic of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is its very shor gain recovery time that so far thwarted the attempts to achieve self-mode locking of the device into a train of single pulses. We show theoretically that four wave mixing, combined with the short gain recovery time causes QCL to operate in the self-frequency-modulated regime characterized by a constant power in time domain and stable coherent comb in the frequency domain.Coherent frequency comb may enable many potential applications of QCL in sensing and measurement.

  15. Development of femtosecond optical frequency comb laser tracker

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    Yang, Ju-qing; Zhou, Wei-hu; Dong, Deng-feng; Zhang, Zi-li; Lao, Da-bao; Ji, Rong-yi; Wang, Da-yong

    2016-01-01

    A new type femtosecond laser tracker is one high precision measurement instrument with urgent need in science research region and industrial manufacture field. This paper focuses on the operational principle and the structure development of the femtosecond laser tracer, and the method of error compensation as well. The system modules were studied and constructed. The femtosecond frequency comb module was firstly analyzed and developed. The femtosecond laser frequency comb performed perfectly high precise distance measurement for laser tracker. The experimental result showed that the stability of repetition rate reached 3.0×10-12@1s and the stability of carrier envelop offset reached 1.0×10-10@1s. The initial experiment showed that measurement error was less than 1ppm. Later the error compensation module was introduced, and the optoelectronic aiming and tracking control module was built. The actual test result showed that the stability of miss distance was better than 2.0 μm, the tracking speed could reach 2m/s.

  16. Mid-IR frequency measurement using an optical frequency comb and a long-distance remote frequency reference

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    Chanteau, Bruno; Zhang, Wei; Santarelli, Giorgio; Coq, Yann Le; Auguste, Frédéric; Darquié, Benoît; Chardonnet, Christian; Amy-Klein, Anne

    2012-01-01

    We have built a frequency chain which enables to measure the absolute frequency of a laser emitting in the 28-31 THz frequency range and stabilized onto a molecular absorption line. The set-up uses an optical frequency comb and an ultrastable 1.55 $\\mu$m frequency reference signal, transferred from LNE-SYRTE to LPL through an optical link. We are now progressing towards the stabilization of the mid-IR laser via the frequency comb and the extension of this technique to quantum cascade lasers. Such a development is very challenging for ultrahigh resolution molecular spectroscopy and fundamental tests of physics with molecules.

  17. Tunable frequency combs based on dual microring resonators

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    Miller, Steven A; Ramelow, Sven; Luke, Kevin; Dutt, Avik; Farsi, Alessandro; Gaeta, Alexander L; Lipson, Michal

    2015-01-01

    In order to achieve efficient parametric frequency comb generation in microresonators, external control of coupling between the cavity and the bus waveguide is necessary. However, for passive monolithically integrated structures, the coupling gap is fixed and cannot be externally controlled, making tuning the coupling inherently challenging. We design a dual-cavity coupled microresonator structure in which tuning one ring resonance frequency induces a change in the overall cavity coupling condition. We demonstrate wide extinction tunability with high efficiency by engineering the ring coupling conditions. Additionally, we note a distinct dispersion tunability resulting from coupling two cavities of slightly different path lengths, and present a new method of modal dispersion engineering. Our fabricated devices consist of two coupled high quality factor silicon nitride microresonators, where the extinction ratio of the resonances can be controlled using integrated microheaters. Using this extinction tunability...

  18. Stabilized chip-scale Kerr frequency comb via a high-Q reference photonic microresonator

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    Lim, Jinkang; Huang, Shu-Wei; Vinod, Abhinav K.; Mortazavian, Parastou; Yu, Mingbin; Kwong, Dim-Lee; Savchenkov, Anatoliy A.; Matsko, Andrey B.; Maleki, Lute; Wong, Chee Wei

    2016-08-01

    We stabilize a chip-scale Si3N4 phase-locked Kerr frequency comb via locking the pump laser to an independent stable high-Q reference microresonator and locking the comb spacing to an external microwave oscillator. In this comb, the pump laser shift induces negligible impact on the comb spacing change. This scheme is a step towards miniaturization of the stabilized Kerr comb system as the microresonator reference can potentially be integrated on-chip. Fractional instability of the optical harmonics of the stabilized comb is limited by the microwave oscillator used for comb spacing lock below 1 s averaging time and coincides with the pump laser drift in the long term.

  19. A stabilized chip-scale Kerr frequency comb via a high-Q reference photonic microresonator

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    Lim, Jinkang; Vinod, Abhinav K; Mortazavian, Parastou; Yu, Mingbin; Kwong, Dim-Lee; Savchenkov, Anatoliy A; Matsko, Andrey B; Maleki, Lute; Wong, Chee Wei

    2016-01-01

    We stabilize a chip-scale Si3N4 phase-locked Kerr frequency comb via locking the pump laser to an independent stable high-Q reference microresonator and locking the comb spacing to an external microwave oscillator. In this comb, the pump laser shift induces negligible impact on the comb spacing change. This scheme is a step towards miniaturization of the stabilized Kerr comb system as the microresonator reference can potentially be integrated on-chip. Fractional instability of the optical harmonics of the stabilized comb is limited by the microwave oscillator used for comb spacing lock below 1 s averaging time and coincides with the pump laser drift in the long term.

  20. Dual-etalon, cavity-ring-down, frequency comb spectroscopy.

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    Strecker, Kevin E.; Chandler, David W.

    2010-10-01

    The 'dual etalon frequency comb spectrometer' is a novel low cost spectometer with limited moving parts. A broad band light source (pulsed laser, LED, lamp ...) is split into two beam paths. One travels through an etalon and a sample gas, while the second arm is just an etalon cavity, and the two beams are recombined onto a single detector. If the free spectral ranges (FSR) of the two cavities are not identical, the intensity pattern at the detector with consist of a series of heterodyne frequencies. Each mode out of the sample arm etalon with have a unique frequency in RF (radio-frequency) range, where modern electronics can easily record the signals. By monitoring these RF beat frequencies we can then determine when an optical frequencies is absorbed. The resolution is set by the FSR of the cavity, typically 10 MHz, with a bandwidth up to 100s of cm{sup -1}. In this report, the new spectrometer is described in detail and demonstration experiments on Iodine absorption are carried out. Further we discuss powerful potential next generation steps to developing this into a point sensor for monitoring combustion by-products, environmental pollutants, and warfare agents.

  1. Characterization of a DFG comb showing quadratic scaling of the phase noise with frequency.

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    Puppe, Thomas; Sell, Alexander; Kliese, Russell; Hoghooghi, Nazanin; Zach, Armin; Kaenders, Wilhelm

    2016-04-15

    We characterize an Er:fiber laser frequency comb that is passively carrier envelope phase-stabilized via difference frequency generation at a wavelength of 1550 nm. A generic method to measure the comb linewidth at different wavelengths is demonstrated. By transferring the properties of a comb line to a cw external cavity diode laser, the phase noise is subsequently measured by tracking the delayed self-heterodyne beat note. This relatively simple characterization method is suitable for a broad range of optical frequencies. Here, it is used to characterize our difference frequency generation (DFG) comb over nearly an optical octave. With repetition-rate stabilization, a radiofrequency reference oscillator limited linewidth is achieved. A lock to an optical reference shows out-of-loop linewidths of the comb at the hertz level. The phase noise measurements are in excellent agreement with the elastic tape model with a fix point at zero frequency. PMID:27082368

  2. Time-Delay Interferometry with optical frequency comb

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    Tinto, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Heterodyne laser phase measurements in a space-based gravitational wave interferometer are degraded by the phase fluctuations of the onboard clocks, resulting in unacceptable sensitivity performance levels of the interferometric data. In order to calibrate out the clock phase noises it has been previously suggested that additional inter-spacecraft phase measurements must be performed by modulating the laser beams. This technique, however, considerably increases system complexity and probability of subsystem failure. With the advent of self-referenced optical frequency combs, it is possible to generate the heterodyne microwave signal that is coherently referenced to the onboard laser. We show in this case that the microwave noise can be cancelled directly by applying modified second-generation Time-Delay Interferometric combinations to the heterodyne phase measurements. This approach avoids use of modulated laser beams as well as the need of additional ultra-stable oscillator clocks.

  3. High-Resolution Displacement Measurement using a Femtosecond Frequency Comb

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    Číp, Ondřej; Šmíd, Radek; Čížek, Martin; Mikel, Břetislav; Buchta, Zdeněk; Lazar, Josef

    Düsseldorf: VDI Verlag GmbH, 2011, s. 313-319. ISBN 978-3-18-092156-3. ISSN 0083-5560. [IMEKO Symposium - Laser Metrology for Precision Measurement and Inspection in Industry 2011 /10./. Braunschweig (DE), 12.09.2011-14.09.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GP102/09/P293; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06007; GA ČR GP102/09/P630 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : Fabry-Perot cavity * femtosecond frequency comb Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  4. Direct Frequency Comb Measurement of OD + CO -> DOCO Kinetics

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    Bjork, Bryce J; Heckl, Oliver H; Changala, P Bryan; Spaun, Ben; Heu, Paula; Follman, David; Deutsch, Christoph; Cole, Garrett D; Aspelmeyer, Markus; Okumura, Mitchio; Ye, Jun

    2016-01-01

    The kinetics of the OH + CO reaction, fundamental to both atmospheric and combustion chemistry, are complex due to the formation of the HOCO intermediate. Despite extensive studies on this reaction, HOCO has not been observed at thermal reaction conditions. Exploiting the sensitive, broadband, and high-resolution capabilities of time-resolved cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy, we observe OD + CO reaction kinetics with the detection of stabilized trans-DOCO, the deuterated analogue of trans-HOCO, and its yield. By simultaneously measuring the time-dependent concentrations of both trans-DOCO and OD species, we observe unambiguous low-pressure termolecular dependence on the reaction rate coefficients for both N2 and CO bath gases. These results confirm the HOCO formation mechanism and quantify its yield.

  5. Coherent Raman spectro-imaging with laser frequency combs

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    Ideguchi, Takuro; Bernhardt, Birgitta; Guelachvili, Guy; Picqué, Nathalie; Hänsch, Theodor W

    2013-01-01

    Optical spectroscopy and imaging of microscopic samples have opened up a wide range of applications throughout the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. High chemical specificity may be achieved by directly interrogating the fundamental or low-lying vibrational energy levels of the compound molecules. Amongst the available prevailing label-free techniques, coherent Raman scattering has the distinguishing features of high spatial resolution down to 200 nm and three-dimensional sectioning. However, combining fast imaging speed and identification of multiple - and possibly unexpected- compounds remains challenging: existing high spectral resolution schemes require long measurement times to achieve broad spectral spans. Here we overcome this difficulty and introduce a novel concept of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectro-imaging with two laser frequency combs. We illustrate the power of our technique with high resolution (4 cm-1) Raman spectra spanning more than 1200 cm-1 recorded within le...

  6. Raman-assisted coherent, mid-infrared frequency combs in silicon microresonators

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    Griffith, Austin G; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Cardenas, Jaime; Mohanty, Aseema; Gaeta, Alexander L; Lipson, Michal

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the first low-noise mid-IR frequency comb source using a silicon microresonator. Our observation of strong Raman scattering lines in the generated comb suggests that Raman and four-wave mixing interactions play a role in assisting the transition to the low-noise state. In addition, we characterize, the intracavity comb generation dynamics using an integrated PIN diode, which takes advantage of the inherent three-photon absorption process in silicon.

  7. Operation of an optically coherent frequency comb outside the metrology lab

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    Sinclair, Laura C; Swann, William C; Rieker, Greg B; Hati, Archita; Iwakuni, Kana; Newbury, Nathan R

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a self-referenced fiber frequency comb that can operate outside the well-controlled optical laboratory. The frequency comb has residual optical linewidths of < 1 Hz, sub-radian residual optical phase noise, and residual pulse-to-pulse timing jitter of 2.4 - 5 fs, when locked to an optical reference. This fully phase-locked frequency comb has been successfully operated in a moving vehicle with 0.5 g peak accelerations and on a shaker table with a sustained 0.5 g rms integrated acceleration, while retaining its optical coherence and 5-fs-level timing jitter. This frequency comb should enable metrological measurements outside the laboratory with the precision and accuracy that are the hallmarks of comb-based systems. Work of the U.S. government, not subject to copyright

  8. Dual-frequency comb generation with differing GHz repetition rates by parallel Fabry–Perot cavity filtering of a single broadband frequency comb source

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    Mildner, Jutta; Meiners-Hagen, Karl; Pollinger, Florian

    2016-07-01

    We present a dual-comb-generator based on a coupled Fabry–Perot filtering cavity doublet and a single seed laser source. By filtering a commercial erbium-doped fiber-based optical frequency comb with CEO-stabilisation and 250 MHz repetition rate, two broadband coherent combs of different repetition rates in the GHz range are generated. The filtering doublet consists of two Fabry–Perot cavities with a tunable spacing and Pound–Drever–Hall stabilisation scheme. As a prerequisite for the development of such a filtering unit, we present a method to determine the actual free spectral range and transmission bandwidth of a Fabry–Perot cavity in situ. The transmitted beat signal of two diode lasers is measured as a function of their tunable frequency difference. Finally, the filtering performance and resulting beat signals of the heterodyned combs are discussed as well as the optimisation measures of the whole system.

  9. A direct frequency comb for two-photon transition spectroscopy in a cesium vapor

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    Zhang Yi-Chi; Wu Ji-Zhou; Li Yu-Qing; Jin Li; Ma Jie; Wang Li-Rong; Zhao Yan-Ting; Xiao Lian-Tuan; Jia Suo-Tang

    2012-01-01

    A phase-stabilized femtosecond frequency comb is used to measure high-resolution spectra of two-photon transition 62S1/2-62P1/2,3/2-82S1/2 in a cesium vapor.The broadband laser output from a femtosecond frequency comb is split into counter-propagating parts,shaped in an original way,and focused into a room-temperature cesium vapor.We obtain high-resolution two-photon spectroscopy by scanning the repetition rate of femtosecond frequency comb,and through absolute frequency measurements.

  10. Spectral linewidth preservation in parametric frequency combs seeded by dual pumps.

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    Tong, Zhi; Wiberg, Andreas O J; Myslivets, Evgeny; Kuo, Bill P P; Alic, Nikola; Radic, Stojan

    2012-07-30

    We demonstrate new technique for generation of programmable-pitch, wideband frequency combs with low phase noise. The comb generation was achieved using cavity-less, multistage mixer driven by two tunable continuous-wave pump seeds. The approach relies on phase-correlated continuous-wave pumps in order to cancel spectral linewidth broadening inherent to parametric comb generation. Parametric combs with over 200-nm bandwidth were obtained and characterized with respect to phase noise scaling to demonstrate linewidth preservation over 100 generated tones. PMID:23038314

  11. Second-harmonic mode coupling in microresonator-based optical frequency comb generation

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    Xue, Xiaoxiao; Xuan, Yi; Jaramillo-Villegas, Jose A; Wang, Pei-Hsun; Leaird, Daniel E; Erkintalo, Miro; Qi, Minghao; Weiner, Andrew M

    2016-01-01

    Microresonator-based optical frequency comb (microcomb) generation can potentially achieve ultra-compact volume and low power consumption for portable applications. The comb formation is a consequence of cascaded four-wave-mixing due to the third-order Kerr nonlinearity. Mode coupling can affect the comb self-starting and mode-locking behaviors, resulting in complex dynamics that is far from well understood. Understanding the mechanism of mode coupling in comb generation proves highly important to achieve stable and robust microcomb sources. Here, we report a nonlinear mode coupling mechanism in microresonators with simultaneous second- and third-order nonlinearities. The nonlinear dynamics governed by the third-order nonlinearity is altered by second-harmonic mode coupling. As a demonstration of this effect, second-harmonic assisted coherent comb generation is achieved in the normal dispersion region, where comb creation is prohibited in the absence of mode coupling. Since second-order nonlinearity has been ...

  12. Gaussian-shaped Optical Frequency Comb Generation for Microwave Photonic Filtering

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    Wu, Rui; Hamidi, Ehsan; Supradeepa, V R; Song, Min Hyup; Leaird, Daniel E; Weiner, Andrew M

    2011-01-01

    Using only electro-optic modulators, we generate a 41-line 10-GHz Gaussian-shaped optical frequency comb. We use this comb to demonstrate apodized microwave photonic filters with greater than 43-dB sidelobe suppression without the need for a pulse shaper.

  13. Broadband Kerr frequency combs and intracavity soliton dynamics influenced by high-order cavity dispersion

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    Wang, Shaofei; Guo, Hairun; Bai, Xuekun;

    2014-01-01

    We numerically investigate the influence of high-order dispersion (HOD) on temporal and spectral characteristics of microresonator-based optical frequency combs. Theoretical analysis based on the moment method associated with numerical simulations are utilized to study the comb evolution dynamics...

  14. Efficient frequency comb generation in AlGaAs-on-insulator

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    Pu, Minhao; Ottaviano, Luisa; Semenova, Elizaveta;

    2016-01-01

    The combination of nonlinear and integrated photonics enables Kerr frequency comb generation in stable chip-based microresonators. Such a comb system will revolutionize applications, including multi-wavelength lasers, metrology, and spectroscopy. Aluminum gallium arsenide (AlGaAs) exhibits very h...

  15. Precision spectroscopy with a frequency-comb-calibrated solar spectrograph

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    Doerr, H.-P.

    2015-06-01

    The measurement of the velocity field of the plasma at the solar surface is a standard diagnostic tool in observational solar physics. Detailed information about the energy transport as well as on the stratification of temperature, pressure and magnetic fields in the solar atmosphere are encoded in Doppler shifts and in the precise shape of the spectral lines. The available instruments deliver data of excellent quality and precision. However, absolute wavelength calibration in solar spectroscopy was so far mostly limited to indirect methods and in general suffers from large systematic uncertainties of the order of 100 m/s. During the course of this thesis, a novel wavelength calibration system based on a laser frequency comb was deployed to the solar Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), Tenerife, with the goal of enabling highly accurate solar wavelength measurements at the level of 1 m/s on an absolute scale. The frequency comb was developed in a collaboration between the Kiepenheuer-Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg, Germany and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany. The efforts cumulated in the new prototype instrument LARS (Lars is an Absolute Reference Spectrograph) for solar precision spectroscopy which is in preliminary scientific operation since~2013. The instrument is based on the high-resolution echelle spectrograph of the VTT for which feed optics based on single-mode optical fibres were developed for this project. The setup routinely achieves an absolute calibration accuracy of 60 cm/s and a repeatability of 2.5 cm/s. An unprecedented repeatability of only 0.32 cm/s could be demonstrated with a differential calibration scheme. In combination with the high spectral resolving power of the spectrograph of 7x10^5 and virtually absent internal scattered light, LARS provides a spectral purity and fidelity that previously was the domain of Fourier-transform spectrometers only. The instrument therefore provides unique capabilities for

  16. Astronomical optical frequency comb generation and test in a fiber-fed MUSE spectrograph

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    Chavez Boggio, J. M.; Fremberg, T.; Moralejo, B.; Rutowska, M.; Hernandez, E.; Zajnulina, M.; Kelz, A.; Bodenmüller, D.; Sandin, C.; Wysmolek, M.; Sayinc, H.; Neumann, J.; Haynes, R.; Roth, M. M.

    2014-07-01

    We here report on recent progress on astronomical optical frequency comb generation at innoFSPEC-Potsdam and present preliminary test results using the fiber-fed Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) spectrograph. The frequency comb is generated by propagating two free-running lasers at 1554.3 and 1558.9 nm through two dispersionoptimized nonlinear fibers. The generated comb is centered at 1590 nm and comprises more than one hundred lines with an optical-signal-to-noise ratio larger than 30 dB. A nonlinear crystal is used to frequency double the whole comb spectrum, which is efficiently converted into the 800 nm spectral band. We evaluate first the wavelength stability using an optical spectrum analyzer with 0.02 nm resolution and wavelength grid of 0.01 nm. After confirming the stability within 0.01 nm, we compare the spectra of the astro-comb and the Ne and Hg calibration lamps: the astro-comb exhibits a much larger number of lines than lamp calibration sources. A series of preliminary tests using a fiber-fed MUSE spectrograph are subsequently carried out with the main goal of assessing the equidistancy of the comb lines. Using a P3d data reduction software we determine the centroid and the width of each comb line (for each of the 400 fibers feeding the spectrograph): equidistancy is confirmed with an absolute accuracy of 0.4 pm.

  17. Long-path atmospheric measurements using dual frequency comb measurements

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    Waxman, Eleanor; Cossel, Kevin; Truong, Gar-Wing; Giorgetta, Fabrizio; Swann, William; Coddington, Ian; Newbury, Nathan

    2016-04-01

    The dual frequency comb spectrometer is a new tool for performing atmospheric trace gas measurements. This instrument is capable of measuring carbon dioxide, methane, and water with extremely high resolution in the region between 1.5 and 2.1 microns in the near-IR. It combines the high resolution of a laboratory-based FTIR instrument with the portability of a long-path DOAS system. We operate this instrument at path lengths of a few kilometers, thus bridging the spatial resolution of in-situ point sensors and the tens of square kilometer footprints of satellites. This spatial resolution is ideal for measuring greenhouse gas emissions from cities. Here we present initial long-path integrated column measurements of the greenhouse gases water, carbon dioxide, and methane in an urban environment. We present a time series with 5 minute time resolution over a 2 kilometer path in Boulder, Colorado at the urban-rural interface. We validate this data via a comparison with an in-situ greenhouse gas monitor co-located along the measurement path and show that we agree well on the baseline concentration but that we are significantly less sensitive to local point source emission that have high temporal variability, making this instrument ideal for measurements of average city-wide emissions. We additionally present progress towards measurements over an 11 kilometer path over downtown Boulder to measure the diurnal flux of greenhouse gases across the city.

  18. Harnessing high-dimensional hyperentanglement through a biphoton frequency comb

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    Xie, Zhenda; Shrestha, Sajan; Xu, XinAn; Liang, Junlin; Gong, Yan-Xiao; Bienfang, Joshua C; Restelli, Alessandro; Shapiro, Jeffrey H; Wong, Franco N C; Wong, Chee Wei

    2015-01-01

    Quantum entanglement is a fundamental resource for secure information processing and communications, where hyperentanglement or high-dimensional entanglement has been separately proposed towards high data capacity and error resilience. The continuous-variable nature of the energy-time entanglement makes it an ideal candidate for efficient high-dimensional coding with minimal limitations. Here we demonstrate the first simultaneous high-dimensional hyperentanglement using a biphoton frequency comb to harness the full potential in both energy and time domain. The long-postulated Hong-Ou-Mandel quantum revival is exhibited, with up to 19 time-bins, 96.5% visibilities. We further witness the high-dimensional energy-time entanglement through Franson revivals, which is observed periodically at integer time-bins, with 97.8% visibility. This qudit state is observed to simultaneously violate the generalized Bell inequality by up to 10.95 deviations while observing recurrent Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt S-parameters up to...

  19. Microwave and RF Applications for Micro-resonator based Frequency Combs

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    Nguyen, Thach G; Ferrera, Marcello; Pasquazi, Alessia; Peccianti, Marco; Chu, Sai T; Little, Brent E; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J

    2015-01-01

    Photonic integrated circuits that exploit nonlinear optics in order to generate and process signals all-optically have achieved performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. We review the recent achievements based in new CMOS-compatible platforms that are better suited than SOI for nonlinear optics, focusing on radio frequency (RF) and microwave based applications that exploit micro-resonator based frequency combs. We highlight their potential as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement. We review recent work on a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb. The comb is generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contr...

  20. Enhancement of two-photon transition rate by selectively removing certain frequency comb teeth

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    Zhang, Shuangyou; Zhao, Jianye

    2015-01-01

    We present experiments demonstrating an enhancement of resonant two-photon transition rate in 87Rb utilizing spectral phase manipulation of the excitation frequency comb. By selectively removing certain comb teeth, the resonant two-photon transition rate can be improved, and reach a factor of more than 1.8. The femtosecond pulse-train excitation of two-photon transition is investigated theoretically based on general multiphoton transitions and the results are compared with the experiments. The theory presented here gives a clear insight of physical mechanism of this quantum coherent control and indicates that it is simple, effective and universal for nonlinear interactions between frequency combs and matters.

  1. Evaluating the coherence and time-domain profile of quantum cascade laser frequency combs.

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    Burghoff, David; Yang, Yang; Hayton, Darren J; Gao, Jian-Rong; Reno, John L; Hu, Qing

    2015-01-26

    Recently, much attention has been focused on the generation of optical frequency combs from quantum cascade lasers. We discuss how fast detectors can be used to demonstrate the mutual coherence of such combs, and present an inequality that can be used to quantitatively evaluate their performance. We discuss several technical issues related to shifted wave interference Fourier Transform spectroscopy (SWIFTS), and show how such measurements can be used to elucidate the time-domain properties of such combs, showing that they can possess signatures of both frequency-modulation and amplitude-modulation. PMID:25835878

  2. Optical frequency comb generation from aluminum nitride micro-ring resonator

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    Jung, Hojoong; Xiong, Chi; Fong, King Y.; Zhang, Xufeng; Hong X. Tang

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum nitride is an appealing nonlinear optical material for on-chip wavelength conversion. Here we report optical frequency comb generation from high quality factor aluminum nitride micro-ring resonators integrated on silicon substrates. By engineering the waveguide structure to achieve near-zero dispersion at telecommunication wavelengths and optimizing the phase matching for four-wave mixing, frequency combs are generated with a single wavelength continuous-wave pump laser. The Kerr coe...

  3. DWDM Fiber-Wireless Access System with Centralized Optical Frequency Comb-based RF Carrier Generation

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    Pang, Xiaodan; Beltrán, Marta; Sánchez, José;

    2013-01-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate an optical wireless DWDM system at 60 GHz with optical incoherent heterodyne up-conversion using an optical frequency comb. Multiple users with wireline and wireless services are simultaneously supported.......We propose and experimentally demonstrate an optical wireless DWDM system at 60 GHz with optical incoherent heterodyne up-conversion using an optical frequency comb. Multiple users with wireline and wireless services are simultaneously supported....

  4. Generation of optical frequencies out of the frequency comb of a femtosecond laser for DWDM telecommunication

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    We exploit the frequency comb of a fs laser as the frequency ruler to generate reference optical frequencies for multi-channel DWDM (dense wavelength-division-multiplexing) telecommunication. Our fiber-based scheme of single-mode extraction enables on-demand generation of optical frequencies within the telecommunication band with an absolute frequency uncertainty of 9.1×10-13. The linewidth of extracted optical modes is less than 1 Hz, and the instability is measured 2.3×10-15 at 10 s averaging. This outstanding performance of optical frequency generation would lead to a drastic improvement of the spectral efficiency for the next-generation DWDM telecommunication

  5. Photonic chip based optical frequency comb using soliton induced Cherenkov radiation

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    Brasch, Victor; Geiselmann, Michael; Lihachev, Grigoriy; Pfeiffer, Martin H P; Gorodetsky, Michael L; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2014-01-01

    By continuous wave pumping of a dispersion engineered, planar silicon nitride microresonator, continuously circulating, sub-30fs short temporal dissipative solitons are generated, that correspond to pulses of 6 optical cycles and constitute a coherent optical frequency comb in the spectral domain. Emission of soliton induced Cherenkov radiation caused by higher order dispersion broadens the spectral bandwidth to 2/3 of an octave, sufficient for self referencing, in excellent agreement with recent theoretical predictions and the broadest coherent microresonator frequency comb generated to date. The ability to preserve coherence over a broad spectral bandwidth using soliton induced Cherenkov radiation marks a critical milestone in the development of planar optical frequency combs, enabling on one hand application in e.g. coherent communications, broadband dual comb spectroscopy and Raman spectral imaging, while on the other hand significantly relaxing dispersion requirements for broadband microresonator frequen...

  6. Quantum Correlations, Entanglement, and Squeezed States of Light in Kerr Optical Frequency Combs

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    Chembo, Yanne K

    2014-01-01

    The dynamical behavior of Kerr optical frequency combs is very well understood today from the perspective of the semi-classical approximation. In this article, we provide a theoretical understanding of the phenomena of quantum correlations, multimode entanglement and squeezed states of light that can occur in these frequency combs when quantum noise is accounted for. We prove that for all stationary spatio-temporal patterns, the side-modes that are symmetrical relatively to the central (pumped) mode in the frequency domain display quantum correlations that can lead to squeezed states of light under some optimal conditions that are analytically determined. We show that these quantum correlations can persist regardless the dynamical state of the system (rolls or solitons), regardless of the spectral extension of the comb (number sidemodes), and regardless of the dispersion regime (normal or anomalous). We study with particular emphasis the two principal architectures for Kerr comb generation, namely the add-thr...

  7. Generation of multiple optical frequencies referenced to a frequency comb for precision free-space frequency transfer

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    Chun, Byung Jae; Kang, Hyun Jay; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2016-03-01

    Generating multiple optical frequencies referenced to the frequency standard is an important task in optical clock dissemination and optical communication. An apparatus for frequency-comb-referenced generation of multiple optical frequencies is demonstrated for high-precision free-space transfer of multiple optical frequencies. The relative linewidth and frequency instability at each channel corresponds to sub-1 Hz and 1.06×10-15 at 10 s averaging time, respectively. During the free-space transfer, the refractive index change of transmission media caused by atmospheric turbulences induces phase and frequency noise on optical frequencies. These phase and frequency noise causes induced linewidth broadening and frequency shift in optical frequencies which can disturb the accurate frequency transfer. The proposed feedback loop with acousto-optic modulator can monitor and compensate phase/frequency noise on optical frequencies. As a result, a frequency-comb-referenced single optical mode is compensated with a high signal to noise ratio (SNR) of 80 dB. By sharing the same optical paths, this feedback loop is confirmed to be successfully transferred to the neighboring wavelength channels (a 100 GHz spaced channel). This result confirms our proposed system can transfer optical frequencies to the remote site in free-space without performance degradation.

  8. Mid-infrared frequency comb based on a quantum cascade laser.

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    Hugi, Andreas; Villares, Gustavo; Blaser, Stéphane; Liu, H C; Faist, Jérôme

    2012-12-13

    Optical frequency combs act as rulers in the frequency domain and have opened new avenues in many fields such as fundamental time metrology, spectroscopy and frequency synthesis. In particular, spectroscopy by means of optical frequency combs has surpassed the precision and speed of Fourier spectrometers. Such a spectroscopy technique is especially relevant for the mid-infrared range, where the fundamental rotational-vibrational bands of most light molecules are found. Most mid-infrared comb sources are based on down-conversion of near-infrared, mode-locked, ultrafast lasers using nonlinear crystals. Their use in frequency comb spectroscopy applications has resulted in an unequalled combination of spectral coverage, resolution and sensitivity. Another means of comb generation is pumping an ultrahigh-quality factor microresonator with a continuous-wave laser. However, these combs depend on a chain of optical components, which limits their use. Therefore, to widen the spectroscopic applications of such mid-infrared combs, a more direct and compact generation scheme, using electrical injection, is preferable. Here we present a compact, broadband, semiconductor frequency comb generator that operates in the mid-infrared. We demonstrate that the modes of a continuous-wave, free-running, broadband quantum cascade laser are phase-locked. Combining mode proliferation based on four-wave mixing with gain provided by the quantum cascade laser leads to a phase relation similar to that of a frequency-modulated laser. The comb centre carrier wavelength is 7 micrometres. We identify a narrow drive current range with intermode beat linewidths narrower than 10 hertz. We find comb bandwidths of 4.4 per cent with an intermode stability of less than or equal to 200 hertz. The intermode beat can be varied over a frequency range of 65 kilohertz by radio-frequency injection. The large gain bandwidth and independent control over the carrier frequency offset and the mode spacing

  9. Calibration of an astrophysical spectrograph below 1 m/s using a laser frequency comb

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    Phillips, D.F.; Glenday, A. G.; Sasselov, D.; Szentgyorgyi, A.; Walsworth, R.L.; Li, C. -H.; Cramer, C; Furesz, G.; Chang, G; Benedick, A. J.; Chen, L.-J.; Kärtner, F. X.; Korzennik, S.

    2012-01-01

    We deployed two wavelength calibrators based on laser frequency combs (“astro-combs”) at an astronomical telescope. One astro- comb operated over a 100 nm band in the deep red (∼ 800 nm) and a second operated over a 20 nm band in the blue (∼ 400 nm). We used these red and blue astro-combs to calibrate a high-resolution astrophysical spectrograph integrated with a 1.5 m telescope, and demonstrated calibration precision and stability sufficient to enable detection of changes in stellar radial v...

  10. Generation of platicons and frequency combs in optical microresonators with normal GVD by modulated pump

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    Lobanov, Valery E; Gorodetsky, Michael L

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that flat-topped dissipative solitonic pulses, platicons, and corresponding frequency combs can be excited in optical microresonators with normal group velocity dispersion using either amplitude modulation of the pump or bichromatic pump. Soft excitation may occur in particular frequency range if modulation depth is large enough and modulation frequency is close to the free spectral range of the microresonator.

  11. Optical Frequency Combs From Semiconductor Lasers and Applications in Ultrawideband Signal Processing and Communications

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    Delfyett, Peter J.; Gee, Sangyoun; Choi, Myoung-Taek; Izadpanah, Hossein; Lee, Wangkuen; Ozharar, Sarper; Quinlan, Franklyn; Yilmaz, Tolga

    2006-07-01

    Modelocked semiconductor lasers are used to generate a set of phase-locked optical frequencies on a periodic grid. The periodic and phase coherent nature of the optical frequency combs makes it possible for the realization of high-performance optical and RF arbitrary-waveform synthesis. In addition, the resulting optical frequency components can be used for communication applications relying on direct detection, dense wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), coherent-detection WDM, optical time-division multiplexing, and optical code division multiple access. This paper highlights the recent results in the use of optical frequency combs generated from semiconductors for ultrawideband signal processing and communication applications.

  12. Evaluating the performance of the NPL femtosecond frequency combs: Agreement at the $10^{-21}$ level

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    Johnson, L A M; Margolis, H S

    2014-01-01

    Results are presented from a series of comparisons between two independent femtosecond frequency comb systems at NPL, which were carried out in order to assess their systematic uncertainty. Simultaneous measurements with the two systems demonstrate agreement at the level of 5 x $10^{-18}$ when measuring an optical frequency against a common microwave reference. When simultaneously measuring the ratio of two optical frequencies, agreement at the 3 x $10^{-21}$ level is observed. The results represent the highest reported level of agreement to date between Ti:sapphire and Er-doped femtosecond combs. The limitations of the combs when operating in these two different manners are discussed, including traceability to the SI second, which can be achieved with an uncertainty below 1 x $10^{-16}$. The technical details presented underpin recent absolute frequency measurements of the $^{88}$Sr$^+$ and $^{171}$Yb$^+$ optical clock transitions at NPL, as well as a frequency ratio measurement between the two optical clock...

  13. Recent developments in fiber-based optical frequency comb and its applications

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    Fiber-based optical frequency combs, characterized by compact configuration and outstanding optical properties, have been developed into state-of-the-art precision instruments which are no longer used just for optical frequency metrology, but for a number of applications, including optical clocks, attosecond science, exoplanet searches, medical diagnostics, physicochemical processes control and advanced manufacturing. This short perspective presents some of the milestones and highlights in the evolution of fiber-based optical frequency combs and the technical revolution that are brought by them for a wide range of applications. Along the way, both the challenges and opportunities in the future development of the fiber-based optical frequency comb technology have been described as well. (review article)

  14. Recent developments in fiber-based optical frequency comb and its applications

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    Xia, Wei; Chen, Xuzong

    2016-04-01

    Fiber-based optical frequency combs, characterized by compact configuration and outstanding optical properties, have been developed into state-of-the-art precision instruments which are no longer used just for optical frequency metrology, but for a number of applications, including optical clocks, attosecond science, exoplanet searches, medical diagnostics, physicochemical processes control and advanced manufacturing. This short perspective presents some of the milestones and highlights in the evolution of fiber-based optical frequency combs and the technical revolution that are brought by them for a wide range of applications. Along the way, both the challenges and opportunities in the future development of the fiber-based optical frequency comb technology have been described as well.

  15. Microwave and RF applications for micro-resonator based frequency combs

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    Nguyen, Thach G.; Shoeiby, Mehrdad; Ferrera, Marcello; Pasquazi, Alessia; Peccianti, Marco; Chu, Sai T.; Little, Brent E.; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J.

    2016-02-01

    Photonic integrated circuits that exploit nonlinear optics in order to generate and process signals all-optically have achieved performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. We review the recent achievements based in new CMOS-compatible platforms that are better suited than SOI for nonlinear optics, focusing on radio frequency (RF) and microwave based applications that exploit micro-resonator based frequency combs. We highlight their potential as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement. We review recent work on a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb. The comb is generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response.

  16. On-chip frequency comb generation at visible wavelengths via simultaneous second- and third-order optical nonlinearities.

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    Miller, Steven; Luke, Kevin; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Cardenas, Jaime; Gaeta, Alexander L; Lipson, Michal

    2014-11-01

    Microresonator-based frequency comb generation at or near visible wavelengths would enable applications in precise optical clocks, frequency metrology, and biomedical imaging. Comb generation in the visible has been limited by strong material dispersion and loss at short wavelengths, and only very narrowband comb generation has reached below 800 nm. We use the second-order optical nonlinearity in an integrated high-Q silicon nitride ring resonator cavity to convert a near-infrared frequency comb into the visible range. We simultaneously demonstrate parametric frequency comb generation in the near-infrared, second-harmonic generation, and sum-frequency generation. We measure 17 comb lines converted to visible wavelengths extending to 765 nm. PMID:25401803

  17. Generation of a coherent near-infrared Kerr frequency comb in a monolithic microresonator with normal GVD

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    Liang, Wei; Ilchenko, Vladimir S; Eliyahu, Danny; Seidel, David; Matsko, Andrey B; Maleki, Lute

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate experimentally, and explain theoretically, generation of a wide, fundamentally phase locked Kerr frequency comb in a nonlinear resonator with a normal group velocity dispersion. A magnesium fluoride whispering gallery resonator characterized with 10 GHz free spectral range and pumped either at 780 nm 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 phases of the generated harmonics are fixed.

  18. Experimental observation of coherent cavity soliton frequency combs in silica microspheres

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    Webb, Karen E; Coen, Stéphane; Murdoch, Stuart G

    2016-01-01

    We report on the experimental observation of coherent cavity soliton frequency combs in silica microspheres. Specifically, we demonstrate that careful alignment of the microsphere relative to the coupling fiber taper allows for the suppression of higher-order spatial modes, reducing mode interactions and enabling soliton formation. Our measurements show that the temporal cavity solitons have sub-100-fs durations, exhibit considerable Raman self-frequency shift, and generally come in groups of three or four, occasionally with equidistant spacing in the time domain. RF amplitude noise measurements and spectral interferometry confirm the high coherence of the observed soliton frequency combs, and numerical simulations show good agreement with experiments.

  19. Optical frequency comb generation from aluminum nitride micro-ring resonator

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    Jung, Hojoong; Fong, King Y; Zhang, Xufeng; Tang, Hong X

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum nitride is an appealing nonlinear optical material for on-chip wavelength conversion. Here we report optical frequency comb generation from high quality factor aluminum nitride micro-ring resonators integrated on silicon substrates. By engineering the waveguide structure to achieve near-zero dispersion at telecommunication wavelengths and optimizing the phase matching for four-wave mixing, frequency combs are generated with a single wavelength continuous-wave pump laser. The Kerr coefficient (n2) of aluminum nitride is further extracted from our experimental results.

  20. Parallel fiber amplifiers with carrier–envelope drift control for coherent combination of optical frequency combs

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    We demonstrated an active feed-forward method for compensating the relative phase drifts of fiber optical amplifiers. The frequency drifts of relative phase noise were well controlled in a variation range from ± 15 Hz of free-running, to approximately ± 1.5 Hz between the amplifier input and output. Coherent combination of two femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplifiers seeded by a Ti:S comb oscillator was achieved, which would benefit frequency comb combination to achieve high accuracy and high power. (paper)

  1. Integrated frequency comb source based Hilbert transformer for wideband microwave photonic phase analysis.

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    Nguyen, Thach G; Shoeiby, Mehrdad; Chu, Sai T; Little, Brent E; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb, generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response. PMID:26368182

  2. Application of Laser Frequency Combs and Nitrogen Vacancy Diamond Magnetometers to Searches for New Physics

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    Phillips, D. F.; Walsworth, R. L.

    2014-01-01

    Searches for new physics often benefit from improved technologies. Here we discuss possible applications of two emerging technologies to searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. First, laser frequency combs enable broad spectral coverage and coherent conversion between optical and RF signals. We are investigating tests of the nonminimal Standard-Model Extension using frequency combs coupled to broadband optical cavities. Second, nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond enable precision nanoscale magnetometry with applications from imaging to quantum science. We are investigating their use in searches for short-range spin-spin couplings.

  3. Optical fiber strain sensor using fiber resonator based on frequency comb Vernier spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Liang; Lu, Ping; Chen, Li;

    2012-01-01

    A novel (to our best knowledge) optical fiber strain sensor using a fiber ring resonator based on frequency comb Vernier spectroscopy is proposed and demonstrated. A passively mode-locked optical fiber laser is employed to generate a phased-locked frequency comb. Strain applied to the optical fiber...... of the fiber ring resonator can be measured with the transmission spectrum. A good linearity is obtained between displacement and the inverse of wavelength spacing with an R2 of 0.9989, and high sensitivities better than 40  pm/με within the range of 0 to 10  με are achieved. The sensitivity can be...

  4. Length and refractive index measurement by Fourier transform interferometry and frequency comb spectroscopy

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    In this paper we describe the progress we have made in our simultaneous length measurement and the femtosecond comb interferometric spectroscopy in a conventional arrangement with a moving mirror. Scanning and detection over an interval longer than the distance between two consecutive pulses of the frequency comb allow for a spectral resolution of the individual frequency modes of the comb. Precise knowledge of comb mode frequency leads to a precise estimation of the spectral characteristics of inspected phenomena. Using the pulse train of the frequency comb allows for measurement with highly unbalanced lengths of interferometer arms, i.e. an absolute long distance measurement. Further, we present a non-contact (double sided) method of measurement of the length/thickness of plane-parallel objects (gauge blocks, glass samples) by combining the fs comb (white light) with single frequency laser interferometry. The position of a fringe packet is evaluated by estimating the stationary phase position for any wavelength in the spectral band used. The repeatability of this position estimation is a few nanometres regardless of whether dispersion of the arms is compensated (transform limited fringe packet ∼10 fringes FWHM) or highly different (fringe packet stretched to >200 fringes FWHM). The measurement of steel gauge block by this method was compared with the standard method, and deviation (+13 ± 12) nm for gauge blocks (2 to 100) mm was found. The measurement of low reflecting ceramic gauges or clear glass samples was also tested. In the case of glass, it becomes possible to measure simultaneously both the thickness and the refractive index (and dispersion) of flat samples. (paper)

  5. Green, red and IR frequency comb line generation from single IR pump in AlN microring resonator

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    Jung, Hojoong; Guo, Xiang; Fischer, Debra; Tang, Hong X

    2014-01-01

    On-chip frequency comb generations enable compact broadband sources for spectroscopic sensing and precision spectroscopy. Recent microcomb studies focus on infrared spectral regime and have difficulty in accessing visible regime. Here, we demonstrate comb-like visible frequency line generation through second, third harmonic, and sum frequency conversion of a Kerr comb within a high Q aluminum nitride microring resonator pumped by a single telecom laser. The strong power enhancement, in conjunction with the unique combination of Pockels and Kerr optical nonlinearity of aluminum nitride, leads to cascaded frequency conversions in the visible spectrum. High-resolution spectroscopic study of the visible frequency lines indicates matched free spectrum range over all the bands. This frequency doubling and tripling effect in a single microcomb structure offers great potential for comb spectroscopy and self-referencing comb.

  6. Modelocking and Femtosecond Pulse Generation in Chip-Based Frequency Combs

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    Saha, Kasturi; Shim, Bonggu; Levy, Jacob S; Foster, Mark A; Salem, Reza; Johnson, Adrea R; Lamont, Michael R E; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2012-01-01

    Development of ultrashort pulse sources has had an immense impact on condensed-matter physics, biomedical imaging, high-field physics, frequency metrology, telecommunications, nonlinear optics, and molecular spectroscopy. Although numerous advancements of such sources have been made, it remains a challenge to create a highly compact, robust platform capable of producing femtosecond pulses over a wide range of wavelengths, durations, and repetition rates. Recent observations of frequency comb generation via cascaded parametric oscillation in microresonators11 suggest a path for achieving this goal. Here we investigate the temporal and spectral properties of parametric combs generated in silicon-nitride microresonators and observe a transition to passive modelocking of the comb consistent with soliton-pulse formation, resulting in the generation of 160-fs pulses at a 99-GHz repetition rate. This platform offers the prospect of producing pulses from 10 fs to a few ps at repetition rates from 10 GHz to > 1 THz an...

  7. Theoretical calculation of the rotational excitation probability of the lithium chloride molecule in terahertz frequency combs

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    We investigated how the pulse parameters of optical frequency combs affect the rotational excitation probability of the lithium chloride (7Li37Cl) molecule. Time evolution of the rotational population distribution was calculated by the close-coupling method. It was confirmed that the rotational excitation is restricted owing to the centrifugal distortion of the rotating molecule. (author)

  8. Continuous Vernier filtering of an optical frequency comb for broadband cavity-enhanced molecular spectroscopy

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    Rutkowski, Lucile

    2016-01-01

    We have recently introduced the Vernier-based Direct Frequency Comb Cavity-Enhanced Spectroscopy technique and we present the corresponding formalism for quantitative broadband spectroscopy. We achieve high sensitivity and broadband performance by acquiring spectra covering more than 2000 cm$^{-1}$ around 12600 cm$^{-1}$ (800 nm), resolving the 3$\

  9. High-bandwidth transfer of phase stability through a fiber frequency comb

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    Scharnhorst, Nils; Hannig, Stephan; Jakobsen, Kornelius; Kramer, Johannes; Leroux, Ian D; Schmidt, Piet O

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate phase locking of a 729 nm diode laser to a 1542 nm master laser via an erbium-doped-fiber frequency comb. Thanks to a transfer-oscillator feedforward scheme which suppresses the effect of comb noise in an unprecedented 1.8 MHz bandwidth, the phase lock requires no pre-stabilization of the slave diode laser. We illustrate the performance of the system by carrying out coherent manipulations of a trapped calcium ion with a fidelity in excess of 99% even at few-microsecond timescales.

  10. Dual optical frequency comb architecture with capabilities from visible to mid-infrared.

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    Jerez, Borja; Martín-Mateos, Pedro; Prior, Estefanía; de Dios, Cristina; Acedo, Pablo

    2016-06-27

    In this paper, a new approach to dual comb generation based on well-known optical techniques (Gain-Switching and Optical Injection Locking) is presented. The architecture can be implemented using virtually every kind of continuous-wave semiconductor laser source (DFB, VCSEL, QCL) and without the necessity of electro-optic modulators. This way, a frequency-agile and adaptive dual-comb architecture is provided with potential implementation capabilities from mid-infrared to near ultraviolet. With a RF comb comprising around 70 teeth, the system is validated in the 1.5 μm region measuring the absorption feature of H13CN at 1538.523 nm with a minimum integration time of 10 μs. PMID:27410649

  11. Surpassing the Path-Limited Resolution of a Fourier Transform Spectrometer with Frequency Combs

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    Maslowski, Piotr; Johansson, Alexandra C; Khodabakhsh, Amir; Kowzan, Grzegorz; Rutkowski, Lucile; Mills, Andrew A; Mohr, Christian; Jiang, Jie; Fermann, Martin E; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra

    2015-01-01

    Fourier transform spectroscopy based on incoherent light sources is a well-established tool in research fields from molecular spectroscopy and atmospheric monitoring to material science and biophysics. It provides broadband molecular spectra and information about the molecular structure and composition of absorptive media. However, the spectral resolution is fundamentally limited by the maximum delay range ({\\Delta}$_{max}$) of the interferometer, so acquisition of high-resolution spectra implies long measurement times and large instrument size. We overcome this limit by combining the Fourier transform spectrometer with an optical frequency comb and measuring the intensities of individual comb lines by precisely matching the {\\Delta}$_{max}$ to the comb line spacing. This allows measurements of absorption lines narrower than the nominal (optical path-limited) resolution without ringing effects from the instrumental lineshape and reduces the acquisition time and interferometer length by orders of magnitude.

  12. Solar radial velocity variations and the search for Venus enabled by a laser frequency comb

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    Phillips, David F.; Dumusque, Xavier; Li, Chih-Hao; Glenday, Alexander; Sasselov, Dimitar; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew; Walsworth, Ronald L.

    2016-05-01

    We have recently demonstrated 50 cm/s sensitivity in measuring the radial velocity (RV) between the Earth and Sun using a simple, compact solar telescope feeding the HARPS-N spectrograph at the Italian National Telescope calibrated with our green astro-comb. The green astro-comb is a laser frequency comb optimized for calibrating astrophysical spectrographs. We have been operating the solar telescope to detect the RV signal of the Sun as a star for the past year both to study RV jitter associated with stellar (solar) fluctuations and to demonstrate sensitivity of these instruments to detect terrestrial exoplanets. In this talk I will present results from calibrating the HARPS-N exoplanet searcher spectrograph, solar RV stability, and the current status of our search for the signature of Venus.

  13. Numerical investigation into the injection-locking phenomena of gain switched lasers for optical frequency comb generation

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    We present detailed numerical simulations of the laser dynamics that describe optical frequency comb formation by injection-locking a gain-switched laser. The typical rate equations for semiconductor lasers including stochastic carrier recombination and spontaneous emission suffice to show the injection-locking behavior of gain switched lasers, and we show how the optical frequency comb evolves starting from the free-running state, right through the final injection-locked state. Unlike the locking of continuous wave lasers, we show that the locking range for gain switched lasers is considerably greater because injection locking can be achieved by injecting at frequencies close to one of the comb lines. The quality of the comb lines is formally assessed by calculating the frequency modulation (FM)-noise spectral density and we show that under injection-locking conditions the FM-noise spectral density of the comb lines tend to that of the maser laser

  14. Absolute frequency and isotope shift of the magnesium (3 s2) 1S0→(3 s 3 d ) 1D2 two-photon transition by direct frequency-comb spectroscopy

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    Peters, E.; Reinhardt, S.; Hänsch, Th. W.; Udem, Th.

    2015-12-01

    We use a picosecond frequency-doubled mode-locked titanium sapphire laser to generate a frequency comb at 431 nm in order to probe the (3 s2) 1S0 →(3 s 3 d ) 1D2 transition in atomic magnesium. Using a second, self-referenced femtosecond frequency comb, the absolute transition frequency and the 24Mg and 26Mg isotope shift is determined relative to a global-positioning-system-referenced hydrogen maser. Our result for the transition frequency of the main isotope 24Mg of 1 391 128 606.14 (12 ) MHz agrees with previous measurements and reduces its uncertainty by four orders of magnitude. For the isotope shift we find δ ν26 ,24=3915.13 (39 ) MHz. Accurate values for transition frequencies in Mg are relevant in astrophysics and to test atomic structure calculations.

  15. Measurement of the Yb I $^1S_0 - ^1P_1$ transition frequency at 399 nm using an optical frequency comb

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    Kleinert, Michaela; Bergeson, Scott D

    2016-01-01

    We determine the frequency of the Yb I $^1S_0 - ^1P_1$ transition at 399 nm using an optical frequency comb. Although this transition was measured previously using an optical transfer cavity [D. Das et al., Phys. Rev. A 72, 032506 (2005)], recent work has uncovered significant errors in that method. We compare our result of 750 526 533.49 $\\pm$ 0.33 MHz for the Yb-174 isotope with those from the literature and discuss observed differences. We verify the correctness of our method by measuring the frequencies of well-known transitions in Rb and Cs, and by demonstrating proper control of systematic errors in both laser metrology and atomic spectroscopy. We also demonstrate the effect of quantum interference due to hyperfine structure in a divalent atomic system.

  16. A stabilized 18 GHz chip-scale optical frequency comb at 2.8x10-16 relative inaccuracy

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    Huang, S -W; Yu, M; McGuyer, B H; Kwong, D -L; Zelevinsky, T; Wong, C W

    2015-01-01

    Optical frequency combs, coherent light sources that connect optical frequencies with microwave oscillations, have become the enabling tool for precision spectroscopy, optical clockwork and attosecond physics over the past decades. Current benchmark systems are self-referenced femtosecond mode-locked lasers, but four-wave-mixing in high-Q resonators have emerged as alternative platforms. Here we report the generation and full stabilization of CMOS-compatible optical frequency combs. The spiral microcomb's two degrees-of-freedom, one of the comb line and the native 18 GHz comb spacing, are first simultaneously phase-locked to known optical and microwave references. Second, with pump power control, active comb spacing stabilization improves the long-term stability by six orders-of-magnitude, reaching an instrument-limited 3.6 mHz/sqrt(t) residual instability. Third, referencing thirty-three of the nitride frequency comb lines against a fiber comb, we demonstrate the comb tooth-to-tooth frequency relative inaccu...

  17. The Impact of Dispersion on Amplitude and Frequency Noise in a Yb-fiber Laser Comb

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    Nugent-Glandorf, Lora; Kobayashi, Yohei; Diddams, Scott A

    2011-01-01

    We describe a Yb-fiber based laser comb, with a focus on the relationship between net-cavity dispersion and the frequency noise on the comb. While tuning the net cavity dispersion from anomalous to normal, we measure the amplitude noise (RIN), offset frequency (f_CEO) linewidth, and the resulting frequency noise spectrum on f_CEO. We find that the laser operating at zero net-cavity dispersion has many advantages, including an approximately 100x reduction in free-running f_CEO linewidth and frequency noise power spectral density between laser operation at normal and zero dispersion. In this latter regime, we demonstrate a phase-locked f_CEO beat with low residual noise.

  18. Photonic chip-based optical frequency comb using soliton Cherenkov radiation.

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    Brasch, V; Geiselmann, M; Herr, T; Lihachev, G; Pfeiffer, M H P; Gorodetsky, M L; Kippenberg, T J

    2016-01-22

    Optical solitons are propagating pulses of light that retain their shape because nonlinearity and dispersion balance each other. In the presence of higher-order dispersion, optical solitons can emit dispersive waves via the process of soliton Cherenkov radiation. This process underlies supercontinuum generation and is of critical importance in frequency metrology. Using a continuous wave-pumped, dispersion-engineered, integrated silicon nitride microresonator, we generated continuously circulating temporal dissipative Kerr solitons. The presence of higher-order dispersion led to the emission of red-shifted soliton Cherenkov radiation. The output corresponds to a fully coherent optical frequency comb that spans two-thirds of an octave and whose phase we were able to stabilize to the sub-Hertz level. By preserving coherence over a broad spectral bandwidth, our device offers the opportunity to develop compact on-chip frequency combs for frequency metrology or spectroscopy. PMID:26721682

  19. Generation of green frequency comb from chirped χ{sup (2)} nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Lai, C.-M. [Department of Electronic Engineering, Ming Chuan University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Chang, K.-H.; Yang, Z.-Y.; Fu, S.-H.; Tsai, S.-T.; Hsu, C.-W.; Peng, L.-H. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Yu, N. E. [Advanced Photonics Research Institute, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Boudrioua, A. [LPL, CNRS - UMR 7538, Université Paris 13, Sorbone Paris Cité (France); Kung, A. H. [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Institute of Photonics Technologies, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China)

    2014-12-01

    Spectrally broad frequency comb generation over 510–555 nm range was reported on chirped quasi-phase-matching (QPM) χ{sup (2)} nonlinear photonic crystals of 12 mm length with periodicity stepwise increased from 5.9 μm to 7.1 μm. When pumped with nanosecond infrared (IR) frequency comb derived from a QPM optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and spanned over 1040 nm to 1090 nm wavelength range, the 520 nm to 545 nm up-converted green spectra were shown to consist of contributions from (a) second-harmonic generation among the signal or the idler modes, and (b) sum-frequency generation (SFG) from the neighboring pairs of the signal or the idler modes. These mechanisms led the up-converted green frequency comb to have the same mode spacing of 450 GHz as that in the IR-OPO pump comb. As the pump was further detuned from the aforementioned near-degeneracy point and moved toward the signal (1020–1040 nm) and the idler (1090–1110 nm) spectral range, the above QPM parametric processes were preserved in the chirped QPM devices to support up-converted green generation in the 510–520 nm and the 545–555 nm spectral regime. Additional 530–535 nm green spectral generation was also observed due to concurrence of multi-wavelength SFG processes between the (signal, idler) mode pairs. These mechanisms facilitate the chirped QPM device to support a single-pass up-conversion efficiency ∼10% when subject to an IR-OPO pump comb with 200 mW average power operated near- or off- the degeneracy point.

  20. Modelocking and Femtosecond Pulse Generation in Chip-Based Frequency Combs

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    Saha, Kasturi; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Shim, Bonggu; Levy, Jacob S.; Salem, Reza; Johnson, Adrea R.; Foster, Mark A.; Lamont, Michael R. E.; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L.

    2012-01-01

    Development of ultrashort pulse sources has had an immense impact on condensed-matter physics, biomedical imaging, high-field physics, frequency metrology, telecommunications, nonlinear optics, and molecular spectroscopy. Although numerous advancements of such sources have been made, it remains a challenge to create a highly compact, robust platform capable of producing femtosecond pulses over a wide range of wavelengths, durations, and repetition rates. Recent observations of frequency comb ...

  1. Chipscale optical frequency combs: from soliton physics to coherent communication (Conference Presentation)

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    Brasch, Victor; Geiselmann, Michael; Herr, Tobias; Lihachev, Grigoriy; Pfeiffer, Martin H. P.; Gorodetsky, Michael L.; Kippenberg, Tobias J.

    2016-04-01

    In our experiment we use silicon nitride waveguides embedded in silicon dioxide on a silicon chip. The cross section of the waveguide is approximately 1.8µm width by 0.8µm height and the ring resonator has a radius of 120µm. This resonator is coupled to a bus waveguide that is used to couple the continuous wave pump light into the resonator and the light from the resonator out again. The pump laser is an amplified diode laser which provides around 2W of pump power in the bus waveguide on the photonic chip. If the pump light is in resonance with one of the resonances of the resonator we can generate a frequency comb from the pump light via the Kerr nonlinearity of the material. The spacing in between the lines of the frequency comb is close to the free spectral range of the resonator, which is 190 GHz for the resonator used. By tuning the pump laser through the resonance and modulating the power of the pump light we can achieve a stable state with a pulsed-shape waveform circulating inside the microresonator. These states are known as dissipative Kerr soliton states and they are solutions to the Lugiato-Lefever equation, which describes the nonlinear physics of the system. So far they had been experimentally demonstrated in fiber-ring cavities as well as crystalline microresonators. The main benefits of these states for Kerr frequency combs is that they allow for low-noise but broadband frequency combs with low modulation in the spectrum. In our case we report a 3-dB bandwidth of 10THz which is equivalent to sub-30fs pulses inside the resonator. Because of the chosen geometry of the waveguide cross section we also observe an effect which is caused by higher-order dispersion. Higher-order dispersion are terms that describe the dispersion beyond the quadratic group velocity dispersion. In order for dissipative Kerr solitons to form, anomalous group velocity dispersion is required. If higher-order terms are present as well, the soliton can still exist but additional

  2. Observation of Rb Two-Photon Absorption Directly Excited by an Erbium-Fiber-Laser-Based Optical Frequency Comb via Spectral Control

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    Wu, Jiutao; Hou, Dong; Dai, Xiaoliang; Qin, Zhengyu; Zhang, Zhigang; Zhao, Jianye

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrated the observation of Rb two-photon absorption directly excided by an optical frequency comb at fiber communication bands. A chain of comb spectral control is elaborately implemented to increase the power of the second harmonic optical frequency comb generation and the two-photon transition strength. A two-photon transition spectrum is obtained with clearly resolved transition lines. It provides a potential approach to realize the optical frequency comb or optical clock at ~1.5{\\...

  3. Dual-pump Kerr Micro-cavity Optical Frequency Comb with varying FSR spacing

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    Wang, Weiqiang; Chu, Sai T.; Little, Brent E.; Pasquazi, Alessia; Wang, Yishan; Wang, Leiran; Zhang, Wenfu; Wang, Lei; Hu, Xiaohong; Wang, Guoxi; Hu, Hui; Su, Yulong; Li, Feitao; Liu, Yuanshan; Zhao, Wei

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a novel dual-pump approach to generate robust optical frequency comb with varying free spectral range (FSR) spacing in a CMOS-compatible high-Q micro-ring resonator (MRR). The frequency spacing of the comb can be tuned by an integer number FSR of the MRR freely in our dual-pump scheme. The dual pumps are self-oscillated in the laser cavity loop and their wavelengths can be tuned flexibly by programming the tunable filter embedded in the cavity. By tuning the pump wavelength, broadband OFC with the bandwidth of >180 nm and the frequency-spacing varying from 6 to 46-fold FSRs is realized at a low pump power. This approach could find potential and practical applications in many areas, such as optical metrology, optical communication, and signal processing systems, for its excellent flexibility and robustness. PMID:27338250

  4. a New Broadband Cavity Enhanced Frequency Comb Spectroscopy Technique Using GHz Vernier Filtering.

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    Morville, Jérôme; Rutkowski, Lucile; Dobrev, Georgi; Crozet, Patrick

    2015-06-01

    We present a new approach to Cavity Enhanced - Direct Frequency Comb Spectroscopy where the full emission bandwidth of a Titanium:Sapphire laser is exploited at GHz resolution. The technique is based on a low-resolution Vernier filtering obtained with an appreciable -actively stabilized- mismatch between the cavity Free Spectral Range and the laser repetition rate, using a diffraction grating and a split-photodiode. This particular approach provides an immunity to frequency-amplitude noise conversion, reaching an absorption baseline noise in the 10-9 cm-1 range with a cavity finesse of only 3000. Spectra covering 1800 cm-1 (˜ 55 THz) are acquired in recording times of about 1 second, providing an absorption figure of merit of a few 10-11 cm-1/√{Hz}. Initially tested with ambient air, we report progress in using the Vernier frequency comb method with a discharge source of small radicals. Rutkowski et al, Opt. Lett., 39(23)2014

  5. Unified approach to cascaded stimulated Brillouin scattering and frequency-comb generation

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    Dong, Mark; Winful, Herbert G.

    2016-04-01

    We present a unified approach to cascaded stimulated Brillouin scattering and frequency-comb generation in which the multitude of interacting pump, Stokes, and anti-Stokes optical fields is described by a single forward wave and a single backward wave at a single carrier frequency. The envelopes of these two waves are modulated through coupling to a single acoustic oscillation and through four-wave mixing. Starting from a single pump field, we observe the emergence of a comb of frequencies as the intensity is increased. The set of three differential equations derived here is sufficient to describe the generation of any number of Brillouin sidebands in oscillator systems that would have required hundreds of coupled equations in the standard approach. We test this approach on some published experiments and find excellent agreement with the results.

  6. Generation of a 650 nm - 2000 nm Laser Frequency Comb based on an Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser

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    Ycas, Gabriel; Diddams, Scott A

    2012-01-01

    We present a laser frequency comb based upon a 250 MHz mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser that spans more than 300 terahertz of bandwidth, from 660 nm to 2000 nm. The system generates 1.2 nJ, 70 fs pulses at 1050 nm by amplifying the 1580 nm laser light in Er:fiber, followed by nonlinear broadening to 1050 nm and amplification in Yb:fiber. Extension of the frequency comb into the visible is achieved by supercontinuum generation from the 1050 nm light. Comb coherence is verified with cascaded f-2f interferometry and comparison to a frequency stabilized laser.

  7. A stabilized 18 GHz chip-scale optical frequency comb at 2.8x10-16 relative inaccuracy

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    Huang, S.-W.; Yang, J.; Yu, M.; McGuyer, B. H.; Kwong, D. -L.; Zelevinsky, T.; Wong, C. W.

    2015-01-01

    Optical frequency combs, coherent light sources that connect optical frequencies with microwave oscillations, have become the enabling tool for precision spectroscopy, optical clockwork and attosecond physics over the past decades. Current benchmark systems are self-referenced femtosecond mode-locked lasers, but four-wave-mixing in high-Q resonators have emerged as alternative platforms. Here we report the generation and full stabilization of CMOS-compatible optical frequency combs. The spira...

  8. Dual-etalon cavity ring-down frequency-comb spectroscopy with broad band light source

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    Chandler, David W; Strecker, Kevin E

    2014-04-01

    In an embodiment, a dual-etalon cavity-ring-down frequency-comb spectrometer system is described. A broad band light source is split into two beams. One beam travels through a first etalon and a sample under test, while the other beam travels through a second etalon, and the two beams are recombined onto a single detector. If the free spectral ranges ("FSR") of the two etalons are not identical, the interference pattern at the detector will consist of a series of beat frequencies. By monitoring these beat frequencies, optical frequencies where light is absorbed may be determined.

  9. Frequency comb offset dynamics of SESAM modelocked thin disk lasers

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    Emaury, Florian; Diebold, Andreas; Klenner, Alexander; Clara J. Saraceno; Schilt, Stéphane; Südmeyer, Thomas; Keller, Ursula

    2015-01-01

    We present a detailed study of the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency dynamics of SESAM modelocked thin disk lasers (TDLs) pumped by kW-class highly transverse multimode pump diodes with a typical M2 value of 200-300, and give guidelines for future frequency stabilization of multi-100-W oscillators. We demonstrate CEO frequency detection with > 30 dB signal-to-noise ratio with a resolution bandwidth of 100 kHz from a SESAM modelocked Yb:YAG TDL delivering 140 W average output power with ...

  10. Frequency comb offset dynamics of SESAM modelocked thin disk lasers.

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    Emaury, Florian; Diebold, Andreas; Klenner, Alexander; Saraceno, Clara J; Schilt, Stéphane; Südmeyer, Thomas; Keller, Ursula

    2015-08-24

    We present a detailed study of the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency dynamics of SESAM modelocked thin disk lasers (TDLs) pumped by kW-class highly transverse multimode pump diodes with a typical M(2) value of 200-300, and give guidelines for future frequency stabilization of multi-100-W oscillators. We demonstrate CEO frequency detection with > 30 dB signal-to-noise ratio with a resolution bandwidth of 100 kHz from a SESAM modelocked Yb:YAG TDL delivering 140 W average output power with 748-fs pulses at 7-MHz pulse repetition rate. We compare with a low-power CEO frequency stabilized Yb:CALGO TDL delivering 2.1 W with 77-fs pulses at 65 MHz. For both lasers, we perform a complete noise characterization, measure the relevant transfer functions (TFs) and compare them to theoretical models. The measured TFs are used to determine the propagation of the pump noise step-by-step through the system components. From the noise propagation analysis, we identify the relative intensity noise (RIN) of the pump diode as the main contribution to the CEO frequency noise. The resulting noise levels are not excessive and do not prevent CEO frequency stabilization. More importantly, the laser cavity dynamics are shown to play an essential role in the CEO frequency dynamics. The cavity TFs of the two lasers are very different which explains why at this point a tight CEO frequency lock can be obtained with the Yb:CALGO TDL but not with the Yb:YAG TDL. For CEO stabilization laser cavities should exhibit high damping of the relaxation oscillations by nonlinear intra-cavity elements, for example by operating a SESAM in the roll-over regime. Therefore the optimum SESAM operation point is a trade-off between enough damping and avoiding multiple pulsing instabilities. Additional cavity components could be considered for supplementary damping independent of the SESAM operation point. PMID:26368160

  11. A Laser Frequency Comb System for Absolute Calibration of the VTT Echelle Spectrograph

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    Doerr, H.-P.; Steinmetz, T.; Holzwarth, R.; Kentischer, T.; Schmidt, W.

    2012-10-01

    A wavelength calibration system based on a laser frequency comb (LFC) was developed in a co-operation between the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany and the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany for permanent installation at the German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) on Tenerife, Canary Islands. The system was installed successfully in October 2011. By simultaneously recording the spectra from the Sun and the LFC, for each exposure a calibration curve can be derived from the known frequencies of the comb modes that is suitable for absolute calibration at the meters per second level. We briefly summarize some topics in solar physics that benefit from absolute spectroscopy and point out the advantages of LFC compared to traditional calibration techniques. We also sketch the basic setup of the VTT calibration system and its integration with the existing echelle spectrograph.

  12. A Laser Frequency Comb System for Absolute Calibration of the VTT Echelle Spectrograph

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    Doerr, H -P; Holzwarth, R; Schmidt, T Kentischer und W

    2012-01-01

    A wavelength calibration system based on a laser frequency comb (LFC) was developed in a co-operation between the Kiepenheuer-Institut f\\"ur Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany and the Max-Planck-Institut f\\"ur Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany for permanent installation at the German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) on Tenerife, Canary Islands. The system was installed successfully in October 2011. By simultaneously recording the spectra from the Sun and the LFC, for each exposure a calibration curve can be derived from the known frequencies of the comb modes that is suitable for absolute calibration at the meters per second level. We briefly summarize some topics in solar physics that benefit from absolute spectroscopy and point out the advantages of LFC compared to traditional calibration techniques. We also sketch the basic setup of the VTT calibration system and its integration with the existing echelle spectrograph.

  13. WDM-CAP-PON integration with VLLC system based on optical frequency comb

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    He, Jing; Dong, Huan; Deng, Rui; Shi, Jin; Chen, Lin

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, a wavelength division multiplexing carrier-less amplitude phase modulation passive optical network (WDM-CAP-PON) integration with visible laser light communication (VLLC) system is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. To reduce the cost of WDM system, the optical frequency comb scheme using one Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) is utilized and five flat optical combs can be generated. Meanwhile, a blue laser diode (LD) as a VLLC optical source can provide high data rate and long transmission distance. Utilizing overlap frequency domain equalization (OFDE) and negative chirp of MZM, the system performance in both Q-factor and receiver sensitivity can be improved. After 20 km standard single mode fiber (SSMF) and 4.5 m free space transmission, the experimental results show that 10 Gb/s CAP signal can be achieved under 7% forward error correction (FEC) limit of 3 . 8 × 10-3.

  14. Mid-infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy with a broadband frequency comb.

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    Adler, Florian; Masłowski, Piotr; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra; Cossel, Kevin C; Briles, Travis C; Hartl, Ingmar; Ye, Jun

    2010-10-11

    We present a first implementation of optical-frequency-comb-based rapid trace gas detection in the molecular fingerprint region in the mid-infrared. Near-real-time acquisition of broadband absorption spectra with 0.0056 cm(-1) maximum resolution is demonstrated using a frequency comb Fourier transform spectrometer which operates in the 2100-to-3700-cm(-1) spectral region. We achieve part-per-billion detection limits in 30 seconds of integration time for several important molecules including methane, ethane, isoprene, and nitrous oxide. Our system enables precise concentration measurements even in gas mixtures that exhibit continuous absorption bands, and it allows detection of molecules at levels below the noise floor via simultaneous analysis of multiple spectral features. PMID:20941086

  15. Frequency-stabilized Yb:fiber comb with a tapered single-mode fiber

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    Yang, Xie; Hai-Nian, Han; Long, Zhang; Zi-Jiao, Yu; Zheng, Zhu; Lei, Hou; Li-Hui, Pang; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a stable Yb:fiber frequency comb with supercontinuum generation by using a specially designed tapered single-mode fiber, in which a spectrum spanning from 500 nm to 1500 nm is produced. The carrier-envelope offset signal of the Yb:fiber comb is measured with a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 40 dB and a linewidth narrower than 120 kHz. The repetition rate and carrier-envelope offset signals are simultaneously phase locked to a microwave reference frequency. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (Grant No. 2012CB821304) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61378040).

  16. Study on high coupling efficiency Er-doped fiber laser for femtosecond optical frequency comb

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    Pang, Lihui; Liu, Wenjun; Han, Hainian; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-09-01

    The femtosecond laser is crucial to the operation of the femtosecond optical frequency comb. In this paper, a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser is presented with 91.4 fs pulse width and 100.8 MHz repetition rate, making use of the nonlinear polarized evolution effect. Using a 976 nm pump laser diode, the average output power is 16 mW from the coupler and 27 mW from the polarization beam splitter at the pump power of 700 mW. The proposed fiber laser can offer excellent temporal purity in generated pulses with high power, and provide a robust source for fiber-based frequency combs and supercontinuum generation well suited for industrial applications.

  17. Generation of multiphoton entangled quantum states by means of integrated frequency combs.

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    Reimer, Christian; Kues, Michael; Roztocki, Piotr; Wetzel, Benjamin; Grazioso, Fabio; Little, Brent E; Chu, Sai T; Johnston, Tudor; Bromberg, Yaron; Caspani, Lucia; Moss, David J; Morandotti, Roberto

    2016-03-11

    Complex optical photon states with entanglement shared among several modes are critical to improving our fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and have applications for quantum information processing, imaging, and microscopy. We demonstrate that optical integrated Kerr frequency combs can be used to generate several bi- and multiphoton entangled qubits, with direct applications for quantum communication and computation. Our method is compatible with contemporary fiber and quantum memory infrastructures and with chip-scale semiconductor technology, enabling compact, low-cost, and scalable implementations. The exploitation of integrated Kerr frequency combs, with their ability to generate multiple, customizable, and complex quantum states, can provide a scalable, practical, and compact platform for quantum technologies. PMID:26965623

  18. A Laser Frequency Comb System for Absolute Calibration of the VTT Echelle Spectrograph

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    Doerr, H. -P.; T Steinmetz; Holzwarth, R.; Schmidt, T. Kentischer und W.

    2012-01-01

    A wavelength calibration system based on a laser frequency comb (LFC) was developed in a co-operation between the Kiepenheuer-Institut f\\"ur Sonnenphysik, Freiburg, Germany and the Max-Planck-Institut f\\"ur Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany for permanent installation at the German Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT) on Tenerife, Canary Islands. The system was installed successfully in October 2011. By simultaneously recording the spectra from the Sun and the LFC, for each exposure a calibration curve ...

  19. Ka-band microwave frequency comb Doppler reflectometer system for the Large Helical Device

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    A ka-band multi-channel Doppler reflectometer system was constructed for the Large Helical Device (LHD) using a comb frequency generator as a source. A filter bank system is utilized for precise quadrature phase detection, and preliminary back-scattered waves were obtained in LHD plasma experiments. In addition, a direct digital signal acquisition system was successfully demonstrated for providing a greater number of multi-channel measurements. (author)

  20. Laser frequency combs and ultracold neutrons to probe braneworlds through induced matter swapping between branes

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    Sarrazin, Michael; Petit, Fabrice

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates a new experimental framework to test the braneworld hypothesis. Recent theoretical results have shown the possibility of matter exchange between branes under the influence of suitable magnetic vector potentials. It is shown that the required conditions might be achieved with present-day technology. The experiment uses a source of pulsed and coherent electromagnetic radiation and relies on the Hansch frequency comb technique well-known in ultrahigh-precision spectroscop...

  1. An octave spanning mid-infrared frequency comb generated in a silicon nanophotonic wire waveguide

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    Kuyken, Bart; Holzner, Simon; Yan, Ming; Haensch, Theodor W; Van Campenhout, Joris; Verheyen, Peter; Coen, Stéphane; Leo, Francois; Baets, Roel; Roelkens, Gunther; Picque, Nathalie

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate an octave-spanning frequency comb with a spectrum covering wavelengths from 1,540 nm up to 3,200 nm. The supercontinuum is generated by pumping a 1-cm long dispersion engineered silicon wire waveguide by 70 fs pulses with an energy of merely 15 pJ. We confirm the phase coherence of the output spectrum by beating the supercontinuum with narrow bandwidth CW lasers. We show that the experimental results are in agreement with numerical simulations.

  2. A near infrared laser frequency comb for high precision Doppler planet surveys

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Perhaps the most exciting area of astronomical research today is the study of exoplanets and exoplanetary systems, engaging the imagination not just of the astronomical community, but of the general population. Astronomical instrumentation has matured to the level where it is possible to detect terrestrial planets orbiting distant stars via radial velocity (RV measurements, with the most stable visible light spectrographs reporting RV results the order of 1 m/s. This, however, is an order of magnitude away from the precision needed to detect an Earth analog orbiting a star such as our sun, the Holy Grail of these efforts. By performing these observations in near infrared (NIR there is the potential to simplify the search for distant terrestrial planets by studying cooler, less massive, much more numerous class M stars, with a tighter habitable zone and correspondingly larger RV signal. This NIR advantage is undone by the lack of a suitable high precision, high stability wavelength standard, limiting NIR RV measurements to tens or hundreds of m/s [1, 2]. With the improved spectroscopic precision provided by a laser frequency comb based wavelength reference producing a set of bright, densely and uniformly spaced lines, it will be possible to achieve up to two orders of magnitude improvement in RV precision, limited only by the precision and sensitivity of existing spectrographs, enabling the observation of Earth analogs through RV measurements. We discuss the laser frequency comb as an astronomical wavelength reference, and describe progress towards a near infrared laser frequency comb at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and at the University of Colorado where we are operating a laser frequency comb suitable for use with a high resolution H band astronomical spectrograph.

  3. Analysis of Trace Impurities in Semiconductor Gas via Cavity-Enhanced Direct Frequency Comb Spectroscopy

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    Cossel, Kevin C.; Adler, Florian; Bertness, Kris A.; Thorpe, Michael J.; Feng, Jun; Raynor, Mark W.; Ye, Jun

    2010-01-01

    Cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy (CE-DFCS) has demonstrated powerful potential for trace gas detection based on its unique combination of high bandwidth, rapid data acquisition, high sensitivity, and high resolution, which is unavailable with conventional systems. However, previous demonstrations have been limited to proof-of-principle experiments or studies of fundamental laboratory science. Here we present the development of CE-DFCS towards an industrial application -- mea...

  4. Towards highest spectral efficiency: Optical sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses generation from rectangular frequency comb

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    Brès, Camille Sophie; Soto, Marcelo A.; Alem, Mehdi; Shoaie, Mohammad Amin; Vedadi, Armand; Schneider, Thomas; Thévenaz, Luc

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we review a method to produce optical sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses with unprecedented quality. The method is based on the synthesis of a rectangular shaped and phase-locked frequency comb from a combination of intensity modulators. The result is a highly flexible pulse generator that can easily be integrated in already installed communication systems. All-optical pulse shaping methods for highest spectral efficiencies are attractive since high-bitrate spectrally efficient channel...

  5. Frequency-comb formation in doubly resonant second-harmonic generation

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    Leo, F.; Hansson, T.; Ricciardi, I.; De Rosa, M.; Coen, S.; Wabnitz, S.; Erkintalo, M.

    2016-04-01

    We theoretically study the generation of optical frequency combs and corresponding pulse trains in doubly resonant intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG). We find that, despite the large temporal walk-off characteristic of realistic cavity systems, the nonlinear dynamics can be accurately and efficiently modeled using a pair of coupled mean-field equations. Through rigorous stability analysis of the system's steady-state continuous-wave solutions, we demonstrate that walk-off can give rise to an unexplored regime of temporal modulation instability. Numerical simulations performed in this regime reveal rich dynamical behaviors, including the emergence of temporal patterns that correspond to coherent optical frequency combs. We also demonstrate that the two coupled equations that govern the doubly resonant cavity behavior can, under typical conditions, be reduced to a single mean-field equation akin to that describing the dynamics of singly-resonant-cavity SHG [F. Leo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 033901 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.033901]. This reduced approach allows us to derive a simple expression for the modulation instability gain, thus permitting us to acquire significant insight into the underlying physics. We anticipate that our work will have a wide impact on the study of frequency combs in emerging doubly resonant cavity SHG platforms, including quadratically nonlinear microresonators.

  6. An Analysis of Near Field and Application of a New Comb-shaped Antenna for Radio Frequency Identification

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    2001-01-01

    A new comb-shaped antenna for radio frequency identification is proposed. The kind of antenna can replace some antenna array. So it is very convenient for omnidirectional identification. The test result proves this antenna is viable.

  7. Octave-wide frequency comb centered at 4 μm based on a subharmonic OPO with Hz-level relative comb linewidth

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    Smolski, V. O.; Xu, J.; Schunemann, P. G.; Vodopyanov, K. L.

    2016-03-01

    We study coherence properties of a more-than-octave-wide (2.6-7.5 μm) mid-IR frequency comb based on a 2-μm Tmfiber- laser-pumped degenerate (subharmonic) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that uses orientation-patterned gallium arsenide (OP-GaAs) as gain element. By varying intracavity dispersion, we observed a 'phase' transition from a singlecomb state (at exactly OPO degeneracy) to a two-comb state (near-degenerate operation), characterized by two spectrally overlapping combs (signal and idler) with distinct carrier-envelope offset frequencies. We achieve this by generating a supercontinuum (SC) from the mode-locked Tm laser that spans most of the near-IR range, and observing RF beats between the SC and parasitic sum-frequency light (pump + OPO) that also falls into the near-IR. We found RF linewidth to be average power and high (up to 90%) pump depletion make this comb source very attractive for numerous applications including trace molecular detection and chemical sensing with massively parallel spectral data acquisition.

  8. Generation of optical frequency combs via four-wave mixing processes for low- and medium-resolution astronomy

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    Zajnulina, M.; Boggio, J. M. Chavez; Böhm, M.; Rieznik, A. A.; Fremberg, T.; Haynes, R.; Roth, M. M.

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the generation of optical frequency combs through a cascade of four-wave mixing processes in nonlinear fibres with optimised parameters. The initial optical field consists of two continuous-wave lasers with frequency separation larger than 40 GHz (312.7 pm at 1531 nm). It propagates through three nonlinear fibres. The first fibre serves to pulse shape the initial sinusoidal-square pulse, while a strong pulse compression down to sub-100 fs takes place in the second fibre which is an amplifying erbium-doped fibre. The last stage is a low-dispersion highly nonlinear fibre where the frequency comb bandwidth is increased and the line intensity is equalised. We model this system using the generalised nonlinear Schrödinger equation and investigate it in terms of fibre lengths, fibre dispersion, laser frequency separation and input powers with the aim to minimise the frequency comb noise. With the support of the numerical results, a frequency comb is experimentally generated, first in the near infra-red and then it is frequency-doubled into the visible spectral range. Using a MUSE-type spectrograph, we evaluate the comb performance for astronomical wavelength calibration in terms of equidistancy of the comb lines and their stability.

  9. A 23.75-GHz frequency comb with two low-finesse filtering cavities in series for high resolution spectroscopy

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    侯磊; 韩海年; 王薇; 张龙; 庞利辉; 李德华; 魏志义

    2015-01-01

    A laser frequency comb with several tens GHz level is demonstrated, based on an Yb-doped femtosecond fiber laser and two low-finesse Fabry–P´erot cavities (FPCs) in series. The original 250-MHz mode-line-spacing of the source comb is filtered to 4.75 GHz and 23.75 GHz, respectively. According to the multi-beam interferences theory of FPC, the side-mode suppression rate of FPC schemes is in good agreement with our own theoretical results from 27 dB of a single FPC to 43 dB of paired FPCs. To maintain long-term stable operation and determine the absolute frequency mode number in the 23.75-GHz comb, the Pound–Drever–Hall (PDH) locking technology is utilized. Such stable tens GHz frequency combs have important applications in calibrating astronomical spectrographs with high resolution.

  10. Tuneable dual-comb spectrometer based on commercial femtosecond lasers and reference cell for optical frequency calibration

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    Portuondo-Campa, E.; Bennès, J.; Balet, L.; Kundermann, S.; Merenda, F.; Boer, G.; Lecomte, S.

    2016-07-01

    Two commercial femtosecond laser sources have been used to implement a dual-comb spectrometer tuneable across a spectral range from 1.5 to 2.2 μm. The optical linewidth of the comb modes was characterized for different time scales in order to estimate the achievable spectral resolution for an optimal acquisition time. The transmission spectra of three different gas samples were recorded, demonstrating good agreement with reference data. Frequency axis calibration was provided via the parallel monitoring of a reference sample. This technique allows an accurate calibration of the frequency axis of the spectrometer, with no need for stabilization or optical referencing of the frequency combs. Our set-up represents a good compromise for a compact and versatile dual-comb spectrometer based on commercially available parts with possible applications in trace-gas monitoring, remote sensing and spectroscopy of short-lived processes.

  11. A 23.75-GHz frequency comb with two low-finesse filtering cavities in series for high resolution spectroscopy

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    A laser frequency comb with several tens GHz level is demonstrated, based on a Yb-doped femtosecond fiber laser and two low-finesse Fabry–Pérot cavities (FPCs) in series. The original 250-MHz mode-line-spacing of the source comb is filtered to 4.75 GHz and 23.75 GHz, respectively. According to the multi-beam interferences theory of FPC, the side-mode suppression rate of FPC schemes is in good agreement with our own theoretical results from 27 dB of a single FPC to 43 dB of paired FPCs. To maintain long-term stable operation and determine the absolute frequency mode number in the 23.75-GHz comb, the Pound–Drever–Hall (PDH) locking technology is utilized. Such stable tens GHz frequency combs have important applications in calibrating astronomical spectrographs with high resolution. (paper)

  12. Continuous probe of cold complex molecules with infrared frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Spaun, Ben; Patterson, David; Bjork, Bryce J; Heckl, Oliver H; Doyle, John M; Ye, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Cavity-enhanced frequency comb spectroscopy for molecule detection in the mid-infrared powerfully combines high resolution, high sensitivity, and broad spectral coverage. However, this technique, and essentially all spectroscopic methods, is limited in application to relatively small, simple molecules. Here we integrate comb spectroscopy with continuous, cold samples of molecules produced via buffer gas cooling, thus enabling the study of significantly more complex molecules. We report simultaneous gains in resolution, sensitivity, and bandwidth and demonstrate this combined capability with the first rotationally resolved direct absorption spectra in the CH stretch region of several complex molecules. These include nitromethane (CH$_3$NO$_2$), a model system that presents challenging questions to the understanding of large amplitude vibrational motion, as well as several large organic molecules with fundamental spectroscopic and astrochemical relevance, including naphthalene (C$_{10}$H$_8$), adamantane (C$_{1...

  13. Electronically reconfigurable bandpass microwave photonic filter using a windowed optical frequency comb

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    Deng, Hong; Fu, Songnian; Tang, Ming; Liu, Deming

    2015-03-01

    A center frequency-tunable multi-tap bandpass microwave photonic filter (MPF) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, with reconfigurable capability by electronic control. A Mach-Zehnder modulator-based optical frequency comb (OFC) is used as an optical source, and its output is optically shaped before introducing a time delay by 70 km single-mode fiber (SMF) transmission. After an optical-to-electronic conversion, the frequency response in terms of central frequency and passband bandwidth can be electronically reconfigurable by varying either the input microwave frequency of the OFC or the waveshaper configuration without modification of the optical configuration. The experimental results show that more than a 35 dB out-of-band rejection ratio and at least a 3 GHz continuously tuning range of passband center frequency without any DC response can be successfully achieved.

  14. Digital System for Keeping Optical Frequency Comb in Long- Term Stable Operation

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    Čížek, Martin; Šmíd, Radek; Hucl, Václav; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    Piscataway: IEEE, 2014, s. 193-195. ISBN 978-1-4799-5252-6. [EFTF 2014. European Frequency and Time Forum /28./. Neuchatel (CH), 23.07.2014-26.07.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : optical frequency comb * long-term operation * stabilization * digital signal processing Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  15. A 12.5 GHz-spaced optical frequency comb spanning >400 nm for near-infrared astronomical spectrograph calibration

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    A 12.5 GHz-spaced optical frequency comb locked to a global positioning system disciplined oscillator for near-infrared (IR) spectrograph calibration is presented. The comb is generated via filtering a 250 MHz-spaced comb. Subsequent nonlinear broadening of the 12.5 GHz comb extends the wavelength range to cover 1380-1820 nm, providing complete coverage over the H-band transmission window of earth's atmosphere. Finite suppression of spurious sidemodes, optical linewidth, and instability of the comb has been examined to estimate potential wavelength biases in spectrograph calibration. Sidemode suppression varies between 20 and 45 dB, and the optical linewidth is ∼350 kHz at 1550 nm. The comb frequency uncertainty is bounded by ±30 kHz (corresponding to a radial velocity of ±5 cm/s), limited by the global positioning system disciplined oscillator reference. These results indicate that this comb can readily support radial velocity measurements below 1 m/s in the near IR.

  16. Stabilization of a self-referenced, prism-based, Cr:forsterite laser frequency comb using an intracavity prism

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    The frequency comb from a prism-based Cr:forsterite laser has been frequency stabilized using intracavity prism insertion and pump power modulation. Absolute frequency measurements of a CW fiber laser stabilized to the P(13) transition of acetylene demonstrate a fractional instability of ∼2x10-11 at a 1 s gate time, limited by a commercial Global Positioning System (GPS)-disciplined rubidium oscillator. Additionally, absolute frequency measurements made simultaneously using a second frequency comb indicate relative instabilities of 3x10-12 for both combs for a 1 s gate time. Estimations of the carrier-envelope offset frequency linewidth based on relative intensity noise and the response dynamics of the carrier-envelope offset to pump power changes confirm the observed linewidths.

  17. Performance analysis on quality of optical frequency comb generated by the recirculating frequency shifter based on linear IQ modulator

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    Sun, Lu; Li, Jianping; Lin, Jiachuan; Xi, Lixia; Tang, Xianfeng; Zhang, Xiaoguang

    2015-11-01

    An optical frequency comb generator using a modified single-sideband recirculating frequency shifter scheme adopting a linear IQ modulator as the kernel device (SSB-RFS-LIQM) is proposed. The optical comb lines generated by the proposed scheme possess good features such as extreme flatness and high optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), compared to the quality we can obtain when we use a conventional IQ modulator in the SSB-RFS structure (called SSB-RFS-CIQM scheme). The mechanism of how the SSB-RFS-LIQM works is carefully analyzed with analytical and numerical methods. With the capability of strong suppression of high-order crosstalk and less demand of the gain of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (and hence less amplified spontaneous noise induced) in the loop, 5.5 dB OSNR improvement can be achieved when 100 extreme flat comb lines are generated using the SSB-RFS-LIQM scheme compared to using the SSB-RFS-CIQM scheme.

  18. Four-wave mixing parametric oscillation and frequency comb generation at visible wavelengths in a silica microbubble resonator

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    Yang, Yong; Kasumie, Sho; Zhao, Guangming; Xu, Linhua; Ward, Jonathan; Yang, Lan; Chormaic, Síle Nic

    2016-01-01

    Frequency comb generation in microresonators at visible wavelengths has found applications in a variety of areas such as metrology, sensing, and imaging. To achieve Kerr combs based on four-wave mixing in a microresonator, dispersion must be in the anomalous regime. In this work, we demonstrate dispersion engineering in a microbubble resonator (MBR) fabricated by a two-CO$_2$ laser beam technique. By decreasing the wall thickness of the MBR down to 1.4 $\\mu$m, the zero dispersion wavelength shifts to values shorter than 764 nm, making phase matching possible around 765 nm. With the optical \\textit{Q}-factor of the MBR modes being greater than $10^7$, four-wave mixing is observed at 765 nm for a pump power of 3 mW. By increasing the pump power, parametric oscillation is achieved, and a frequency comb with 14 comb lines is generated at visible wavelengths.

  19. Echelle spectrograph calibration with a frequency comb based on a harmonically mode-locked fiber laser: a proposal

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    Details for constructing an astronomical frequency comb suitable as a wavelength reference for echelle spectrographs associated with optical telescopes are outlined. The source laser for the frequency comb is a harmonically mode-locked fiber laser with a central wavelength of 1.56 μm. The means of producing a repetition rate greater than 7 GHz and a peak optical power of ∼8 kW are discussed. Conversion of the oscillator light into the visible can occur through a two-step process of (i) nonlinear conversion in periodically poled lithium niobate and (ii) spectral broadening in photonic crystal fiber. While not necessarily octave spanning in spectral range to permit the use of an f -to- 2f interferometer for offset frequency control, the frequency comb can be granted accuracy by linking the mode spacing and a comb tooth to separate frequency references. The design avoids the use of a Fabry-Perot cavity to increase the mode spacing of the frequency comb; however, the level of supermode suppression and sideband asymmetry in the fiber oscillator and in the subsequent frequency conversion stages are aspects that need to be experimentally tested.

  20. Localized frequency comb and formation of embedded solitons in silicon-based slot waveguides

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    Roy, Samudra

    2012-01-01

    We explore the possibility to excite the so-called embedded solitons in specially designed slot waveguides based on silicon and silica or silicon nanocrystals. This requires the excitation of the structure with quasi-TM polarized pulses -- for which Raman effect is absent -- and at a specific infrared wavelength for which only the second- and fourth-order group velocity coefficients are non-vanishing. Pulses launched in these conditions will generate a spectrally localized continuum, associated to a frequency comb coming from the spectral interference of many embedded solitons.

  1. Application of digital signal processing in locking of CW lasers on optical frequency combs

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    Čížek, Martin; Číp, Ondřej; Šmíd, Radek; Hrabina, Jan; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef

    Budva : University of Montenegro, 2013. s. 146. [ALT´13. Annual International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies /21./. 16.09.2013-20.09.2013, Budva] R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA TA ČR TA01010995; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : digital signal processing * CW lasers * optical frequency combs Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  2. Application of digital signal processing in locking of CW lasers on optical frequency combs

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    Čížek, Martin; Číp, Ondřej; Šmíd, Radek; Hrabina, Jan; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef

    Budva: University of Montenegro, 2013. s. 146. [ALT´13. Annual International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies /21./. 16.09.2013-20.09.2013, Budva] R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA TA ČR TA01010995; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : digital signal processing * CW lasers * optical frequency combs Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  3. Gigahertz frequency comb from a diode-pumped solid-state laser

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    Klenner, Alexander; Schilt, Stéphane; Südmeyer, Thomas; Keller, Ursula

    2014-01-01

    We present the first stabilization of the frequency comb offset from a diode-pumped gigahertz solid-state laser oscillator. No additional external amplification and/or compression of the output pulses is required. The laser is reliably modelocked using a SESAM and is based on a diode-pumped Yb:CALGO gain crystal. It generates 1.7-W average output power and pulse durations as short as 64 fs at a pulse repetition rate of 1 GHz. We generate an octave-spanning supercontinuum in a highly nonlinear...

  4. The femtosecond optical frequency comb based tool for spectral analysis of molecular absorbtion gases

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    Lešundák, Adam; Šmíd, Radek; Buchta, Zdeněk; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef; Randula, A.; Číp, Ondřej

    Ostrava: TANGER Ltd, 2012, s. 836-840. ISBN 978-80-87294-32-1. [NANOCON 2012. International Conference /4./. Brno (CZ), 23.10.2012-25.10.2012] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI2/705; GA TA ČR TA01010995; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : frequency comb * Fourier transform spectroscopy * interferometer * gas absorption Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  5. Remotely manageable phase-locked loop controller for stabilizing optical frequency combs

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    Hucl, Václav; Čížek, Martin; Šmíd, Radek; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    Piscataway: IEEE, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4673-5225-3. [URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (URSI GASS) 2014 /31./. Beijing (CN), 16.08.2014-23.08.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA MŠk ED3.1.00/12.0232; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1212 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : optical frequency combs * digital signal processing * stabilization Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  6. Frequency Comb-Based Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases over Kilometer Air Paths

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    Rieker, Gregory B; Swann, William C; Kofler, Jon; Zolot, Alex M; Sinclair, Laura C; Baumann, Esther; Cromer, Christopher; Petron, Gabrielle; Sweeney, Colm; Tans, Pieter P; Coddington, Ian; Newbury, Nathan R

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate coherent dual frequency-comb spectroscopy for detecting variations in greenhouse gases. High signal-to-noise spectra are acquired spanning 5990 to 6260 cm^-1 (1600 to 1670 nm) covering ~700 absorption features from CO2, CH4, H2O, HDO, and 13CO2, across a 2-km open-air path. The transmission of each frequency comb tooth is resolved, leading to spectra with <1 kHz frequency accuracy, no instrument lineshape, and a 0.0033-cm^-1 point spacing. The fitted path-averaged concentrations and temperature yield dry-air mole fractions. These are compared with a point sensor under well-mixed conditions to evaluate current absorption models for real atmospheres. In heterogeneous conditions, time-resolved data demonstrate tracking of strong variations in mole fractions. A precision of <1 ppm for CO2 and <3 ppb for CH4 is achieved in 5 minutes in this initial demonstration. Future portable systems could support regional emissions monitoring and validation of the spectral databases critical to global s...

  7. Environmental-adaptability analysis of an all polarization-maintaining fiber-based optical frequency comb.

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    Feng, Ye; Xu, Xin; Hu, Xiaohong; Liu, Yuanshan; Wang, Yishan; Zhang, Wei; Yang, Zhi; Duan, Lina; Zhao, Wei; Cheng, Zhao

    2015-06-29

    We demonstrate an all polarization-maintaining (PM) fiber-based optical frequency comb and provide the detailed environmental stability analysis results. The frequency comb has been built by commercial available PM fiber completely, and its static uncertainty in optical domain is 350 Hz in 1 s when referenced to a low noise oven controlled crystal oscillator. The acoustic resonant frequencies of the system have been measured. It is proved that acoustic-vibration induced phase noise could be eliminated by low pass vibration-isolation structure. Further, the existence of the optimum working temperature is illustrated. At this temperature (289.6 K), the out-loop integrated phase noise of f(r) and the temperature-drift induced instability of f(CEO) reach the lowest level 31.6 μrad and 0 kHz/(mW∙K) respectively. Finally, the system is proved to be stable under different humidity (18% ~80%) by a 240-day-long record of the f(CEO). PMID:26191762

  8. High-power mid-infrared frequency comb source based on a femtosecond Er:fiber oscillator

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    Zhu, Feng; Kolomenskii, Alexandre A; Strohaber, James; Holzwarth, Ronald; Schuessler, Hans A

    2013-01-01

    We report on a high-power mid-infrared frequency comb source based on a femtosecond Er:fiber oscillator with a stabilized repetition rate at 250 MHz. The mid-infrared frequency comb is produced through difference frequency generation in a periodically poled MgO-doped lithium niobate crystal. The output power is about 120 mW with a pulse duration of about 80 fs, and spectrum coverage from 2.9 to 3.6 um. The coherence properties of the produced high-power broadband mid-infrared frequency comb are maintained, which was verified by heterodyne measurements. As the first application, the spectrum of a ~200 ppm methane-air mixture in a short 20 cm glass cell at ambient atmospheric pressure and temperature was measured.

  9. Real-Time Determination of Absolute Frequency in Continuous-Wave Terahertz Radiation with a Photocarrier Terahertz Frequency Comb Induced by an Unstabilized Femtosecond Laser

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    Minamikawa, Takeo; Hayashi, Kenta; Mizuguchi, Tatsuya; Hsieh, Yi-Da; Abdelsalam, Dahi Ghareab; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Iwata, Tetsuo; Yasui, Takeshi

    2016-05-01

    A practical method for the absolute frequency measurement of continuous-wave terahertz (CW-THz) radiation uses a photocarrier terahertz frequency comb (PC-THz comb) because of its ability to realize real-time, precise measurement without the need for cryogenic cooling. However, the requirement for precise stabilization of the repetition frequency ( f rep) and/or use of dual femtosecond lasers hinders its practical use. In this article, based on the fact that an equal interval between PC-THz comb modes is always maintained regardless of the fluctuation in f rep, the PC-THz comb induced by an unstabilized laser was used to determine the absolute frequency f THz of CW-THz radiation. Using an f rep-free-running PC-THz comb, the f THz of the frequency-fixed or frequency-fluctuated active frequency multiplier chain CW-THz source was determined at a measurement rate of 10 Hz with a relative accuracy of 8.2 × 10-13 and a relative precision of 8.8 × 10-12 to a rubidium frequency standard. Furthermore, f THz was correctly determined even when fluctuating over a range of 20 GHz. The proposed method enables the use of any commercial femtosecond laser for the absolute frequency measurement of CW-THz radiation.

  10. Real-time absolute frequency measurement of continuous-wave terahertz wave based on dual terahertz combs of photocarriers with different frequency spacings

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Ichikawa, Ryuji; Cahyadi, Harsono; Hsieh, Yi-Da; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Iwata, Tetsuo; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru

    2015-01-01

    Real-time measurement of the absolute frequency of continuous-wave terahertz (CW-THz) waves is required for characterization and frequency calibration of practical CW-THz sources. We proposed a method for real-time monitoring of the absolute frequency of CW-THz waves involving temporally parallel, i.e., simultaneous, measurement of two pairs of beat frequencies and laser repetition frequencies based on dual THz combs of photocarriers (PC-THz combs) with different frequency spacings. To demonstrate the method, THz-comb-referenced spectrum analyzers were constructed with a dual configuration based on dual femtosecond lasers. Regardless of the presence or absence of frequency control in the PC-THz combs, a frequency precision of 10-11 was achieved at a measurement rate of 100 Hz. Furthermore, large fluctuation of the CW-THz frequencies, crossing several modes of the PC-THz combs, was correctly monitored in real time. The proposed method will be a powerful tool for the research and development of practical CW-THz...

  11. Pump-induced carrier envelope offset frequency dynamics and stabilization of an Yb-doped fiber frequency comb

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    In this paper, we demonstrate a carrier envelope phase-stabilized Yb-doped fiber frequency comb seeding by a nonlinear-polarization-evolution (NPE) mode-locked laser at a repetition rate of 60 MHz with a pulse duration of 191 fs. The pump-induced carrier envelope offset frequency (f0) nonlinear tuning is discussed and further explained by the spectrum shift of the laser pulse. Through the environmental noise suppression, the drift of the free-running f0 is reduced down to less than 3 MHz within an hour. By feedback control on the pump power with a self-made phase-lock loop (PLL) electronics the carrier envelope offset frequency is well phase-locked with a frequency jitter of 85 mHz within an hour. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  12. Integrated wideband optical frequency combs with high stability and their application in microwave photonic filters

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    Sun, Wenhui; Wang, Sunlong; Zhong, Xin; Liu, Jianguo; Wang, Wenting; Tong, Youwan; Chen, Wei; Yuan, Haiqing; Yu, Lijuan; Zhu, Ninghua

    2016-08-01

    An integrated wideband optical frequency comb (OFC) based on a semiconductor quantum dot laser is realized with high stability. The OFC module is packaged in our lab. A circuit which is designed to provide a low-ripple current and control the temperature regards as a servo system to enhance the stability of the OFC. The frequency stability of the OFC is 2.7×10-9 (Allan Variance). The free spectral range (FSR) of the OFC is 40 GHz and the number of comb lines is up to 55. The flatness of the OFC over span of 4 nm can be limited to 0.5 dB. Negative coefficients microwave photonic filters with multiple taps are generated based on the proposed OFC. For the 10 taps microwave photonic filter, the pass-band at 8.74 GHz has a 3 dB bandwidth of 630 MHz with 16.58 dB side-lobe suppression. Compared with the published microwave photonic filters, the proposed system is more stable, of more compact structures, and of less power consumption.

  13. Smooth and flat phase-locked Kerr frequency comb generation by higher order mode suppression

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    Huang, S.-W.; Liu, H.; Yang, J.; Yu, M.; Kwong, D.-L.; Wong, C. W.

    2016-05-01

    High-Q microresonator is perceived as a promising platform for optical frequency comb generation, via dissipative soliton formation. In order to achieve a higher quality factor and obtain the necessary anomalous dispersion, multi-mode waveguides were previously implemented in Si3N4 microresonators. However, coupling between different transverse mode families in multi-mode waveguides results in periodic disruption of dispersion and quality factor, and consequently causes perturbation to dissipative soliton formation and amplitude modulation to the corresponding spectrum. Careful choice of pump wavelength to avoid the mode crossing region is thus critical in conventional Si3N4 microresonators. Here, we report a novel design of Si3N4 microresonator in which single-mode operation, high quality factor, and anomalous dispersion are attained simultaneously. The novel microresonator is consisted of uniform single-mode waveguides in the semi-circle region, to eliminate bending induced mode coupling, and adiabatically tapered waveguides in the straight region, to avoid excitation of higher order modes. The intrinsic quality factor of the microresonator reaches 1.36 × 106 while the group velocity dispersion remains to be anomalous at ‑50 fs2/mm. With this novel microresonator, we demonstrate that broadband phase-locked Kerr frequency combs with flat and smooth spectra can be generated by pumping at any resonances in the optical C-band.

  14. Smooth and flat phase-locked Kerr frequency comb generation by higher order mode suppression.

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    Huang, S-W; Liu, H; Yang, J; Yu, M; Kwong, D-L; Wong, C W

    2016-01-01

    High-Q microresonator is perceived as a promising platform for optical frequency comb generation, via dissipative soliton formation. In order to achieve a higher quality factor and obtain the necessary anomalous dispersion, multi-mode waveguides were previously implemented in Si3N4 microresonators. However, coupling between different transverse mode families in multi-mode waveguides results in periodic disruption of dispersion and quality factor, and consequently causes perturbation to dissipative soliton formation and amplitude modulation to the corresponding spectrum. Careful choice of pump wavelength to avoid the mode crossing region is thus critical in conventional Si3N4 microresonators. Here, we report a novel design of Si3N4 microresonator in which single-mode operation, high quality factor, and anomalous dispersion are attained simultaneously. The novel microresonator is consisted of uniform single-mode waveguides in the semi-circle region, to eliminate bending induced mode coupling, and adiabatically tapered waveguides in the straight region, to avoid excitation of higher order modes. The intrinsic quality factor of the microresonator reaches 1.36 × 10(6) while the group velocity dispersion remains to be anomalous at -50 fs(2)/mm. With this novel microresonator, we demonstrate that broadband phase-locked Kerr frequency combs with flat and smooth spectra can be generated by pumping at any resonances in the optical C-band. PMID:27181420

  15. Multi-service small-cell cloud wired/wireless access network based on tunable optical frequency comb

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    Xiang, Yu; Zhou, Kun; Yang, Liu; Pan, Lei; Liao, Zhen-wan; Zhang, Qiang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a novel multi-service wired/wireless integrated access architecture of cloud radio access network (C-RAN) based on radio-over-fiber passive optical network (RoF-PON) system, which utilizes scalable multiple- frequency millimeter-wave (MF-MMW) generation based on tunable optical frequency comb (TOFC). In the baseband unit (BBU) pool, the generated optical comb lines are modulated into wired, RoF and WiFi/WiMAX signals, respectively. The multi-frequency RoF signals are generated by beating the optical comb line pairs in the small cell. The WiFi/WiMAX signals are demodulated after passing through the band pass filter (BPF) and band stop filter (BSF), respectively, whereas the wired signal can be received directly. The feasibility and scalability of the proposed multi-service wired/wireless integrated C-RAN are confirmed by the simulations.

  16. Observation of Rb Two-Photon Absorption Directly Excited by an Erbium-Fiber-Laser-Based Optical Frequency Comb via Spectral Control

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    Wu, Jiutao; Dai, Xiaoliang; Qin, Zhengyu; Zhang, Zhigang; Zhao, Jianye

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrated the observation of Rb two-photon absorption directly excided by an optical frequency comb at fiber communication bands. A chain of comb spectral control is elaborately implemented to increase the power of the second harmonic optical frequency comb generation and the two-photon transition strength. A two-photon transition spectrum is obtained with clearly resolved transition lines. It provides a potential approach to realize the optical frequency comb or optical clock at ~1.5{\\mu}m with high stability and accuracy.

  17. Monolithic CEO-stabilization scheme-based frequency comb from an octave-spanning laser

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    Zi-Jiao, Yu; Hai-Nian, Han; Yang, Xie; Hao, Teng; Zhao-Hua, Wang; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a carrier-envelope phase-stabilized octave-spanning oscillator based on the monolithic scheme. A wide output spectrum extending from 480 nm to 1050 nm was generated directly from an all-chirped mirror Ti:sapphire laser. After several improvements, the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) beat frequency accessed nearly 60 dB under a resolution of 100 kHz. Using a feedback system with 50-kHz bandwidth, we compressed the residual phase noise to 55 mrad (integrated from 1 Hz to 1 MHz) for the stabilized CEO, corresponding to 23-as timing jitter at the central wavelength of 790 nm. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the smallest timing jitter achieved among the existing octave-spanning laser based frequency combs. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB821304) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11078022 and 61378040).

  18. High-resolution detection of small distance changes by an optical frequency comb

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    Číp, Ondřej; Čížek, Martin; Buchta, Zdeněk; Lazar, Josef; Šmíd, Radek

    Bellingham : SPIE, 2012, 86970G:1-7. ISBN 978-0-8194-9481-8. [CPS 2012. Czech-Polish-Slovak Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics /18./. Ostravice (CZ), 03.09.2012-07.09.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA MPO FR-TI2/705; GA TA ČR TA01010995; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Frequency combs * Frequency converters * Interferometers * Lasers * Michelson interferometer * Mirrors * Optical resonators * Resonators * Teeth * Transducers Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  19. Hilbert Transform based Quadrature Hybrid RF Photonic Coupler via a Micro-Resonator Optical Frequency Comb Source

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    Nguyen, Thach G; Chu, Sai T; Little, Brent E; Morandotti, Roberto; Mitchell, Arnan; Moss, David J

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb, generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response.

  20. Frequency divide-and-conquer approach to producing octave-wide frequency combs and few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR

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    Vodopyanov, Konstantin

    2014-05-01

    I will present a new technique for extending frequency combs to the highly desirable yet difficult-to-achieve mid-IR spectral range. The technique is based on subharmonic optical parametric oscillation (OPO) that can be considered as a reverse of the second harmonic generation process. The frequency comb of a pump laser is transposed to half of its central frequency and simultaneously spectrally augmented, thanks to an enormous gain bandwidth of the OPO near degeneracy, as well as due to massive cross-coupling between the laser and the OPO frequency comb components. Using ultrafast erbium (1.56 microns) or thulium (2 microns)-based fiber lasers as a pump and using thin, sub-mm-long, quasi phase-matched lithium niobate or gallium arsenide crystals, we produce frequency combs centered correspondingly at 3.1 or 4 micron subharmonic of the pump frequency. With the properly managed OPO cavity group velocity dispersion, octave-wide frequency combs spanning 2.5 - 6 micron range were achieved. Due to the doubly-resonant operation, the threshold of such a system is low (typically 10 mW) and by several experiments including measuring frequency beats between the OPO comb teeth and a narrow-linewidth CW laser and by interfering the outputs of two identical but distinct OPOs pumped by the same laser, we established that the frequency comb from a subharmonic OPO is phase-locked to that of the pump laser. Pulse duration measurements show that for the optimal intracavity dispersion conditions, we generate sub 5-cycle pulses at the subharmonic of the pump. I will also talk about applications of our mid-IR frequency combs to trace gas detection, where part-per-billion sensitivity of molecular detection is achieved as well as about Fourier spectroscopy using a dual-comb system consisting of two phase-locked lasers. I thank NASA, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Agilent Technologies, Sanofi- Aventis, Stanford University Bio-X, Stanford Medical School

  1. Frequency Comb Generation in 300 nm Thick SiN Concentric-Racetrack-Resonators: Overcoming the Material Dispersion Limit

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    Kim, Sangsik; Wang, Cong; Jaramillo-Villegas, Jose A; Xue, Xiaoxiao; Bao, Chengying; Xuan, Yi; Leaird, Daniel E; Weiner, Andrew M; Qi, Minghao

    2016-01-01

    Kerr nonlinearity based frequency combs and solitons have been generated from on-chip optical microresonators with high quality factors and global or local anomalous dispersion. However, fabrication of such resonators usually requires materials and/or processes that are not standard in semiconductor manufacturing facilities. Moreover, in certain frequency regimes such as visible and ultra-violet, the large normal material dispersion makes it extremely difficult to achieve anomalous dispersion. Here we present a concentric racetrack-shaped resonator that achieves anomalous dispersion in a 300 nm thick silicon nitride film, suitable for semiconductor manufacturing but previously thought to result only in waveguides with high normal dispersion, a high intrinsic Q of 1.5 million, and a novel mode-selective coupling scheme that allows coherent combs to be generated. We also provide evidence suggestive of soliton-like pulse formation in the generated comb. Our method can achieve anomalous dispersion over moderately...

  2. Generation of tunable, high repetition rate frequency combs with equalized spectra using carrier injection based silicon modulators

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    Nagarjun, K. P.; Selvaraja, Shankar Kumar; Supradeepa, V. R.

    2016-03-01

    High repetition-rate frequency combs with tunable repetition rate and carrier frequency are extensively used in areas like Optical communications, Microwave Photonics and Metrology. A common technique for their generation is strong phase modulation of a CW-laser. This is commonly implemented using Lithium-Niobate based modulators. With phase modulation alone, the combs have poor spectral flatness and significant number of missing lines. To overcome this, a complex cascade of multiple intensity and phase modulators are used. A comb generator on Silicon based on these principles is desirable to enable on-chip integration with other functionalities while reducing power consumption and footprint. In this work, we analyse frequency comb generation in carrier injection based Silicon modulators. We observe an interesting effect in these comb generators. Enhanced absorption accompanying carrier injection, an undesirable effect in data modulators, shapes the amplitude here to enable high quality combs from a single modulator. Thus, along with reduced power consumption to generate a specific number of lines, the complexity has also been significantly reduced. We use a drift-diffusion solver and mode solver (Silvaco TCAD) along with Soref-Bennett relations to calculate the variations in refractive indices and absorption of an optimized Silicon PIN - waveguide modulator driven by an unbiased high frequency (10 Ghz) voltage signal. Our simulations demonstrate that with a device length of 1 cm, a driving voltage of 2V and minor shaping with a passive ring-resonator filter, we obtain 37 lines with a flatness better than 5-dB across the band and power consumption an order of magnitude smaller than Lithium-Niobate modulators.

  3. Nonlinear optics at low powers: new mechanism of on-chip optical frequency comb generation

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    Rogov, Andrei

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear optical effects provide a natural way of light manipulation and interaction, and form the foundation of applied photonics -- from high-speed signal processing and telecommunication, to ultra-high bandwidth interconnects and information processing. However, relatively weak nonlinear response at optical frequencies calls for operation at high optical powers, or boosting efficiency of nonlinear parametric processes by enhancing local field intensity with high quality-factor resonators near cavity resonance, resulting in reduced operational bandwidth and increased loss due to multi-photon absorption. Here, we present an alternative to this conventional approach, with strong nonlinear optical effects at substantially lower local intensities, based on period-doubling bifurcations near nonlinear cavity anti-resonance, and apply it to low-power optical comb generation in a silicon chip.

  4. A new Generation of Spectrometer Calibration Techniques based on Optical Frequency Combs

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    Schmidt, Piet O; Kimeswenger, Stefan

    2007-01-01

    Typical astronomical spectrographs have a resolution ranging between a few hundred to 200.000. Deconvolution and correlation techniques are being employed with a significance down to 1/1000 th of a pixel. HeAr and ThAr lamps are usually used for calibration in low and high resolution spectroscopy, respectively. Unfortunately, the emitted lines typically cover only a small fraction of the spectrometer's spectral range. Furthermore, their exact position depends strongly on environmental conditions. A problem is the strong intensity variation between different (intensity ratios {>300). In addition, the brightness of the lamps is insufficient to illuminate a spectrograph via an integrating sphere, which in turn is important to calibrate a long-slit spectrograph, as this is the only way to assure a uniform illumination of the spectrograph pupil. Laboratory precision laser spectroscopy has experienced a major advance with the development of optical frequency combs generated by pulsed femto-second lasers. These lase...

  5. Smooth coherent Kerr frequency combs generation with broadly tunable pump by higher order mode suppression

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    Huang, S -W; Yang, J; Yu, M; Kwong, D -L; Wong, C W

    2016-01-01

    High-Q microresonator has been suggested a promising platform for optical frequency comb generation, via dissipative soliton formation. To achieve a higher Q and obtain the necessary anomalous dispersion, $Si_3N_4$ microresonators made of multi-mode waveguides were previously implemented. However, coupling between different transverse mode families in the multi-mode waveguides results in periodic disruption of dispersion and quality factor, introducing perturbation to dissipative soliton formation and amplitude modulation to the corresponding spectrum. Careful choice of pump wavelength to avoid the mode crossing region is thus critical in conventional $Si_3N_4$ microresonators. Here, we report a novel design of $Si_3N_4$ microresonator such that single mode operation, high quality factor, and anomalous dispersion are attained simultaneously. The microresonator is consisted of uniform single mode waveguides in the semi-circle region, to eliminate bending induced mode coupling, and adiabatically tapered wavegui...

  6. Centralized optical-frequency-comb-based RF carrier generator for DWDM fiber-wireless access systems

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    Pang, Xiaodan; Beltran, Marta; Sanchez, Jose;

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we report on a gigabit capacity fiber-wireless system that enables smooth integration between high-speed wireless networks and dense wavelength-division-multiplexing (DWDM) access networks. By employing a centralized optical frequency comb, both the wireline and the wireless services...... applications. For demonstration, we transmit a 2.5 Gbit/s signal through the proposed system and successfully achieve a bit-error-rate (BER) performance well below the 7% overhead forward error correction limit of the BER of 2 × 10¿3 for both the wireline and the wireless signals in the 60 GHz band after 25 km...... single-mode fiber plus up to 6 m wireless distance....

  7. Digital approach to stabilizing optical frequency combs and beat notes of CW lasers

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    Čížek, Martin; Číp, Ondřej; Šmíd, Radek; Hrabina, Jan; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef

    Bellingham: SPIE, 2013, 89161H:1-6. ISSN 0277-786X. [International Symposium on Precision Mechanical Measurements /6./. Guiyang (CN), 10.10.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA MPO FR-TI2/705; GA MPO FR-TI1/241; GA TA ČR TA01010995; GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010663; GA MV VG20132015124; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016; GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010835 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Optical frequency combs * Digital signal processing * Software-defined radio * Beat note * Stabilization Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  8. Continuous probing of cold complex molecules with infrared frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Spaun, Ben; Changala, P. Bryan; Patterson, David; Bjork, Bryce J.; Heckl, Oliver H.; Doyle, John M.; Ye, Jun

    2016-05-01

    For more than half a century, high-resolution infrared spectroscopy has played a crucial role in probing molecular structure and dynamics. Such studies have so far been largely restricted to relatively small and simple systems, because at room temperature even molecules of modest size already occupy many millions of rotational/vibrational states, yielding highly congested spectra that are difficult to assign. Targeting more complex molecules requires methods that can record broadband infrared spectra (that is, spanning multiple vibrational bands) with both high resolution and high sensitivity. However, infrared spectroscopic techniques have hitherto been limited either by narrow bandwidth and long acquisition time, or by low sensitivity and resolution. Cavity-enhanced direct frequency comb spectroscopy (CE-DFCS) combines the inherent broad bandwidth and high resolution of an optical frequency comb with the high detection sensitivity provided by a high-finesse enhancement cavity, but it still suffers from spectral congestion. Here we show that this problem can be overcome by using buffer gas cooling to produce continuous, cold samples of molecules that are then subjected to CE-DFCS. This integration allows us to acquire a rotationally resolved direct absorption spectrum in the C–H stretching region of nitromethane, a model system that challenges our understanding of large-amplitude vibrational motion. We have also used this technique on several large organic molecules that are of fundamental spectroscopic and astrochemical relevance, including naphthalene, adamantane and hexamethylenetetramine. These findings establish the value of our approach for studying much larger and more complex molecules than have been probed so far, enabling complex molecules and their kinetics to be studied with orders-of-magnitude improvements in efficiency, spectral resolution and specificity.

  9. Robust optical injection locking to a 250 MHz frequency comb without narrow-band optical pre-filtering

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    Wu, D. S.; Slavík, R.; Marra, G; Richardson, D. J.

    2011-01-01

    A semiconductor laser was injection locked to a single optical frequency comb mode with a dither-free phase locked loop. The standard deviation was 0.014Hz over 24 hours with an Allan deviation of 1×10-17 at 10s averaging.

  10. Optical frequency comb-based local oscillator phase noise cancellation in time-delay-interferometer for gravitational wave detection

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    Yu, Nan

    Time-delay-interferometer (TDI) is well established as an effective technique to mitigate laser phase noises in laser interferometer gravitational wave detection (GWD). Just as important in the TDI scheme is the ability to suppress the rf local oscillator noise (LO) in the optical heterodyne measurements. We show that LO noises can be effectively and elegantly cancelled by employing optical frequency combs in which the rf signal phases are coherent with the optical phases. In addition, the deployment of optical combs eliminates the need for separate ultra-stable oscillators. This is a simpler and more reliable approach than the modulation scheme, and it can be applied to the most generalized TDI combinations. In this proposed effort, we will investigate the application of optical combs in TDI and demonstrate in a test bed simultaneous noise cancellations in both ranging lasers and rf LOs in a generalized TDI configuration.

  11. Effect of a breather soliton in Kerr frequency combs on optical communication systems.

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    Bao, Changjing; Liao, Peicheng; Zhang, Lin; Yan, Yan; Cao, Yinwen; Xie, Guodong; Mohajerin-Ariaei, Amirhossein; Li, Long; Ziyadi, Morteza; Almaiman, Ahmed; Kimerling, Lionel C; Michel, Jurgen; Willner, Alan E

    2016-04-15

    In this study, we numerically investigate the effect of Kerr-comb-generated breather soliton pulses on optical communication systems. The breather soliton pulse amplitude and spectrum envelope oscillate periodically in time. Simulations show that the spectrum of each comb line in the breather soliton state has multiple sub-teeth due to the periodic oscillation of the comb spectrum. In the simulation, the comb output is modulated with different formats. We find that the sub-teeth distort quadrature phase-shift-keyed signals but have less of an effect on on-off-keyed signals. PMID:27082339

  12. Frequency-comb-assisted precision laser spectroscopy of CHF3 around 8.6 μm

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    Gambetta, Alessio; Coluccelli, Nicola; Cassinerio, Marco; Fernandez, Toney Teddy; Gatti, Davide; Castrillo, Antonio; Ceausu-Velcescu, Adina; Fasci, Eugenio; Gianfrani, Livio; Santamaria, Luigi; Di Sarno, Valentina; Maddaloni, Pasquale; De Natale, Paolo; Laporta, Paolo; Galzerano, Gianluca

    2015-12-01

    We report a high-precision spectroscopic study of room-temperature trifluoromethane around 8.6 μm, using a CW quantum cascade laser phase-locked to a mid-infrared optical frequency comb. This latter is generated by a nonlinear down-conversion process starting from a dual-branch Er:fiber laser and is stabilized against a GPS-disciplined rubidium clock. By tuning the comb repetition frequency, several transitions falling in the υ5 vibrational band are recorded with a frequency resolution of 20 kHz. Due to the very dense spectra, a special multiple-line fitting code, involving a Voigt profile, is developed for data analysis. The combination of the adopted experimental approach and survey procedure leads to fractional accuracy levels in the determination of line center frequencies, down to 2 × 10-10. Line intensity factors, pressure broadening, and shifting parameters are also provided.

  13. Frequency-comb-assisted precision laser spectroscopy of CHF{sub 3} around 8.6 μm

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    Gambetta, Alessio; Coluccelli, Nicola; Cassinerio, Marco; Fernandez, Toney Teddy; Gatti, Davide; Laporta, Paolo; Galzerano, Gianluca, E-mail: gianluca.galzerano@polimi.it [Dipartimento di Fisica - Politecnico di Milano and Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie - CNR, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Castrillo, Antonio; Fasci, Eugenio; Gianfrani, Livio [Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica - Seconda Università di Napoli, Viale Lincoln 5, 81100 Caserta (Italy); Ceausu-Velcescu, Adina [Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique, Université de Perpignan, Via Domitia EA 4217, F-66860 Perpignan (France); Santamaria, Luigi; Di Sarno, Valentina [CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli, NA (Italy); Maddaloni, Pasquale [CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli, NA (Italy); INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sez. Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); De Natale, Paolo [INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sez. Firenze, Via G. Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, FI (Italy); CNR-INO, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze (Italy)

    2015-12-21

    We report a high-precision spectroscopic study of room-temperature trifluoromethane around 8.6 μm, using a CW quantum cascade laser phase-locked to a mid-infrared optical frequency comb. This latter is generated by a nonlinear down-conversion process starting from a dual-branch Er:fiber laser and is stabilized against a GPS-disciplined rubidium clock. By tuning the comb repetition frequency, several transitions falling in the υ{sub 5} vibrational band are recorded with a frequency resolution of 20 kHz. Due to the very dense spectra, a special multiple-line fitting code, involving a Voigt profile, is developed for data analysis. The combination of the adopted experimental approach and survey procedure leads to fractional accuracy levels in the determination of line center frequencies, down to 2 × 10{sup −10}. Line intensity factors, pressure broadening, and shifting parameters are also provided.

  14. Atomic clocks: the atoms as primary time and frequency standards

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    In this article, we present the atomic clock as time and frequency standard and as one of the peaceful uses of atoms for development. In the first part, we present the general principles of time and frequency metrology and the key role of the caesium atom in this field as well as the main applications of atomic clocks. In the second part we introduce the different clock technologies based on Ramsey method, with a focus on atomic beam clocks and atomic fountain clocks. (author)

  15. Gigahertz Self-referenceable Frequency Comb from a Semiconductor Disk Laser

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    Zaugg, Christian A; Mangold, Mario; Mayer, Aline S; Link, Sandro M; Emaury, Florian; Golling, Matthias; Gini, Emilio; Saraceno, Clara J; Tilma, Bauke W; Keller, Ursula

    2014-01-01

    We present a 1.75-GHz self-referenceable frequency comb from a vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) passively modelocked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). The VECSEL delivers 231-fs pulses with an average power of 100 mW and is optimized for stable and reliable operation. The optical spectrum was centered around 1038 nm and nearly transform-limited with a full width half maximum (FWHM) bandwidth of 5.5 nm. The pulses were first amplified to an average power of 5.5 W using a backward-pumped Yb-doped double-clad large mode area (LMA) fiber and then compressed to 85 fs with 2.2 W of average power with a passive LMA fiber and transmission gratings. Subsequently, we launched the pulses into a highly nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF) and generated a coherent octave-spanning supercontinuum (SC). We then detected the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency (fCEO) beat note using a standard f-to-2f-interferometer. The fCEO exhibits a signal-to-noise ratio of 17 dB in a 10...

  16. Frequency-Comb based laser spectroscopy of Halo Nuclei: The nuclear charge radius of 11Be

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    Nuclear charge radii of halo isotopes provide a direct proof of the halo structure of neutron rich isotopes. If they are compared to the matter radii from nuclear reactions, a geometrical picture of the two- and three body structures can be extracted. We have determined the nuclear charge radii of 7,9,10,11Be by high-precision laser spectroscopy [1,2] and combination with accurate calculations of the mass-dependent isotope shifts [3,4]. The on-line measurements were performed with collinear laser spectroscopy in the 2s1/2 → 2p1/2 transition on a beam of Be+ ions. Collinear and anti collinear laser beams were used simultaneously and absolute frequency determination was applied using a frequency comb. This yielded an accuracy in the isotope-shift measurements of about 1 MHz. The charge radius of the beryllium was found to decrease from 7Be to 10Be and then increases for the halo nucleus 11Be. We compare our results with predictions of ah initio nuclear structure calculations and the conclusions about the geometric size of the halo will be discussed.(author)

  17. Developments of frequency comb microwave reflectometer for the interchange mode observations in LHD plasma

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    Soga, R.; Tokuzawa, T.; Watanabe, K. Y.; Tanaka, K.; Yamada, I.; Inagaki, S.; Kasuya, N.

    2016-02-01

    We have upgraded the multi-channel microwave reflectometer system which uses a frequency comb as a source and measure the distribution of the density fluctuation caused by magneto-hydro dynamics instability. The previous multi-channel system was composed of the Ka-band, and the U-band system has been developed. Currently, the U-band system has eight frequency channels, which are 43.0, 45.0, 47.0, 49.0, 51.0, 53.0, 55.0, and 57.0 GHz, in U-band. Before the installation to the Large Helical Device (LHD), several tests for understanding the system characteristics, which are the phase responsibility, the linearity of output signal, and others, have been carried out. The in situ calibration in LHD has been done for the cross reference. In the neutral beam injected plasma experiments, we can observe the density fluctuation of the interchange mode and obtain the radial distribution of fluctuation amplitude.

  18. Narrow linewidth laser system realized by linewidth transfer using a fiber-based frequency comb for the magneto-optical trapping of strontium.

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    Akamatsu, Daisuke; Nakajima, Yoshiaki; Inaba, Hajime; Hosaka, Kazumoto; Yasuda, Masami; Onae, Atsushi; Hong, Feng-Lei

    2012-07-01

    A narrow linewidth diode laser system at 689 nm is realized by phase-locking an extended cavity diode laser to one tooth of a narrow linewidth optical frequency comb. The optical frequency comb is phase-locked to a narrow linewidth laser at 1064 nm, which is frequency stabilized to a high-finesse optical cavity. We demonstrate the magneto-optical trapping of Sr using an intercombination transition with the developed laser system. PMID:22772290

  19. Nuclear charge radii of light isotopes based on frequency comb measurements

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    Optical frequency comb technology has been used in this work for the first time to investigate the nuclear structure of light radioactive isotopes. Therefore, three laser systems were stabilized with different techniques to accurately known optical frequencies and used in two specialized experiments. Absolute transition frequency measurements of lithium and beryllium isotopes were performed with accuracy on the order of 10-10. Such a high accuracy is required for the light elements since the nuclear volume effect has only a 10-9 contribution to the total transition frequency. For beryllium, the isotope shift was determined with an accuracy that is sufficient to extract information about the proton distribution inside the nucleus. A Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy on the stable lithium isotopes 6,7Li was performed in order to determine the absolute frequency of the 2S → 3S transition. The achieved relative accuracy of 2 x 10-10 is improved by one order of magnitude compared to previous measurements. The results provide an opportunity to determine the nuclear charge radius of the stable and short-lived isotopes in a pure optical way but this requires an improvement of the theoretical calculations by two orders of magnitude. The second experiment presented here was performed at ISOLDE/CERN, where the absolute transition frequencies of the D1 and D2 lines in beryllium ions for the isotopes 7,9,10,11Be were measured with an accuracy of about 1 MHz. Therefore, an advanced collinear laser spectroscopy technique involving two counter-propagating frequency-stabilized laser beams with a known absolute frequency was developed. The extracted isotope shifts were combined with recent accurate mass shift calculations and the root-mean square nuclear charge radii of 7,10Be and the one-neutron halo nucleus 11Be were determined. Obtained charge radii are decreasing from 7Be to 10Be and increasing again for 11Be. While the monotone decrease can be explained by a nucleon

  20. Mid-infrared frequency comb spanning an octave based on an Er fiber laser and difference-frequency generation

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    Keilmann, Fritz

    2012-01-01

    We describe a coherent mid-infrared continuum source with 700 cm-1 bandwidth, readily tuned within 600 - 2500 cm-1 (4 - 17 \\mum) and thus covering much of the infrared "fingerprint" molecular vibration region. It is based on nonlinear frequency conversion in GaSe using a compact commercial 100-fs-pulsed Er fiber laser system providing two amplified near-infrared beams, one of them broadened by a nonlinear optical fiber. The resulting collimated mid-infrared continuum beam of 1 mW quasi-cw power represents a coherent infrared frequency comb with zero carrier-envelope phase, containing about 500,000 modes that are exact multiples of the pulse repetition rate of 40 MHz. The beam's diffraction-limited performance enables long-distance spectroscopic probing as well as maximal focusability for classical and ultraresolving near-field microscopies. Applications are foreseen also in studies of transient chemical phenomena even at ultrafast pump-probe scale, and in high-resolution gas spectroscopy for e.g. breath analy...

  1. Stability limits of an optical frequency standard based on free Ca atoms

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    Sherman, J A

    2011-01-01

    We have quantified a short term instability budget for an optical frequency standard based on cold, freely expanding calcium atoms. Such systems are the subject of renewed interest due to their high frequency stability and relative technical simplicity compared to trapped atom optical clocks. By filtering the clock laser light at 657 nm through a high finesse cavity, we observe a slight reduction in the optical Dick effect caused by aliased local oscillator noise. The ultimately limiting technical noise is measured using a technique that does not rely on a second clock or fs-comb.

  2. Human breath analysis via cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy

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    Thorpe, Michael J; Kirchner, Matthew S; Ye, Jun

    2007-01-01

    To date, researchers have identified over 1000 different compounds contained in human breath. These molecules have both endogenous and exogenous origins and provide information about physiological processes occurring in the body as well as environment-related ingestion or absorption of contaminants1,2. While the presence and concentration of many of these molecules are poorly understood, many 'biomarker' molecules have been correlated to specific diseases and metabolic processes. Such correlations can result in non-invasive methods of health screening for a wide variety of medical conditions. In this article we present human breath analysis using an optical-frequency-comb-based trace detection system with excellent performance in all criteria: detection sensitivity, ability to identify and distinguish a large number of biomarkers, and measurement time. We demonstrate a minimum detectable absorption of 8 x 10-10 cm-1, a spectral resolution of 800 MHz, and 200 nm of spectral coverage from 1.5 to 1.7 micron wher...

  3. Two-photon spectrum of 87Rb using optical frequency comb

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    Wang, Li-Rong; Zhang, Yi-Chi; Xiang, Shao-Shan; Cao, Shu-Kai; Xiao, Lian-Tuan; Jia, Suo-Tang

    2015-06-01

    The high precision two-photon excitation measurements for 5S1/2 (Fg = 2) to 5D5/2 (Fe = 4 to 1) of 87Rb are performed by using an optical frequency comb. The two counter-propagating femtosecond pulses (5S1/2 → 5P3/2 at 780 nm, and 5P3/2 → 5D5/2 at 776 nm) act on 87Rb vapor, and the Doppler broadened background signal is effectively eliminated. The temperature and power dependences of the two-photon spectrum are studied in this paper. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921603), the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (Grant No. IRT13076), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61378049 and 10934004), the International Science and Technology Cooperation Program of China (Grant No. 2011DFA12490), and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2011011004).

  4. Non-planar femtosecond enhancement cavity for VUV frequency comb applications

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    Winkler, Georg; Seres, Jozsef; Seres, Enikoe; Schumm, Thorsten

    2016-01-01

    External passive femtosecond enhancement cavities (fsECs) are widely used to increase the efficiency of non-linear conversion processes like high harmonic generation (HHG) at high repetition rates. Their performance is often limited by beam ellipticity, caused by oblique incidence on spherical focusing mirrors. We introduce a novel three-dimensionally folded variant of the typical planar bow-tie resonator geometry that guarantees circular beam profiles, maintains linear polarization, and allows for a significantly tighter focus as well as a larger beam cross-section on the cavity mirrors. The scheme is applied to improve focusing in a Ti:Sapphire based VUV frequency comb system, targeting the 5th harmonic around 160 nm (7.8 eV) towards high-precision spectroscopy of the low-energy isomer state of Thorium-229. It will also be beneficial in fsEC-applications with even higher seeding and intracavity power where the damage threshold of the mirrors becomes a major concern.

  5. Self-referenced, accurate and sensitive optical frequency comb spectroscopy with a virtually imaged phased array spectrometer.

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    Kowzan, Grzegorz; Lee, Kevin F; Paradowska, Magdalena; Borkowski, Mateusz; Ablewski, Piotr; Wójtewicz, Szymon; Stec, Kamila; Lisak, Daniel; Fermann, Martin E; Trawiński, Ryszard S; Masłowski, Piotr

    2016-03-01

    We present a cavity-enhanced direct optical frequency comb spectroscopy system with a virtually imaged phased array (VIPA) spectrometer and either a dither or a Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) locking scheme used for stable transmission of the comb through the cavity. A self-referenced scheme for frequency axis calibration is shown along with an analysis of its accuracy. A careful comparison between both locking schemes is performed based on near-IR measurements of the carbon monoxide ν=3←0 band P branch transitions in a gas sample with known composition. The noise-equivalent absorptions (NEA) for the PDH and dither schemes are 9.9×10-10  cm-1 and 5.3×10-9  cm-1, respectively. PMID:26974094

  6. Evaluation of ultra-low expansion spacer in the Fabry-Perot cavity with optical frequency comb

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    Šmíd, Radek; Čížek, Martin; Buchta, Zdeněk; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    Bellingham: SPIE, 2012, 86970F:1-5. ISBN 978-0-8194-9481-8. [CPS 2012. Czech-Polish-Slovak Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics /18./. Ostravice (CZ), 03.09.2012-07.09.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GPP102/12/P962; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA MPO FR-TI1/241; GA MPO FR-TI2/705; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Ceramics * Diodes * Fabry–Perot interferometers * Femtosecond frequency combs * Frequency combs * Glasses * Lasers * Optical resonators * Resonators Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  7. Multi-octave frequency comb generation by χ(3)-nonlinear optical processes in CVD diamond at low temperatures

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    We study stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and Raman four-wave mixing (RFWM) processes in chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond crystals. The strong interaction of picosecond laser pulses at 1.064 and 0.532 µm wavelength with the dominant Raman-active F2g mode results in a more than two-octave-spanning frequency comb, ranging from the UV to the NIR spectral region. In addition to spectroscopic analysis of the χ(3)-nonlinear emission at room temperature, comparative measurements have been carried out at cryogenic temperature of 10 K. The Raman shift and the Raman gain are found to change only weakly. Moreover, the potential of SRS frequency comb generation in CVD diamond for ultra-short pulse synthesis is discussed. (letter)

  8. Closed-form solutions and scaling laws for Kerr frequency combs.

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    Renninger, William H; Rakich, Peter T

    2016-01-01

    A single closed-form analytical solution of the driven nonlinear Schrödinger equation is developed, reproducing a large class of the behaviors in Kerr-comb systems, including bright-solitons, dark-solitons, and a large class of periodic wavetrains. From this analytical framework, a Kerr-comb area theorem and a pump-detuning relation are developed, providing new insights into soliton- and wavetrain-based combs along with concrete design guidelines for both. This new area theorem reveals significant deviation from the conventional soliton area theorem, which is crucial to understanding cavity solitons in certain limits. Moreover, these closed-form solutions represent the first step towards an analytical framework for wavetrain formation, and reveal new parameter regimes for enhanced Kerr-comb performance. PMID:27108810

  9. Quasiphasematched concurrent nonlinearities in periodically poled KTiOPO_4 for quantum computing over the optical frequency comb

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    Pysher, Matthew; Peng, Peng; Arie, Ady; Pfister, Olivier

    2009-01-01

    We report the successful design and experimental implementation of three coincident nonlinear interactions, namely ZZZ ("type-0''), ZYY (type-I), and YYZ/YZY (type-II) second harmonic generation of 780 nm light from a 1560 nm pump beam in a single, multigrating, periodically poled KTiOPO_4 crystal. The resulting nonlinear medium is the key component for making a scalable quantum computer over the optical frequency comb of a single optical parametric oscillator.

  10. Generation of picosecond pulses and frequency combs in actively mode locked external ring cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    We propose a robust and reliable method of active mode locking of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers and develop its theoretical description. Its key element is the use of an external ring cavity, which circumvents fundamental issues undermining the stability of mode locking in quantum cascade lasers. We show that active mode locking can give rise to the generation of picosecond pulses and phase-locked frequency combs containing thousands of the ring cavity modes

  11. Frequency comb assisted measurement of fundamental transitions of cold H3+, H2D+ and D2H+

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    Jusko, Pavol; Konietzko, Christoph; Schlemmer, Stephan; Asvany, Oskar

    2016-01-01

    H3+ and two of its deuterated variants have been trapped and cooled in a 4 K trap machine, and their fundamental vibrational transitions probed with the laser induced reactions method. With the help of a frequency comb system the line centers are determined with high accuracy and precision, typically well below 1 MHz. For the deuterated variants, ground state combination differences allow for comparison with existing rotational THz data, and the accurate prediction thereof.

  12. Generation of wideband frequency combs by continuous-wave seeding of multistage mixers with synthesized dispersion.

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    Myslivets, Evgeny; Kuo, Bill P P; Alic, Nikola; Radic, Stojan

    2012-01-30

    We numerically and experimentally demonstrate efficient generation of an equalized optical comb with 150-nm bandwidth. The comb was generated by low-power, continuous-wave seeds, eliminating the need for pulsed laser sources. The new architecture relies on efficient creation of higher-order mixing tones in phase-matched nonlinear fiber stages separated by a linear compressor. Wideband generation was enabled by precise dispersion engineering of multiple-stage parametric mixers. PMID:22330571

  13. Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of rovibronic transition of naphthalene calibrated with an optical frequency comb

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    Nishiyama, A.; Nakashima, K.; Matsuba, A.; Misono, M.

    2015-12-01

    We performed Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of naphthalene using an optical frequency comb as a frequency reference. Rotationally resolved rovibronic spectra were observed, and absolute frequencies of the rovibronic transitions were determined with an uncertainty of several tens of kHz. The resolution and precision of our system are finer than the natural width of naphthalene. We assigned 1466 lines of the Q (Ka) Q (J) transition and calculated molecular constants. We attribute systematic spectral line shifts to the Coriolis interaction, and discuss the origin of the spectral linewidths.

  14. Frequency-stabilized 1 W optical comb at 2.2-2.6 μm by Cr2+:ZnSe multipass amplification.

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    Coluccelli, Nicola; Gambetta, Alessio; Sala, Tommaso; Gatti, Davide; Marangoni, Marco; Laporta, Paolo; Galzerano, Gianluca

    2012-11-01

    We present a frequency comb source with power level up to 150 μW per comb mode, tunable in the 2.2-2.6 μm wavelength region, based on a Cr(2+):ZnSe multipass solid-state amplifier seeded by the output of an actively stabilized optical parametric oscillator, synchronously pumped by a commercial 250 MHz Er:fiber laser. Phase relationship between idler, signal, and pump waves is exploited to perform frequency comb stabilization in the whole 2.2-2.6 μm mid-infrared spectral region. PMID:23114322

  15. Discerning comb and Fourier mean frequency from an fs laser based on the principle of non-interaction of waves

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    Roychoudhuri, Chandrasekhar; Prasad, Narasimha

    2012-02-01

    time finite model of a photon. QM only predicts that EM energy emission (spontaneous and stimulated) takes place only in a discrete amount at a time from atoms and molecules. It does not give us recipe about how to visualize a propagating photon as it expands diffractively. However, Huygens-Fresnel's classical diffraction integral gives us a rigorous model, which is the cornerstone of modeling evolution of laser cavity modes, CW or pulsed. In this paper, we highlight the contradictions that arise out of the prevailing mode-lock theory and resolve them by using causal models, already underscored above. For example, there are now a wide range of very successful technological applications of the frequency comb extracted out of fs lasers. If the Fourier summation were the correct physical process, then all the cavity modes would have been summed (converted) into a single mean frequency around the gain line center for perfectly mode-locked systems. Further, sending such fs pulses through an optical spectrometer would have always displayed a transform limited fringe, centering on the mean Fourier frequency, rather than generating the comb frequencies, albeit instrumentally broadened. Output pulse train from a phase locked laser is functionally produced due to the oscillatory time-gating behavior of the intra-cavity phase-locking devices. So, we need to pay more attention to the fast temporal behavior of the materials we use for achieving very fast time-gating, since this material imposes phase locking on the cavity modes to enhance its own high-contrast time-gating behavior.

  16. High-power ultrafast Yb:fiber laser frequency combs using commercially available components and basic fiber tools

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    Li, X L; Corder, C; Chen, Y; Zhao, P; Allison, T K

    2016-01-01

    We present a detailed description of the design, construction, and performance of high-power ultrafast Yb:fiber laser frequency combs in operation in our laboratory. We discuss two such laser systems: an 87 MHz, 9 W, 85 fs laser operating at 1060 nm and an 87 MHz, 80 W, 155 fs laser operating at 1035 nm. Both are constructed using low-cost, commercially available components, and can be assembled using only basic tools for cleaving and splicing single-mode fibers. We describe practical methods for achieving and characterizing low-noise single-pulse operation and long-term stability from Yb:fiber oscillators based on nonlinear polarization evolution. Stabilization of the combs using a variety of transducers, including a new method for tuning the carrier-envelope offset frequency, is discussed. High average power is achieved through chirped-pulse amplification in simple fiber amplifiers based on double-clad photonic crystal fibers. We describe the use of these combs in several applications, including ultrasensit...

  17. Continuously tunable wavelength output from an Er-doped fiber femtosecond optical frequency comb with single-point frequency-doubling technique

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    Liu, H.; Cao, S. Y.; Meng, F.; Lin, B. K.; Fang, Z. J.

    2015-07-01

    Femtosecond optical frequency combs (FOFCs) with wavelengths covering the visible range have potential applications in the absolute frequency measurement of iodine-stabilized lasers and optical clock lasers. In this paper, an Er-FOFC with a tunable wavelength output from 689 to 813 nm based on the single-point frequency-doubling technique is demonstrated. Meanwhile, a beat frequency signal between the Er-FOFC and a tested laser at 729 nm with a signal-to-noise ratio of 30 dB at a resolution bandwidth of 100 kHz is obtained.

  18. Nuclear charge radii of light isotopes based on frequency comb measurements

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    Zakova, Monika

    2010-02-11

    Optical frequency comb technology has been used in this work for the first time to investigate the nuclear structure of light radioactive isotopes. Therefore, three laser systems were stabilized with different techniques to accurately known optical frequencies and used in two specialized experiments. Absolute transition frequency measurements of lithium and beryllium isotopes were performed with accuracy on the order of 10{sup -10}. Such a high accuracy is required for the light elements since the nuclear volume effect has only a 10{sup -9} contribution to the total transition frequency. For beryllium, the isotope shift was determined with an accuracy that is sufficient to extract information about the proton distribution inside the nucleus. A Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy on the stable lithium isotopes {sup 6,7}Li was performed in order to determine the absolute frequency of the 2S {yields} 3S transition. The achieved relative accuracy of 2 x 10{sup -10} is improved by one order of magnitude compared to previous measurements. The results provide an opportunity to determine the nuclear charge radius of the stable and short-lived isotopes in a pure optical way but this requires an improvement of the theoretical calculations by two orders of magnitude. The second experiment presented here was performed at ISOLDE/CERN, where the absolute transition frequencies of the D{sub 1} and D{sub 2} lines in beryllium ions for the isotopes {sup 7,9,10,11}Be were measured with an accuracy of about 1 MHz. Therefore, an advanced collinear laser spectroscopy technique involving two counter-propagating frequency-stabilized laser beams with a known absolute frequency was developed. The extracted isotope shifts were combined with recent accurate mass shift calculations and the root-mean square nuclear charge radii of {sup 7,10}Be and the one-neutron halo nucleus {sup 11}Be were determined. Obtained charge radii are decreasing from {sup 7}Be to {sup 10}Be and increasing again for

  19. Frequency Comb-Referenced Spectroscopy in the ν1 + ν3 Region of Acetylene

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    Cich, Matthew J.; Forthomme, Damien; Hall, Gregory E.; Mcraven, Christopher P.; Sears, Trevor J.; Twagirayezu, Sylvestre

    2014-06-01

    class="MsoNormal">By using saturation dip absorption spectroscopy with an extended cavity diode laser locked to a frequency comb, we have measured the rest frequencies of transitions in the ν4 = 1 and ν5 = 1 hot bands in the ν1 + ν3 combination band of acetylene. The measured line frequencies are accurate to approximately 20 kHz i.e. approximately one part in 1011. Positions of the hot-band lines quoted in the HITRAN database, which are derived from the analysis of high-resolution FTIR spectra, are of the order of 10's of MHz in error. These measurements were undertaken because pressure broadened lineshape measurements of rotational lines in the combination band indicated that weak underlying hot band features were not correctly accounted for on the basis of their previously reported positions. As a result, measured line profiles in the band could not be accurately fit leading to errors of up to 1% in acetylene concentrations derived from the measurements. In addition, the pressure broadened P(11) line in the ν1 + ν3 combination band has been studied as a function of varying concentration of the absorber in nitrogen. Mixture concentrations of 1, 5 and 10% at 296 K and pressures between a few Torr and one atmosphere were made and the measurements analyzed using two different speeddependent broadening models. These experiments are designed to test the additivity of contributions to pressure broadening and shift in speed-dependent line-shape modeling, i.e. whether the lineshape parameters follow partial pressure weighting in the binary mixtures. P(11) is relatively isolated with respect to underlying hot band transitions and neighboring transitions of the same band, but it was found that the accurate positions of underlying hot-band transitions were crucial to the successful modeling of the observed line shapes, even though these lines are typically 100-1000 times weaker than P(11) itself and are many Doppler line widths removed from the line center

  20. Atomic frequency-time-length standards

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    The principles of operative of atomic frequency-time-length standards and their principle characteristics are described. The role of quartz crystal oscillators which are sloved to active or passive standards is presented. (authors)

  1. Noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy: A sensitive technique for high-resolution broadband molecular detection

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    Khodabakhsh, Amir; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra

    2014-01-01

    Noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy (NICE-OFCS) is a recently developed technique that utilizes phase modulation to obtain immunity to frequency-to-amplitude noise conversion by the cavity modes and yields high absorption sensitivity over a broad spectral range. We describe the principles of the technique and discuss possible comb-cavity matching solutions. We present a theoretical description of NICE-OFCS signals detected with a Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS), and validate the model by comparing it to experimental CO2 spectra around 1575 nm. Our system is based on an Er:fiber femtosecond laser locked to a cavity and phase-modulated at a frequency equal to a multiple of the cavity free spectral range (FSR). The NICE-OFCS signal is detected by a fast-scanning FTS equipped with a high-bandwidth commercial detector. We demonstrate a simple method of passive locking of the modulation frequency to the cavity FSR that significantly improves the long term stability of the system, a...

  2. Multiple optical code-label processing using multi-wavelength frequency comb generator and multi-port optical spectrum synthesizer.

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    Moritsuka, Fumi; Wada, Naoya; Sakamoto, Takahide; Kawanishi, Tetsuya; Komai, Yuki; Anzai, Shimako; Izutsu, Masayuki; Kodate, Kashiko

    2007-06-11

    In optical packet switching (OPS) and optical code division multiple access (OCDMA) systems, label generation and processing are key technologies. Recently, several label processors have been proposed and demonstrated. However, in order to recognize N different labels, N separate devices are required. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a large-scale, multiple optical code (OC)-label generation and processing technology based on multi-port, a fully tunable optical spectrum synthesizer (OSS) and a multi-wavelength electro-optic frequency comb generator. The OSS can generate 80 different OC-labels simultaneously and can perform 80-parallel matched filtering. We also demonstrated its application to OCDMA. PMID:19547075

  3. Optical frequency comb generator based on a monolithically integrated passive mode-locked ring laser with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer.

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    Corral, V; Guzmán, R; Gordón, C; Leijtens, X J M; Carpintero, G

    2016-05-01

    We report the demonstration of an optical-frequency comb generator based on a monolithically integrated ring laser fabricated in a multiproject wafer run in an active/passive integration process in a generic foundry using standardized building blocks. The device is based on a passive mode-locked ring laser architecture, which includes a Mach-Zehnder interferometer to flatten the spectral shape of the comb output. This structure allows monolithic integration with other optical components, such as optical filters for wavelength selection, or dual wavelength lasers for their stabilization. The results show a -10  dB span of the optical comb of 8.7 nm (1.08 THz), with comb spacing of 10.16 GHz. We also obtain a flatness of 44 lines within a 1.8 dB power variation. PMID:27128043

  4. Extended temporal Lugiato-Lefever equation and the effect of conjugate fields in optical resonator frequency combs

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    Loures, Cristian Redondo; Biancalana, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    Starting from the infinite-dimensional Ikeda map, we derive an extended temporal Lugiato-Lefever equation that may account for the effects of the conjugate electromagnetic fields (also called `negative frequency fields'). In the presence of nonlinearity in a ring cavity, these fields lead to new forms of modulational instability and resonant radiations. Numerical simulations based on the new extended Lugiato-Lefever model show that the negative-frequency resonant radiations emitted by ultrashort cavity solitons can impact Kerr frequency comb formation in externally pumped temporal optical cavities of small size. Our theory is very general, is not based on the slowly-varying envelope approximation, and the predictions are relevant to all kinds of resonators, such as fiber loops, microrings and microtoroids.

  5. A long-term frequency-stabilized erbium-fiber-laser-based optical frequency comb with an intra-cavity electro-optic modulator

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    Zhang, Y; Zhao, W; Meng, S; Fan, S; Zhang, L; Guo, G; Zhang, S; Jiang, H

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a home-made optical frequency comb based on an erbium-doped-fiber femtosecond laser with a ring cavity. The repetition rate of the laser is about 209 MHz determined by optical length of the laser cavity. By controlling an intra-cavity electro-optic modulator and a Piezo-transducer, the repetition rate can be stabilized with megahertz bandwidth in a range of 3 kilohertz, enabling long-term repetition rate phase-locking. The in-loop frequency instability of the repetition rate, limited by measurement system, is 1.3E-13 at 1 second integration time and inversely proportional to integration time for short terms. Using a common path f-2f interferometer, the carrier envelope offset (CEO) frequency of the frequency comb is obtained with a signal-to-noise ratio of 40 dB for 3 megahertz resolution spectrum. Stabilized CEO frequency exhibits a deviation of 0.6 milihertz at 1 second integration time.

  6. Walk-off-induced modulation instability, temporal pattern formation, and frequency comb generation in cavity-enhanced second-harmonic generation

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    Leo, F; Ricciardi, I; De Rosa, M; Coen, S; Wabnitz, S; Erkintalo, M

    2016-01-01

    We derive a time-domain mean-field equation to model the full temporal and spectral dynamics of light in singly resonant cavity-enhanced second-harmonic generation systems. We show that the temporal walk-off between the fundamental and the second-harmonic fields plays a decisive role under realistic conditions, giving rise to rich, previously unidentified nonlinear behaviour. Through linear stability analysis and numerical simulations, we discover a new kind of quadratic modulation instability which leads to the formation of optical frequency combs and associated time-domain dissipative structures. Our numerical simulations show excellent agreement with recent experimental observations of frequency combs in quadratic nonlinear media [Phys. Rev. A 91, 063839 (2015)]. Thus, in addition to unveiling a new, experimentally accessible regime of nonlinear dynamics, our work enables predictive modeling of frequency comb generation in cavity-enhanced second-harmonic generation systems.

  7. Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation in tapered chalcogenide fiber for producing octave-spanning frequency comb around 3 {\\mu}m

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    Marandi, Alireza; Plotnichenko, Victor G; Dianov, Evgeny M; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L; Byer, Robert L

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate mid-infrared (mid-IR) supercontinuum generation (SCG) with instantaneous bandwidth from 2.2 to 5 {\\mu}m at 40 dB below the peak, covering the wavelength range desirable for molecular spectroscopy and numerous other applications. The SCG occurs in a tapered As2S3 fiber prepared by in-situ tapering and is pumped by femtosecond pulses from the subharmonic of a mode-locked Er-doped fiber laser. Interference with a narrow linewidth c.w. laser verifies that the coherence properties of the near-IR frequency comb have been preserved through these cascaded nonlinear processes. With this approach stable broad mid-IR frequency combs can be derived from commercially available near-IR frequency combs without an extra stabilization mechanism.

  8. Two-Stage System Based on a Software-Defined Radio for Stabilizing of Optical Frequency Combs in Long-Term Experiments

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    Martin Čížek

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A passive optical resonator is a special sensor used for measurement of lengths on the nanometer and sub-nanometer scale. A stabilized optical frequency comb can provide an ultimate reference for measuring the wavelength of a tunable laser locked to the optical resonator. If we lock the repetition and offset frequencies of the comb to a high-grade radiofrequency (RF oscillator its relative frequency stability is transferred from the RF to the optical frequency domain. Experiments in the field of precise length metrology of low-expansion materials are usually of long-term nature so it is required that the optical frequency comb stay in operation for an extended period of time. The optoelectronic closed-loop systems used for stabilization of combs are usually based on traditional analog electronic circuits processing signals from photodetectors. From an experimental point of view, these setups are very complicated and sensitive to ambient conditions, especially in the optical part, therefore maintaining long-time operation is not easy. The research presented in this paper deals with a novel approach based on digital signal processing and a software-defined radio. We describe digital signal processing algorithms intended for keeping the femtosecond optical comb in a long-time stable operation. This need arose during specialized experiments involving measurements of optical frequencies of tunable continuous-wave lasers. The resulting system is capable of keeping the comb in lock for an extensive period of time (8 days or more with the relative stability better than 1.6 × 10−11.

  9. Novel architecture for ultra-stable micro-ring resonator based optical frequency combs

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    Pasquazi, Alessia; Peccianti, Marco; Clerici, Matteo; Ferrera, Marcello; Razzari, Luca; Duchesne, David; Little, Brent E; Chu, Sai T; Moss, David J; Morandotti, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    We report a novel geometry for OPOs based on nonlinear microcavity resonators. This approach relies on a self-locked scheme that enables OPO emission without the need for thermal locking of the pump laser to the microcavity resonance. By exploiting a CMOS-compatible microring resonator, we achieve oscillation with a complete absence of shutting down, or self-terminating behavior, a very common occurrence in externally pumped OPOs. Further, this scheme consistently produces very wide bandwidth (>300nm, limited by our experimental set-up) combs that oscillate at a spacing of the FSR of the micro cavity resonance.

  10. Single-Source AlGaAs Frequency Comb Transmitter for 661 Tbit/s Data Transmission in a 30-core Fiber

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    Hu, Hao; Da Ros, Francesco; Ye, Feihong;

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an AlGaAs-on-insulator nano-waveguide-based frequency comb with high OSNR enabling a single-source to fully load a 9.6-km heterogeneous 30-core fibre with 661 Tbit/s data achieved by 30xcores, 80xWDM, 40 Gbaud, and PDM-16QAM......We demonstrate an AlGaAs-on-insulator nano-waveguide-based frequency comb with high OSNR enabling a single-source to fully load a 9.6-km heterogeneous 30-core fibre with 661 Tbit/s data achieved by 30xcores, 80xWDM, 40 Gbaud, and PDM-16QAM...

  11. Absolute frequency measurement of the neutral 40Ca optical frequency standard at 657 nm based on microkelvin atoms

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    Wilpers, G.; Oates, C. W.; Diddams, S. A.; Bartels, A.; Fortier, T. M.; Oskay, W. H.; Bergquist, J. C.; Jefferts, S. R.; Heavner, T. P.; Parker, T. E.; Hollberg, L.

    2007-04-01

    We report an absolute frequency measurement of the optical clock transition at 657 nm in 40Ca with a relative uncertainty of 7.5 × 10-15, one of the most accurate frequency measurements of a neutral atom optical transition to date. The frequency (455 986 240 494 135.8 ± 3.4) Hz was measured by stabilizing a diode laser system to a spectroscopic signal derived from an ensemble of 106 atoms cooled in two stages to a temperature of 10 µK. The measurement used a femtosecond-laser-based frequency comb to compare the Ca transition frequency with that of the single-ion 199Hg+ optical frequency standard at NIST. The Hg+ frequency was simultaneously calibrated relative to the NIST Cs fountain via the NIST time scale to yield an absolute value for the Ca transition frequency. The relative fractional instability between the two optical standards was 2 × 10-15 for 10 s of averaging time and 2 × 10-16 for 2000 s.

  12. Absolute frequency measurement of an SF6 two-photon line using a femtosecond optical comb and sum-frequency generation

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    Amy-Klein, A; Guinet, M; Daussy, C; López, O; Shelkovnikov, A; Chardonnet, C; Amy-Klein, Anne; Goncharov, Andrei; Guinet, Mickael; Daussy, Christophe; Lopez, Olivier; Shelkovnikov, Alexander; Chardonnet, Christian

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate a new simple technique to measure IR frequencies near 30 THz using a femtosecond (fs) laser optical comb and sum-frequency generation. The optical frequency is directly compared to the distance between two modes of the fs laser, and the resulting beat note is used to control this distance which depends only on the repetition rate fr of the fs laser. The absolute frequency of a CO2 laser stabilized onto an SF6 two-photon line has been measured for the first time. This line is an attractive alternative to the usual saturated absorption OsO4 resonances used for the stabilization of CO2 lasers. First results demonstrate a fractional Allan deviation of 3.10-14 at 1 s.

  13. Coherent control of multiphoton dynamics and high-order-harmonic generation driven by two frequency-comb fields with a relative envelope delay

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    Zhao, Di; Jiang, Chen-Wei; Li, Fu-li

    2016-07-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the coherent control of multiphoton dynamics and a high-order-harmonic generation (HHG) process driven by two frequency-comb fields, via the interference of multiphoton transition paths by tuning the relative envelope delay between fields. The many-mode Floquet theorem is employed to provide a nonperturbative and exact treatment of the interaction between a quantum system and frequency-comb laser fields. The case of two frequency-comb fields with the same repetition frequency and the carrier frequencies of fundamental and second harmonics, respectively, is considered. Due to the coupling of the second harmonic controlling the frequency-comb laser field, multiphoton transitions involving both fundamental- and second-harmonic photons occur. Different multiphoton transition paths can be superpositioned when the matching condition for carrier-envelope-phase shifts is satisfied, offering the possibility of coherent control of HHG power spectra via the interference of paths by tuning the relative envelope delay between fields. The calculated HHG power spectra present both sub-cycle oscillation and multi-cycle modulation behavior when the relative envelope delay is varied. It is also found that, under the condition of multiphoton resonance, the HHG power spectra can be further enhanced by about 10 times via the interference of multiphoton transition paths by tuning the relative envelope delay.

  14. Evaluation of lenght of the Fabry-Perot cavity with ultra-low expansion spacer with optical frequency comb

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    Šmíd, Radek; Čížek, Martin; Číp, Ondřej

    Praha: Institute of Plasma Physics, 2012 - (Vít, T.; Kovačičinová, J.; Lédl, V.), s. 132-136 ISBN 978-80-87026-02-1. [Optics and Measurement 2012. Liberec (CZ), 16.10.2012-18.10.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GPP102/12/P962; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA ČR GPP102/11/P819 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Fabry-Perot cavity * ultra-low expansion * coeffiecient of thermal expansion * optical frequency comb Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  15. Open-Air, Broad-Bandwidth Trace-Gas Sensing with a Mid-Infrared Optical Frequency Comb

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    Nugent-Glandorf, Lora; Diddams, Scott A

    2014-01-01

    A mid-Infrared frequency comb is produced via an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by an amplified 100 MHz Yb:fiber mode-locked laser. We use this source to make measurements of the concentration of the atmospherically-relevant species of CH4 and H2O over a bandwidth of 100 nm centered at 3.25 um. Multiple absorption lines for each species are detected with millisecond acquisition time using a virtually-imaged phased array (VIPA) spectrometer. The measured wavelength-dependent absorption profile is compared to and fitted by a model, yielding quantitative values of the atmospheric concentration of both CH4 and H2O in a controlled indoor environment, as well as over a 26 m open air outdoor path.

  16. Multifrequency sources of quantum correlated photon pairs on-chip: a path toward integrated Quantum Frequency Combs

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    Caspani, Lucia; Reimer, Christian; Kues, Michael; Roztocki, Piotr; Clerici, Matteo; Wetzel, Benjamin; Jestin, Yoann; Ferrera, Marcello; Peccianti, Marco; Pasquazi, Alessia; Razzari, Luca; Little, Brent E.; Chu, Sai T.; Moss, David J.; Morandotti, Roberto

    2016-06-01

    Recent developments in quantum photonics have initiated the process of bringing photonic-quantumbased systems out-of-the-lab and into real-world applications. As an example, devices to enable the exchange of a cryptographic key secured by the laws of quantum mechanics are already commercially available. In order to further boost this process, the next step is to transfer the results achieved by means of bulky and expensive setups into miniaturized and affordable devices. Integrated quantum photonics is exactly addressing this issue. In this paper, we briefly review the most recent advancements in the generation of quantum states of light on-chip. In particular, we focus on optical microcavities, as they can offer a solution to the problem of low efficiency that is characteristic of the materials typically used in integrated platforms. In addition, we show that specifically designed microcavities can also offer further advantages, such as compatibility with telecom standards (for exploiting existing fibre networks) and quantum memories (necessary to extend the communication distance), as well as giving a longitudinal multimode character for larger information transfer and processing. This last property (i.e., the increased dimensionality of the photon quantum state) is achieved through the ability to generate multiple photon pairs on a frequency comb, corresponding to the microcavity resonances. Further achievements include the possibility of fully exploiting the polarization degree of freedom, even for integrated devices. These results pave the way for the generation of integrated quantum frequency combs that, in turn, may find important applications toward the realization of a compact quantum-computing platform.

  17. Multi-dimensional laser mode combs (mode hyper-combs)

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    Schwartz, Alon

    2012-01-01

    Laser frequency combs, as most lasers, are one-dimensional. Here we present a realization of d-dimensional laser mode lattices (mode hyper-combs) with unique properties. They are constructed from regular 1-dimensional combs by multi-frequency modulation in active mode-locking (AML). The hyper-comb, with near neighbor mode interaction and noise functioning as temperature, is mapped to interacting magnetic spin-lattices in the spherical-model, which is one of the few statistical-mechanics systems soluble in all dimensions. The important result is that such systems have, in d>2 dimensions, a phase-transition to a global mode-phase-ordered hyper-comb. It changes the nature of AML lasers, giving ultimately short and robust pulses which can capture very broad frequency bandwidths. Additionally, the hyper-combs can serve as a rare physical realization of the spherical-model in any dimension.

  18. Comparison of Monolithic Optical Frequency Comb Generators Based on Passively Mode-Locked Lasers for Continuous Wave mm-Wave and Sub-THz Generation

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    Criado, A. R.; de Dios, C.; Acedo, P.; Carpintero, G.; Yvind, Kresten

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, two different Passive Mode-Locked Laser Diodes (PMLLD) structures, a Fabry–Perot cavity and a ring cavity laser are characterized and evaluated as monolithic Optical Frequency Comb Generators (OFCG) for CW sub-THz generation. An extensive characterization of the devices under study...

  19. Ultralow-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal generator assisted with an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb

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    Ishizawa, A.; Nishikawa, T.; Goto, T.; Hitachi, K.; Sogawa, T.; Gotoh, H.

    2016-05-01

    Low-noise millimetre-wave signals are valuable for digital sampling systems, arbitrary waveform generation for ultra-wideband communications, and coherent radar systems. However, the phase noise of widely used conventional signal generators (SGs) will increase as the millimetre-wave frequency increases. Our goal has been to improve commercially available SGs so that they provide a low-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal with assistance from an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb (EOM-OFC). Here, we show that the phase noise can be greatly reduced by bridging the vast frequency difference between the gigahertz and terahertz ranges with an EOM-OFC. The EOM-OFC serves as a liaison that magnifies the phase noise of the SG. With the EOM-OFC used as a phase noise “booster” for a millimetre-wave signal, the phase noise of widely used SGs can be reduced at an arbitrary frequency f (6 ≦ f ≦ 72 GHz).

  20. Ultralow-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal generator assisted with an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb.

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    Ishizawa, A; Nishikawa, T; Goto, T; Hitachi, K; Sogawa, T; Gotoh, H

    2016-01-01

    Low-noise millimetre-wave signals are valuable for digital sampling systems, arbitrary waveform generation for ultra-wideband communications, and coherent radar systems. However, the phase noise of widely used conventional signal generators (SGs) will increase as the millimetre-wave frequency increases. Our goal has been to improve commercially available SGs so that they provide a low-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal with assistance from an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb (EOM-OFC). Here, we show that the phase noise can be greatly reduced by bridging the vast frequency difference between the gigahertz and terahertz ranges with an EOM-OFC. The EOM-OFC serves as a liaison that magnifies the phase noise of the SG. With the EOM-OFC used as a phase noise "booster" for a millimetre-wave signal, the phase noise of widely used SGs can be reduced at an arbitrary frequency f (6 ≦ f ≦ 72 GHz). PMID:27185040

  1. Ultralow-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal generator assisted with an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb

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    Ishizawa, A.; Nishikawa, T.; Goto, T.; Hitachi, K.; Sogawa, T.; Gotoh, H.

    2016-01-01

    Low-noise millimetre-wave signals are valuable for digital sampling systems, arbitrary waveform generation for ultra-wideband communications, and coherent radar systems. However, the phase noise of widely used conventional signal generators (SGs) will increase as the millimetre-wave frequency increases. Our goal has been to improve commercially available SGs so that they provide a low-phase-noise millimetre-wave signal with assistance from an electro-optics-modulator-based optical frequency comb (EOM-OFC). Here, we show that the phase noise can be greatly reduced by bridging the vast frequency difference between the gigahertz and terahertz ranges with an EOM-OFC. The EOM-OFC serves as a liaison that magnifies the phase noise of the SG. With the EOM-OFC used as a phase noise “booster” for a millimetre-wave signal, the phase noise of widely used SGs can be reduced at an arbitrary frequency f (6 ≦ f ≦ 72 GHz). PMID:27185040

  2. Terahertz Frequency-Domain Spectroscopy of Low-Pressure Acetonitrile Gas by a Photomixing Terahertz Synthesizer Referenced to Dual Optical Frequency Combs

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    Hsieh, Yi-Da; Kimura, Hiroto; Hayashi, Kenta; Minamikawa, Takeo; Mizutani, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu; Iwata, Tetsuo; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru; Hindle, Francis; Yasui, Takeshi

    2016-05-01

    A terahertz (THz) frequency synthesizer based on photomixing of two near-infrared lasers with a sub-THz to THz frequency offset is a powerful tool for spectroscopy of polar gas molecules due to its broad spectral coverage; however, its frequency accuracy and resolution are relatively low. To tune the output frequency continuously and widely while maintaining its traceability to a frequency standard, we developed a photomixing THz synthesizer phase-locked to dual optical frequency combs (OFCs). While the phase-locking to dual OFCs ensured continuous tuning within a spectral range of 120 GHz, in addition to the traceability to the frequency standard, use of a broadband uni-traveling carrier photodiode for photomixing enabled the generation of CW-THz radiation within a frequency range from 0.2 to 1.5 THz. We demonstrated THz frequency-domain spectroscopy of gas-phase acetonitrile CH3CN and its isotope CH3 13CN in the frequency range of 0.600-0.720 THz using this THz synthesizer. Their rotational transitions were assigned with a frequency accuracy of 8.42 × 10-8 and a frequency resolution of 520 kHz. Furthermore, the concentration of the CH3CN gas at 20 Pa was determined to be (5.41 ± 0.05) × 1014 molecules/cm3 by curve fitting analysis of the measured absorbance spectrum, and the mixture ratio of the mixed CH3CN/CH3 13CN gas was determined to be 1:2.26 with a gas concentration of 1014-1015 molecules/cm3. The developed THz synthesizer is highly promising for high-precision THz-FDS of low-pressure molecular gases and will enable the qualitative and quantitative analyses of multiple gases.

  3. Measurement of the binding energy of ultracold $^{87}$Rb$^{133}$Cs molecules using an offset-free optical frequency comb

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    Molony, Peter K; Gregory, Philip D; Kliese, Russell; Puppe, Thomas; Sueur, C Ruth Le; Aldegunde, Jesus; Hutson, Jeremy M; Cornish, Simon L

    2016-01-01

    We report the binding energy of $^{87}$Rb$^{133}$Cs molecules in their rovibrational ground state measured using an offset-free optical frequency comb based on difference frequency generation technology. We create molecules in the absolute ground state using stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) with a transfer efficiency of 88\\%. By measuring the absolute frequencies of our STIRAP lasers, we find the energy-level difference from an initial weakly-bound Feshbach state to the rovibrational ground state with a resolution of 5 kHz over an energy-level difference of more than 114 THz; this lets us discern the hyperfine splitting of the ground state. Combined with theoretical models of the Feshbach state binding energies and ground-state hyperfine structure, we determine a zero-field binding energy of $h\\times114\\,268\\,135\\,237(5)(50)$ kHz. To our knowledge, this is the most accurate determination to date of the dissociation energy of a molecule.

  4. A decade-spanning high-resolution asynchronous optical sampling terahertz time-domain and frequency comb spectrometer

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    Good, Jacob T.; Holland, Daniel B.; Finneran, Ian A.; Carroll, P. Brandon; Kelley, Matthew J.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2015-10-01

    We present the design and capabilities of a high-resolution, decade-spanning ASynchronous OPtical Sampling (ASOPS)-based TeraHertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) instrument. Our system employs dual mode-locked femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillators with repetition rates offset locked at 100 Hz via a Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) operating at the 60th harmonic of the ˜80 MHz oscillator repetition rates. The respective time delays of the individual laser pulses are scanned across a 12.5 ns window in a laboratory scan time of 10 ms, supporting a time delay resolution as fine as 15.6 fs. The repetition rate of the pump oscillator is synchronized to a Rb frequency standard via a PLL operating at the 12th harmonic of the oscillator repetition rate, achieving milliHertz (mHz) stability. We characterize the timing jitter of the system using an air-spaced etalon, an optical cross correlator, and the phase noise spectrum of the PLL. Spectroscopic applications of ASOPS-THz-TDS are demonstrated by measuring water vapor absorption lines from 0.55 to 3.35 THz and acetonitrile absorption lines from 0.13 to 1.39 THz in a short pathlength gas cell. With 70 min of data acquisition, a 50 dB signal-to-noise ratio is achieved. The achieved root-mean-square deviation is 14.6 MHz, with a mean deviation of 11.6 MHz, for the measured water line center frequencies as compared to the JPL molecular spectroscopy database. Further, with the same instrument and data acquisition hardware, we use the ability to control the repetition rate of the pump oscillator to enable THz frequency comb spectroscopy (THz-FCS). Here, a frequency comb with a tooth width of 5 MHz is generated and used to fully resolve the pure rotational spectrum of acetonitrile with Doppler-limited precision. The oscillator repetition rate stability achieved by our PLL lock circuits enables sub-MHz tooth width generation, if desired. This instrument provides unprecedented decade-spanning, tunable resolution, from 80 MHz down to sub

  5. A decade-spanning high-resolution asynchronous optical sampling terahertz time-domain and frequency comb spectrometer.

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    Good, Jacob T; Holland, Daniel B; Finneran, Ian A; Carroll, P Brandon; Kelley, Matthew J; Blake, Geoffrey A

    2015-10-01

    We present the design and capabilities of a high-resolution, decade-spanning ASynchronous OPtical Sampling (ASOPS)-based TeraHertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) instrument. Our system employs dual mode-locked femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillators with repetition rates offset locked at 100 Hz via a Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) operating at the 60th harmonic of the ∼80 MHz oscillator repetition rates. The respective time delays of the individual laser pulses are scanned across a 12.5 ns window in a laboratory scan time of 10 ms, supporting a time delay resolution as fine as 15.6 fs. The repetition rate of the pump oscillator is synchronized to a Rb frequency standard via a PLL operating at the 12th harmonic of the oscillator repetition rate, achieving milliHertz (mHz) stability. We characterize the timing jitter of the system using an air-spaced etalon, an optical cross correlator, and the phase noise spectrum of the PLL. Spectroscopic applications of ASOPS-THz-TDS are demonstrated by measuring water vapor absorption lines from 0.55 to 3.35 THz and acetonitrile absorption lines from 0.13 to 1.39 THz in a short pathlength gas cell. With 70 min of data acquisition, a 50 dB signal-to-noise ratio is achieved. The achieved root-mean-square deviation is 14.6 MHz, with a mean deviation of 11.6 MHz, for the measured water line center frequencies as compared to the JPL molecular spectroscopy database. Further, with the same instrument and data acquisition hardware, we use the ability to control the repetition rate of the pump oscillator to enable THz frequency comb spectroscopy (THz-FCS). Here, a frequency comb with a tooth width of 5 MHz is generated and used to fully resolve the pure rotational spectrum of acetonitrile with Doppler-limited precision. The oscillator repetition rate stability achieved by our PLL lock circuits enables sub-MHz tooth width generation, if desired. This instrument provides unprecedented decade-spanning, tunable resolution, from 80 MHz down to sub

  6. Ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation using a diode-pumped solid-state laser based frequency comb and a polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver.

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    Portuondo-Campa, Erwin; Buchs, Gilles; Kundermann, Stefan; Balet, Laurent; Lecomte, Steve

    2015-12-14

    We report ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation at a 9.6 GHz carrier frequency from optical frequency combs based on diode-pumped solid-state lasers emitting at telecom wavelength and referenced to a common cavity-stabilized continuous-wave laser. Using a novel fibered polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver, a single-oscillator phase-noise floor of -171 dBc/Hz at 10 MHz offset frequency has been measured with commercial PIN InGaAs photodiodes, constituting a record for this type of detector. Also, a direct optical measurement of the stabilized frequency combs' timing jitter was performed using a balanced optical cross correlator, allowing for an identification of the origin of the phase-noise limitations in the system. PMID:26699033

  7. Nonlinear Doppler - Free comb-spectroscopy in counter-propagating fields

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    Pulkin, S A; Arnautov, V; Uvarova, S V; Savel'eva, S

    2014-01-01

    The method of Doppler - free comb - spectroscopy for dipole transitions was proposed. The calculations for susceptibility spectrum for moving two-level atoms driving by strong counter propagating combs have been done. The used theoretical method based on the Fourier expansion of the components of density matrix on two rows on kv (v-velocity of group of atoms, k-projection of wave vector) and {\\Omega} (frequency between comb components). For testing of validity of this method the direct numerical integration was done. The narrow peaks with homogeneous width arise on the background of Doppler counter. The contrast of these peaks is large for largest amplitudes of comb-components. Power broadening is increasing with increase of field amplitudes. The spectral range of absorption spectrum is determined by the spectral range of comb generator and all homogeneous lines arise simultaneously. The spectral resolution is determined by the width of homogeneously-broadening lines. The physical nature of narrow peaks is in...

  8. Absolute spectroscopy of N2O near 4.5 μm with a comb-calibrated, frequency-swept quantum cascade laser spectrometer.

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    Knabe, Kevin; Williams, Paul A; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R; Radunsky, Michael B; Armacost, Chris M; Crivello, Sam; Newbury, Nathan R

    2013-01-14

    We present absolute line center frequencies for 24 fundamental ν3 ro-vibrational P-branch transitions near 4.5 μm in N2O with an absolute expanded (multiplied by 2) frequency uncertainty of 800 kHz. The spectra are acquired with a swept laser spectrometer consisting of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser whose instantaneous frequency is continuously tracked against a near-infrared frequency comb. The measured absorbance profiles have a well-calibrated frequency axis, and are fitted to determine absolute line center values. We discuss the main sources of uncertainty. PMID:23388996

  9. Self-referencable frequency comb from a 170-fs, 1.5-μm solid-state laser oscillator

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    Stumpf, M. C.; Pekarek, S.; Oehler, A. E. H.; Südmeyer, T.; Dudley, J. M.; Keller, U.

    2010-05-01

    We report measurement of the first carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency signal from a spectrally broadened ultrafast solid-state laser oscillator operating in the 1.5 μm spectral region. The f-to-2 f CEO frequency beat signal is 49 dB above the noise floor (100-kHz resolution bandwidth) and the free-running linewidth of 3.6 kHz is significantly better than typically obtained by ultrafast fiber laser systems. We used a SESAM mode-locked Er:Yb:glass laser generating 170-fs pulses at a 75 MHz pulse repetition rate with 110-mW average power. It is pumped by one standard telecom-grade 980-nm diode consuming less than 1.5 W of electrical power. Without any further pulse compression and amplification, a coherent octave-spanning frequency comb is generated in a polarization-maintaining highly-nonlinear fiber (PM-HNLF). The fiber length was optimized to yield a strong CEO frequency beat signal between the outer Raman soliton and the spectral peak of the dispersive wave within the supercontinuum. The polarization-maintaining property of the supercontinuum fiber was crucial; comparable octave-spanning supercontinua from two non-PM fibers showed higher intensity noise and poor coherence. A stable CEO-beat was observed even with pulse durations above 200 fs. Achieving a strong CEO frequency signal from relatively long pulses with moderate power levels substantially relaxes the demands on the driving laser, which is particularly important for novel gigahertz diode-pumped solid-state and semiconductor lasers.

  10. Ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation using a diode-pumped solid-state laser based frequency comb and a polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver

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    Portuondo-Campa, Erwin; Kundermann, Stefan; Balet, Laurent; Lecomte, Steve

    2015-01-01

    We report ultra-low phase-noise microwave generation at a 9.6 GHz carrier frequency from optical frequency combs based on diode-pumped solid-state lasers emitting at telecom wavelength and referenced to a common cavity-stabilized continuous-wave laser. Using a novel fibered polarization-maintaining pulse interleaver, a single-oscillator phase-noise floor of -171 dBc/Hz has been measured with commercial PIN InGaAs photodiodes, constituting a record for this type of detector. Also, a direct optical measurement of the stabilized frequency combs timing jitter was performed using a balanced optical cross correlator, allowing for an identification of the origin of the current phase-noise limitations in the system.

  11. Experimental entanglement of 60 modes of the quantum optical frequency comb and application to generating hypercubic-lattice cluster states

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    Pfister, Olivier; Chen, Moran; Wang, Pei; Fan, Wenjiang; Menicucci, Nicolas

    2014-05-01

    In the race to build a practical quantum computer in the laboratory, the ability to create very large quantum registers and entangle them is paramount, along with the ability to address the issue of decoherence. With particular regard to scalability, the field-based, continuous-variable (CV) flavor of quantum optics offers notable promise, in particular by enabling ``top down,'' rather than ``bottom up,'' entangling approaches of quantum field modes. It is also important to note the relevance of continuous variables to universal quantum computing, with the recent discovery of a fault tolerance threshold for quantum computing with CV cluster states and nonGaussian error correction. In 2011, some of us generated simultaneously 15 independent 4-mode cluster states over 60 modes of the quantum optical frequency comb (QOFC) of a single optical parametric oscillator (OPO). In this work, we used a single OPO to generate a 60-mode dual-rail cluster state, which is the largest entangled system to date whose subsystems are all simultaneously available. Using the exact same setup, we also generated two copies of a 30-mode dual-rail cluster state. We will then present a new proposal to ``weave'' such massively scalable continuous-variable cluster states into hypercubic-lattice quantum graphs Work supported by NSF grants PHY-0855632 and PHY-1206029.

  12. High-accuracy correction of air refractive index by using two-color heterodyne interferometry of optical frequency combs

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    High-accuracy two-color heterodyne interferometry based on fundamental and second harmonic of frequency combs for air refractive index correction is developed. A monitor interferometer as well as a probe interferometer is constructed to compensate the phase noises and drifts, which are caused by introducing the acousto-optic modulators for heterodyne interferometer, to realize high-accuracy measurement of optical distance. A relative stability of 10−10 to the total length for 500 s is achieved in the measurement of an optical path length difference between two wavelengths. In long-term measurements, the interferometric measurement results and the calculations from empirical equation of air refractive indices are in good agreement with a standard deviation of 4.1 × 10−10 throughout the 10 h period. By applying the two-color method, high-accuracy correction of air refractive index with an uncertainty of 8.9 × 10−8 is achieved during 10 h continuous measurements while the total refractive index changes with a range of 2.0 × 10−6. (paper)

  13. Optical frequency comb spectroscopy at 3-5.4 {\\mu}m with a doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator

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    Khodabakhsh, Amir; Rutkowski, Lucile; Johansson, Alexandra C; Lee, Kevin F; Jiang, Jie; Mohr, Christian; Fermann, Martin E; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra

    2016-01-01

    We present a versatile mid-infrared frequency comb spectroscopy system based on a doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator tunable in the 3-5.4 {\\mu}m range and two detection methods, a Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) and a Vernier spectrometer. Using the FTS with a multipass cell we measure high-precision broadband absorption spectra of CH$_4$ and NO at ~3.3 {\\mu}m and ~5.2 {\\mu}m, respectively, and of atmospheric species (CH$_4$, CO, CO$_2$ and H$_2$O) in air in the signal and idler wavelength range. The figure of merit of the system is on the order of 10$^{-8}$ cm$^{-1}$ Hz$^{-1/2}$ per spectral element, and multiline fitting yields minimum detectable concentrations of 10-20 ppb Hz$^{-1/2}$ for CH$_4$, NO and CO. For the first time in the mid-infrared, we perform continuous-filtering Vernier spectroscopy using a low finesse enhancement cavity, a grating and a single detector, and measure the absorption spectrum of CH$_4$ and H$_2$O in ambient air at ~3.3 {\\mu}m.

  14. High power frequency comb based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser at λ ∼ 9 μm

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    We investigate a frequency comb source based on a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser at λ ∼ 9 μm with high power output. A broad flat-top gain with near-zero group velocity dispersion has been engineered using a dual-core active region structure. This favors the locking of the dispersed Fabry-Pérot modes into equally spaced frequency lines via four wave mixing. A current range with a narrow intermode beating linewidth of 3 kHz is identified with a fast detector and spectrum analyzer. This range corresponds to a broad spectral coverage of 65 cm−1 and a high power output of 180 mW for ∼176 comb modes

  15. High power frequency comb based on mid-infrared quantum cascade laser at λ ∼ 9 μm

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    Lu, Q. Y.; Razeghi, M., E-mail: razeghi@eecs.northwestern.edu; Slivken, S.; Bandyopadhyay, N.; Bai, Y.; Zhou, W. J.; Chen, M.; Heydari, D.; Haddadi, A.; McClintock, R. [Center for Quantum Devices, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Amanti, M.; Sirtori, C. [Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Université Paris Diderot and CNRS, UMR7162, 75205 Paris (France)

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    We investigate a frequency comb source based on a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser at λ ∼ 9 μm with high power output. A broad flat-top gain with near-zero group velocity dispersion has been engineered using a dual-core active region structure. This favors the locking of the dispersed Fabry-Pérot modes into equally spaced frequency lines via four wave mixing. A current range with a narrow intermode beating linewidth of 3 kHz is identified with a fast detector and spectrum analyzer. This range corresponds to a broad spectral coverage of 65 cm{sup −1} and a high power output of 180 mW for ∼176 comb modes.

  16. On the dispersion management of fluorite whispering-gallery mode resonators for Kerr optical frequency comb generation in the telecom and mid-infrared range

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    Lin, Guoping

    2015-01-01

    Optical whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators have been very attracting platforms for versatile Kerr frequency comb generations. We report a systematic study on the material dispersion of various optical materials that are capable of supporting quality factors above $10^9$. Using an analytical approximation of WGM resonant frequencies in disk resonators, we investigate the effect of the geometry and transverse mode order on the total group-velocity dispersion ($GVD$). We demonstrate that the major radii and the radial mode indices play an important role in tailoring the $GVD$ of WGM resonators. In particular, our study shows that in WGM disk-resonators, the polar families of modes have very similar $GVD$, while the radial families of modes feature dispersion values that can differ by up to several orders of magnitude. The effect of these giant dispersion shifts are experimentally evidenced in Kerr comb generation with magnesium fluoride. From a more general perspective, this critical feature enables to pus...

  17. Quasi-phase-matched concurrent nonlinearities in periodically poled KTiOPO(4) for quantum computing over the optical frequency comb.

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    Pysher, Matthew; Bahabad, Alon; Peng, Peng; Arie, Ady; Pfister, Olivier

    2010-02-15

    We report the successful design and experimental implementation of three coincident nonlinear interactions, namely ZZZ (type 0), ZYY (type I), and YYZ/YZY (type II) second-harmonic generation of 780 nm light from a 1560 nm pump beam in a single, multigrating, periodically poled KTiOPO(4) crystal. The resulting nonlinear medium is the key component for making a scalable quantum computer over the optical frequency comb of a single optical parametric oscillator. PMID:20160819

  18. Effect of the Carrier-Envelope-Offset Dynamics on the Stabilization of a Diode-Pumped Solid-State Frequency Comb

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    Bucalovic, Nikola; Dolgovskiy, Vladimir; Stumpf, Max C.; Schori, Christian; Di Domenico, Gianni; Keller, Ursula; Schilt, Stéphane; Südmeyer, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the dynamics of the carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency, ƒ CEO, controlled by a pump current on the self-referencing of an optical frequency comb generated from a diode-pumped solid-state laser at 1.56 μm. We observe a reversal point in the tuning of ƒ CEO with the pump current. Between the low- and high-frequency region in the dynamic response of ƒ CEO to pump current modulation, we observe a significant phase shift of ≈180  deg in the transfer function. As a result, it is...

  19. Walk-Off-Induced Modulation Instability, Temporal Pattern Formation, and Frequency Comb Generation in Cavity-Enhanced Second-Harmonic Generation

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    Leo, F.; Hansson, T.; Ricciardi, I.; De Rosa, M.; Coen, S.; Wabnitz, S.; Erkintalo, M.

    2016-01-01

    We derive a time-domain mean-field equation to model the full temporal and spectral dynamics of light in singly resonant cavity-enhanced second-harmonic generation systems. We show that the temporal walk-off between the fundamental and the second-harmonic fields plays a decisive role under realistic conditions, giving rise to rich, previously unidentified nonlinear behavior. Through linear stability analysis and numerical simulations, we discover a new kind of quadratic modulation instability which leads to the formation of optical frequency combs and associated time-domain dissipative structures. Our numerical simulations show excellent agreement with recent experimental observations of frequency combs in quadratic nonlinear media [Phys. Rev. A 91, 063839 (2015)]. Thus, in addition to unveiling a new, experimentally accessible regime of nonlinear dynamics, our work enables predictive modeling of frequency comb generation in cavity-enhanced second-harmonic generation systems. We expect our findings to have wide impact on the study of temporal and spectral dynamics in a diverse range of dispersive, quadratically nonlinear resonators.

  20. Ultrafast electrooptic dual-comb interferometry

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    Duran, Vicente; Torres-Company, Victor

    2015-01-01

    The femtosecond laser frequency comb has enabled the 21st century revolution in optical synthesis and metrology. A particularly compelling technique that relies on the broadband coherence of two laser frequency combs is dual-comb interferometry. This method is rapidly advancing the field of optical spectroscopy and empowering new applications, from nonlinear microscopy to laser ranging. Up to now, most dual-comb interferometers were based on modelocked lasers, whose repetition rates have restricted the measurement speed to ~ kHz. Here we demonstrate a novel dual-comb interferometer that is based on electrooptic frequency comb technology and measures consecutive complex spectra at a record-high refresh rate of 25 MHz. These results pave the way for novel scientific and metrology applications of frequency comb generators beyond the realm of molecular spectroscopy, where the measurement of ultrabroadband waveforms is of paramount relevance.

  1. Intracavity trace molecular detection with a broadband mid-IR frequency comb source

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    Haakestad, Magnus W; Leindecker, Nick; Marandi, Alireza; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasensitive detection of methane, isotopic carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, acetylene and ethylene is performed in the spectral range 2.5 - 5 \\mu m using intracavity spectroscopy in broadband optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). The OPOs were operated near degeneracy and synchronously pumped either by a mode-locked erbium (1560 nm) or thulium (2050 nm) fiber laser. A large instantaneous bandwidth of up to 800 cm$^{-1}$ allows for simultaneous detection of several gases. We observe an effective path length enhancement due to coherent interaction inside the OPO cavity and achieve part-per-billion sensitivity levels. The measured spectral shapes are in good agreement with a model that takes into account group delay dispersion across the broad OPO frequency band.

  2. Quantum dynamics of Kerr optical frequency combs below and above threshold: Spontaneous four-wave mixing, entanglement, and squeezed states of light

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    Chembo, Yanne K.

    2016-03-01

    The dynamical behavior of Kerr optical frequency combs is very well understood today from the perspective of the semiclassical approximation. These combs are obtained by pumping an ultrahigh-Q whispering-gallery mode resonator with a continuous-wave laser. The long-lifetime photons are trapped within the toruslike eigenmodes of the resonator, where they interact nonlinearly via the Kerr effect. In this article, we use quantum Langevin equations to provide a theoretical understanding of the nonclassical behavior of these combs when pumped below and above threshold. In the configuration where the system is under threshold, the pump field is the unique oscillating mode inside the resonator, and it triggers the phenomenon of spontaneous four-wave mixing, where two photons from the pump are symmetrically up- and down-converted in the Fourier domain. This phenomenon, also referred to as parametric fluorescence, can only be understood and analyzed from a fully quantum perspective as a consequence of the coupling between the field of the central (pumped) mode and the vacuum fluctuations of the various side modes. We analytically calculate the power spectra of the spontaneous emission noise, and we show that these spectra can be either single- or double-peaked depending on the value of the laser frequency, chromatic dispersion, pump power, and spectral distance between the central mode and the side mode of interest. We also calculate as well the overall spontaneous noise power per side mode and propose simplified analytical expressions for some particular cases. In the configuration where the system is pumped above threshold, we investigate the phenomena of quantum correlations and multimode squeezed states of light that can occur in the Kerr frequency combs originating from stimulated four-wave mixing. We show that for all stationary spatiotemporal patterns, the side modes that are symmetrical relative to the pumped mode in the frequency domain display quantum correlations

  3. Direct generation of 12.5-GHz-spaced optical frequency comb with ultrabroad coverage in near-infrared region by cascaded fiber configuration.

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    Kashiwagi, Ken; Kurokawa, Takashi; Okuyama, Yasushi; Mori, Takahiro; Tanaka, Yosuke; Yamamoto, Yoshinori; Hirano, Masaaki

    2016-04-18

    We generated a 12.5-GHz-spacing optical frequency comb that can be resolved over 100 THz, from 1040 to 1750 nm, without spectral mode filtering. To cover such a broad spectrum, we used electro-optic modulation of single frequency light and line-by-line pulse synthesis to produce a clear pulse train and subsequent spectral broadening in highly nonlinear fibers (HNLFs). We numerically and experimentally investigated a configuration of the HNLFs and find that a two-stage broadening through different HNLFs is required when using limited pulse energy at a high repetition rate. We designed and fabricated solid silica-based HNLFs with small zero-dispersion wavelengths to obtain strong spectral broadening, especially at the shorter wavelengths. The individual lines of the proposed frequency comb are resolvable with high contrast over the entire spectral range. The results described in this paper should lead to the development of multicarrier sources for wavelength-division-multiplexing communication and super-multi-point frequency calibration for spectrometers, especially in astrophysics. PMID:27137251

  4. Two-Stage System Based on a Software-Defined Radio for Stabilizing of Optical Frequency Combs in Long-Term Experiments

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    Čížek, Martin; Hucl, Václav; Hrabina, Jan; Šmíd, Radek; Mikel, Břetislav; Lazar, Josef; Číp, Ondřej

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 14, č. 1 (2014), s. 1757-1770. ISSN 1424-8220 R&D Projects: GA ČR GPP102/11/P819; GA ČR GAP102/10/1813; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA MŠk EE2.4.31.0016 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : optical frequency combs * digital signal processing * software-defined radio * beat note * stabilization * long-term operation Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 2.245, year: 2014

  5. Effect of the carrier-envelope-offset dynamics on the stabilization of a diode-pumped solid-state frequency comb.

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    Bucalovic, N; Dolgovskiy, V; Stumpf, M C; Schori, C; Di Domenico, G; Keller, U; Schilt, S; Südmeyer, T

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the dynamics of the carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency, f(CEO), controlled by a pump current on the self-referencing of an optical frequency comb generated from a diode-pumped solid-state laser at 1.56 μm. We observe a reversal point in the tuning of f(CEO) with the pump current. Between the low- and high-frequency region in the dynamic response of f(CEO) to pump current modulation, we observe a significant phase shift of ≈180 deg in the transfer function. As a result, it is impossible to stabilize f(CEO) at a pump current above the reversal point, although the free-running CEO beat at this point has a higher signal-to-noise ratio than underneath the reversal point at which the locking is straightforward. Our results indicate that a high signal-to-noise ratio and a low-noise CEO beat are not sufficient indicators for the feasibility of comb self-referencing in cases for which CEO dynamics play a dominant role. PMID:23114318

  6. CEO stabilized frequency comb from a 1-μm Kerr-lens mode-locked bulk Yb:CYA laser.

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    Yu, Zijiao; Han, Hainian; Xie, Yang; Peng, Yingnan; Xu, Xiaodong; Wei, Zhiyi

    2016-02-01

    We report the first Kerr-lens mode-locked (KLM) bulk frequency comb in the 1-μm spectral regime. The fundamental KLM Yb:CYA laser is pumped by a low-noise, high-bright 976-nm fiber laser and typically provides 250-mW output power and 57-fs pulse duration. Only 58-mW output pulses were launched into a 1.3-m photonic crystal fiber (PCF) for one octave-spanning supercontinuum generation. Using a simplified collinear f-2f interferometer, the free-running carrier-envelope offset (CEO) frequency was measured to be 42-dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for a 100-kHz resolution and 9.6-kHz full width at half maximum (FWHM) under a 100-Hz resolution. A long-term CEO control at 23 MHz was ultimately realized by feeding the phase error signal to the pump power of the oscillator. The integrated phase noise (IPN) of the locked CEO was measured to be 316 mrad with an integrated range from 1 Hz to 10 MHz. The standard deviation and Allan deviation for more than 4-hour recording are 1.6 mHz and 5.6 × 10(-18) (for 1-s gate time), respectively. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the best stability achieved among the 1-μm solid-state frequency combs. PMID:26906875

  7. Radio frequency atomic hydrogen beam source

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    A simple, convenient rf discharge source for the production of an intense beam of hydrogen atoms is described. The design and operation is such that the discharge tube can be operated over a period of several thousand hours, producing an intense beam with dissociation approx.95%

  8. Ultrafast electrooptic dual-comb interferometry.

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    Durán, Vicente; Tainta, Santiago; Torres-Company, Victor

    2015-11-16

    Dual-comb interferometry is a particularly compelling technique that relies on the phase coherence of two laser frequency combs for measuring broadband complex spectra. This method is rapidly advancing the field of optical spectroscopy and empowering new applications, from nonlinear microscopy to laser ranging. Up to now, most dual-comb interferometers were based on modelocked lasers, whose repetition rates have restricted the measurement speed to ~kHz. Here we demonstrate a dual-comb interferometer that is based on electrooptic frequency combs and measures consecutive complex spectra at an ultra-high refresh rate of 25 MHz. These results pave the way for novel scientific and metrology applications of frequency comb generators beyond the realm of molecular spectroscopy, where the measurement of ultrabroadband waveforms is of paramount relevance. PMID:26698533

  9. Sub-MHz accuracy measurement of the S(2) 2-0 transition frequency of D2 by Comb-Assisted Cavity Ring Down spectroscopy

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    Mondelain, D.; Kassi, S.; Sala, T.; Romanini, D.; Gatti, D.; Campargue, A.

    2016-08-01

    The line position of the very weak S(2) transition of deuterium in the 2-0 band has been measured with a Comb-Assisted Cavity Ring Down spectrometer. The high sensitivity spectra were recorded at 5 and 10 mbar with a Noise Equivalent Absorption, αmin, of 8 × 10-11 cm-1. The line positions at 5 and 10 mbar were measured with sub-MHz accuracy (460 and 260 kHz, respectively). After correction of the line pressure-shift, the frequency at zero pressure of the S(2) transition of the first overtone band was determined to be 187 104 299.51 ± 0.50 MHz. This value agrees within 1.7 MHz with the frequency obtained from the best available ab initio calculations and corresponds to only 15% of the claimed theoretical uncertainty.

  10. High-frequency multimodal atomic force microscopy

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Multifrequency atomic force microscopy imaging has been recently demonstrated as a powerful technique for quickly obtaining information about the mechanical properties of a sample. Combining this development with recent gains in imaging speed through small cantilevers holds the promise of a convenient, high-speed method for obtaining nanoscale topography as well as mechanical properties. Nevertheless, instrument bandwidth limitations on cantilever excitation and readout have restricted the ability of multifrequency techniques to fully benefit from small cantilevers. We present an approach for cantilever excitation and deflection readout with a bandwidth of 20 MHz, enabling multifrequency techniques extended beyond 2 MHz for obtaining materials contrast in liquid and air, as well as soft imaging of delicate biological samples.

  11. Oscillation Frequencies for Simultaneous Trapping of Heteronuclear Alkali Atoms

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    Kaur, Kiranpreet; Arora, Bindiya

    2016-01-01

    We investigate oscillation frequencies for simultaneous trapping of more than one type of alkali atoms in a common optical lattice. For this purpose, we present numerical results for magic trapping conditions, where the oscillation frequencies for two different kind of alkali atoms using laser lights in the wavelength range 500-1200 nm are same. These wavelengths will be of immense interest for studying static and dynamic properties of boson-boson, boson-fermion, fermion-fermion, and boson-boson-boson mixtures involving different isotopes of Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs and Fr alkali atoms. In addition to this, we were also able to locate a magic wavelength around 808.1 nm where all the three Li, K, and Rb atoms are found to be suitable for oscillating at the same frequency in a common optical trap.

  12. Robust, frequency-stable and accurate mid-IR laser spectrometer based on frequency comb metrology of quantum cascade lasers up-converted in orientation-patterned GaAs

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    Hansen, Michael G; Vasilyev, Sergey V; Grisard, Arnaud; Lallier, Eric; Gérard, Bruno; Schiller, Stephan

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a robust and simple method for measurement, stabilization and tuning of the frequency of cw mid-infrared (MIR) lasers, in particular of quantum cascade lasers. The proof of principle is performed with a quantum cascade laser at 5.4 \\mu m, which is upconverted to 1.2 \\mu m by sum-frequency generation in orientation-patterned GaAs with the output of a standard high-power cw 1.5 \\mu m fiber laser. Both the 1.2 \\mu m and the 1.5 \\mu m waves are measured by a standard Er:fiber frequency comb. Frequency measurement at the 100 kHz-level, stabilization to sub-10 kHz level, controlled frequency tuning and long-term stability are demonstrated.

  13. Generation of a vacuum ultraviolet to visible Raman frequency comb in H2-filled kagomé photonic crystal fiber.

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    Mridha, M K; Novoa, D; Bauerschmidt, S T; Abdolvand, A; St J Russell, P

    2016-06-15

    We report on the generation of a purely vibrational Raman comb, extending from the vacuum ultraviolet (184 nm) to the visible (478 nm), in hydrogen-filled kagomé-style photonic crystal fiber pumped at 266 nm. Stimulated Raman scattering and molecular modulation processes are enhanced by higher Raman gain in the ultraviolet. Owing to the pressure-tunable normal dispersion landscape of the "fiber + gas" system in the ultraviolet, higher-order anti-Stokes bands are generated preferentially in higher-order fiber modes. The results pave the way toward tunable fiber-based sources of deep and vacuum ultraviolet light for applications in, e.g., spectroscopy and biomedicine. PMID:27304295

  14. A bidirectional dual-comb ring laser for simple and robust dual-comb spectroscopy

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    Ideguchi, Takuro; Kobayashi, Yohei; Goda, Keisuke

    2015-01-01

    Fourier-transform spectroscopy is an indispensable tool for analyzing chemical samples in scientific research as well as chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, its measurement speed, sensitivity, and precision have been shown to be significantly enhanced by using dual frequency combs. However, wide acceptance of this technique is hindered by its requirement for two frequency combs and active stabilization of the combs. Here we overcome this predicament with a Kerr-lens mode-locked bidirectional ring laser that generates two frequency combs with slightly different pulse repetition rates and a tunable yet highly stable rate difference. This peculiar lasing principle builds on a slight difference in optical cavity length between two counter-propagating lasing modes due to Kerr lensing. Since these combs are produced by the one and same laser cavity, their relative coherence stays passively stable without the need for active stabilization. To show its utility, we demonstrate broadband dual-comb spectro...

  15. Frequency redistribution function for the polarized two-term atom

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    Casini, R. [High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000 (United States); Landi Degl' Innocenti, M. [Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Largo E. Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze (Italy); Manso Sainz, R. [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, c/Vía Láctea s/n, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Landi Degl' Innocenti, E. [Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienze dello Spazio, Università di Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, I-50125 Firenze (Italy); Landolfi, M. [Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze (Italy)

    2014-08-20

    We present a generalized frequency redistribution function for the polarized two-term atom in an arbitrary magnetic field. This result is derived within a new formulation of the quantum problem of coherent scattering of polarized radiation by atoms in the collisionless regime. The general theory, which is based on a diagrammatic treatment of the atom-photon interaction, is still a work in progress. However, the results anticipated here are relevant enough for the study of the magnetism of the solar chromosphere and of interest for astrophysics in general.

  16. Frequency redistribution function for the polarized two-term atom

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    We present a generalized frequency redistribution function for the polarized two-term atom in an arbitrary magnetic field. This result is derived within a new formulation of the quantum problem of coherent scattering of polarized radiation by atoms in the collisionless regime. The general theory, which is based on a diagrammatic treatment of the atom-photon interaction, is still a work in progress. However, the results anticipated here are relevant enough for the study of the magnetism of the solar chromosphere and of interest for astrophysics in general.

  17. Inter-comb synchronization by mode-to-mode locking

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    Chun, Byung Jae; Kim, Young-Jin; Kim, Seung-Woo

    2016-08-01

    Two combs of fiber femtosecond lasers are synchronized through the optical frequency reference created by injection-locking of a diode laser to a single comb mode. Maintaining a mHz-level narrow linewidth, the optical frequency reference permits two combs to be stabilized by mode-to-mode locking with a relative stability of 1.52  ×  10‑16 at 10 s with a frequency slip of 2.46 mHz. This inter-comb synchronization can be utilized for applications such as dual-comb spectroscopy or ultra-short pulse synthesis without extra narrow-linewidth lasers.

  18. Low noise electro-optic comb generation by fully stabilizing to a mode-locked fiber comb.

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    Kuse, Naoya; Schibli, Thomas R; Fermann, Martin E

    2016-07-25

    A fully stabilized EO comb is demonstrated by phase locking the two degrees of freedom of an EO comb to a low noise mode-locked fiber comb. Division/magnification of residual phase noise of locked beats is observed by measuring an out-of-loop beat. By phase locking the 200 th harmonics of the EO comb and a driving cw frequency to a fiber comb, a record low phase noise EO comb across +/- 200 harmonics (from 1544.8 nm to 1577.3 nm) is demonstrated. PMID:27464140

  19. Gapless dual-comb spectroscopy in terahertz region

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    Yasui, Takeshi; Iyonaga, Yuki; Sakaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Yokoyama, Shuko; Inaba, Hajime; Minoshima, Kaoru; Hindle, Francis; Araki, Tsutomu

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated combination of gapless terahertz (THz) comb with dual-comb spectroscopy, namely gapless dual-THz-comb spectroscopy, to achieve the spectral resolution equal to width of the THz comb tooth. The gapless THz comb was realized by interpolating frequency gaps between the comb teeth with sweeping of a laser mode-locked frequency. The demonstration of low-pressure gas spectroscopy with gapless dual-THz-comb spectroscopy clearly indicated that the spectral resolution was decreased down to 2.5-MHz width of the comb tooth and the spectral accuracy was enhanced to 10-6 within the spectral range of 1THz. The proposed method will be a powerful tool to simultaneously achieve high resolution, high accuracy, and broad spectral coverage in THz spectroscopy.

  20. Energy fluctuations induced by stochastic frequency changes in atom traps

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    We study the quantum description of energy fluctuations induced by stochastic changes in the frequency of atom traps. Using the connection between classical and quantum descriptions of parametric oscillators, the classical cumulant expansion method is used to obtain quantum results beyond standard perturbation theory. Both the case of static and time-dependent traps are explicitly worked out

  1. Portable atomic frequency standard based on coherent population trapping

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    Shi, Fan; Yang, Renfu; Nian, Feng; Zhang, Zhenwei; Cui, Yongshun; Zhao, Huan; Wang, Nuanrang; Feng, Keming

    2015-05-01

    In this work, a portable atomic frequency standard based on coherent population trapping is designed and demonstrated. To achieve a portable prototype, in the system, a single transverse mode 795nm VCSEL modulated by a 3.4GHz RF source is used as a pump laser which generates coherent light fields. The pump beams pass through a vapor cell containing atom gas and buffer gas. This vapor cell is surrounded by a magnetic shield and placed inside a solenoid which applies a longitudinal magnetic field to lift the Zeeman energy levels' degeneracy and to separate the resonance signal, which has no first-order magnetic field dependence, from the field-dependent resonances. The electrical control system comprises two control loops. The first one locks the laser wavelength to the minimum of the absorption spectrum; the second one locks the modulation frequency and output standard frequency. Furthermore, we designed the micro physical package and realized the locking of a coherent population trapping atomic frequency standard portable prototype successfully. The short-term frequency stability of the whole system is measured to be 6×10-11 for averaging times of 1s, and reaches 5×10-12 at an averaging time of 1000s.

  2. Progress on a Miniature Cold-Atom Frequency Standard

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    Scherer, David R; Mescher, Mark; Stoner, Richard; Timmons, Brian; Rogomentich, Fran; Tepolt, Gary; Mahnkopf, Sven; Noble, Jay; Chang, Sheng; Taylor, Dwayne

    2014-01-01

    Atomic clocks play a crucial role in timekeeping, communications, and navigation systems. Recent efforts enabled by heterogeneous MEMS integration have led to the commercial introduction of Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC) with a volume of 16 cm3, power consumption of 120 mW, and instability (Allan Deviation) of {\\sigma}({\\tau} = 1 sec) < 2e-10. In order to reduce the temperature sensitivity of next-generation CSACs for timing applications, the interaction of atoms with the environment must be minimized, which can be accomplished in an architecture based on trapped, laser-cooled atoms. In this paper, we present results describing the development of a miniature cold-atom apparatus for operation as a frequency standard. Our architecture is based on laser-cooling a sample of neutral atoms in a Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) using a conical retro-reflector in a miniature vacuum chamber. Trapping the atoms in vacuum and performing microwave interrogation in the dark reduces the temperature sensitivity compared to va...

  3. Electromagnetic induction imaging with a radio-frequency atomic magnetometer

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    Deans, Cameron; Marmugi, Luca; Hussain, Sarah; Renzoni, Ferruccio

    2016-03-01

    We report on a compact, tunable, and scalable to large arrays imaging device, based on a radio-frequency optically pumped atomic magnetometer operating in magnetic induction tomography modality. Imaging of conductive objects is performed at room temperature, in an unshielded environment and without background subtraction. Conductivity maps of target objects exhibit not only excellent performance in terms of shape reconstruction but also demonstrate detection of sub-millimetric cracks and penetration of conductive barriers. The results presented here demonstrate the potential of a future generation of imaging instruments, which combine magnetic induction tomography and the unmatched performance of atomic magnetometers.

  4. Electromagnetic induction imaging with a radio-frequency atomic magnetometer

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    Deans, Cameron; Hussain, Sarah; Renzoni, Ferruccio

    2016-01-01

    We report on a compact, tunable, and scalable to large arrays imaging device, based on a radio-frequency optically pumped atomic magnetometer operating in magnetic induction tomography modality. Imaging of conductive objects is performed at room temperature, in an unshielded environment and without background subtraction. Conductivity maps of target objects exhibit not only excellent performance in terms of shape reconstruction but also demonstrate detection of sub-millimetric cracks and penetration of conductive barriers. The results presented here demonstrate the potential of a future generation of imaging instruments, which combine magnetic induction tomography and the unmatched performance of atomic magnetometers.

  5. Direct phase-locking of a 8.6-μm quantum cascade laser to a mid-IR optical frequency comb: application to precision spectroscopy of N2O.

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    Gambetta, Alessio; Cassinerio, Marco; Coluccelli, Nicola; Fasci, Eugenio; Castrillo, Antonio; Gianfrani, Livio; Gatti, Davide; Marangoni, Marco; Laporta, Paolo; Galzerano, Gianluca

    2015-02-01

    We developed a high-precision spectroscopic system at 8.6 μm based on direct heterodyne detection and phase-locking of a room-temperature quantum-cascade-laser against an harmonic, 250-MHz mid-IR frequency comb obtained by difference-frequency generation. The ∼30  dB signal-to-noise ratio of the detected beat-note together with the achieved closed-loop locking bandwidth of ∼500  kHz allows for a residual integrated phase noise of 0.78 rad (1 Hz-5 MHz), for an ultimate resolution of ∼21  kHz, limited by the measured linewidth of the mid-IR comb. The system was used to perform absolute measurement of line-center frequencies for the rotational components of the ν2 vibrational band of N2O, with a relative precision of 3×10(-10). PMID:25680033

  6. Atomic resolution in noncontact AFM by probing cantilever frequency shifts

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    Hong Yong Xie

    2007-01-01

    Rutile TiO2(001) quantum dots (or nano-marks) in different shapes were used to imitate uncleaved material surfaces or materials with rough surfaces. By numerical integration of the equation of motion of cantilever for silicon tip scanning along the [110] direction over the rutile TiO2 (001) quantum dots in ultra high vacuum (UHV), scanning routes were explored to achieve atomic resolution from frequency shift image. The tip-surface interaction forces were calculated from Lennard-Jones (12-6) potential by the Hamaker summation method. The calculated results showed that atomic resolution could be achieved by frequency shift image for TiO2 (001) surfaces of rhombohedral quantum dot scanning in a vertical route, and spherical cap quantum dot scanning in a superposition route.

  7. Investigations of laser pumped gas cell atomic frequency standard

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    Volk, C. H.; Camparo, J. C.; Fueholz, R. P.

    1982-01-01

    The performance characteristics of a rubidium gas cell atomic frequency standard might be improved by replacing the standard rubidium discharge lamp with a single mode laser diode. Aspects of the laser pumped gas cell atomic clock studied include effects due to laser intensity, laser detuning, and the choice of the particular atomic absorption line. Results indicate that the performance of the gas cell clock may be improved by judicious choice of the operating parameters of the laser diode. The laser diode also proved to be a valuable tool in investigating the operation of the conventional gas cell clock. Results concerning linewidths, the light shift effect and the effect of isotopic spin exchange in the conventional gas cell clock are reported.

  8. Electromagnetic induction imaging with a radio-frequency atomic magnetometer

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    Deans, C.; Marmugi, L.; Hussain, S.; Renzoni, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a compact, tunable, and scalable to large arrays imaging device, based on a radio-frequency optically pumped atomic magnetometer operating in magnetic induction tomography modality. Imaging of conductive objects is performed at room temperature, in an unshielded environment and without background subtraction. Conductivity maps of target objects exhibit not only excellent performance in terms of shape reconstruction but also demonstrate detection of sub-millimetric cracks and pene...

  9. Atomic Oxygen Energy in Low Frequency Hyperthermal Plasma Ashers

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Miller, Sharon K R.; Kneubel, Christian A.

    2014-01-01

    Experimental and analytical analysis of the atomic oxygen erosion of pyrolytic graphite as well as Monte Carlo computational modeling of the erosion of Kapton H (DuPont, Wilmington, DE) polyimide was performed to determine the hyperthermal energy of low frequency (30 to 35 kHz) plasma ashers operating on air. It was concluded that hyperthermal energies in the range of 0.3 to 0.9 eV are produced in the low frequency air plasmas which results in texturing similar to that in low Earth orbit (LEO). Monte Carlo computational modeling also indicated that such low energy directed ions are fully capable of producing the experimentally observed textured surfaces in low frequency plasmas.

  10. Intelligent Systems for Stabilizing Mode-Locked Lasers and Frequency Combs: Machine Learning and Equation-Free Control Paradigms for Self-Tuning Optics

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    Kutz, J. Nathan; Brunton, Steven L.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that a software architecture using innovations in machine learning and adaptive control provides an ideal integration platform for self-tuning optics. For mode-locked lasers, commercially available optical telecom components can be integrated with servocontrollers to enact a training and execution software module capable of self-tuning the laser cavity even in the presence of mechanical and/or environmental perturbations, thus potentially stabilizing a frequency comb. The algorithm training stage uses an exhaustive search of parameter space to discover best regions of performance for one or more objective functions of interest. The execution stage first uses a sparse sensing procedure to recognize the parameter space before quickly moving to the near optimal solution and maintaining it using the extremum seeking control protocol. The method is robust and equationfree, thus requiring no detailed or quantitatively accurate model of the physics. It can also be executed on a broad range of problems provided only that suitable objective functions can be found and experimentally measured.

  11. Intelligent Systems for Stabilizing Mode-Locked Lasers and Frequency Combs: Machine Learning and Equation-Free Control Paradigms for Self-Tuning Optics

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    Kutz J. Nathan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate that a software architecture using innovations in machine learning and adaptive control provides an ideal integration platform for self-tuning optics. For mode-locked lasers, commercially available optical telecom components can be integrated with servocontrollers to enact a training and execution software module capable of self-tuning the laser cavity even in the presence of mechanical and/or environmental perturbations, thus potentially stabilizing a frequency comb. The algorithm training stage uses an exhaustive search of parameter space to discover best regions of performance for one or more objective functions of interest. The execution stage first uses a sparse sensing procedure to recognize the parameter space before quickly moving to the near optimal solution and maintaining it using the extremum seeking control protocol. The method is robust and equationfree, thus requiring no detailed or quantitatively accurate model of the physics. It can also be executed on a broad range of problems provided only that suitable objective functions can be found and experimentally measured.

  12. Few-second-long correlation times in a quantum dot nuclear spin bath probed by frequency-comb nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Waeber, A. M.; Hopkinson, M.; Farrer, I.; Ritchie, D. A.; Nilsson, J.; Stevenson, R. M.; Bennett, A. J.; Shields, A. J.; Burkard, G.; Tartakovskii, A. I.; Skolnick, M. S.; Chekhovich, E. A.

    2016-07-01

    One of the key challenges in spectroscopy is the inhomogeneous broadening that masks the homogeneous spectral lineshape and the underlying coherent dynamics. Techniques such as four-wave mixing and spectral hole-burning are used in optical spectroscopy, and spin-echo in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). However, the high-power pulses used in spin-echo and other sequences often create spurious dynamics obscuring the subtle spin correlations important for quantum technologies. Here we develop NMR techniques to probe the correlation times of the fluctuations in a nuclear spin bath of individual quantum dots, using frequency-comb excitation, allowing for the homogeneous NMR lineshapes to be measured without high-power pulses. We find nuclear spin correlation times exceeding one second in self-assembled InGaAs quantum dots--four orders of magnitude longer than in strain-free III-V semiconductors. This observed freezing of the nuclear spin fluctuations suggests ways of designing quantum dot spin qubits with a well-understood, highly stable nuclear spin bath.

  13. Frequency Comb Spectroscopy of CO(2), CH(4), H(2)O, and Isotopes Over a 2 km Outdoor Path: Concentration Retrievals Using Different Absorption Models

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    Rieker, G. B.; Giorgetta, F. R.; Coddington, I.; Swann, W. C.; Zolot, A. M.; Sinclair, L. C.; Baumann, E.; Cromer, C.; Newbury, N.

    2014-06-01

    A dual frequency comb spectrometer is used to make high signal-to-noise measurements of atmospheric absorption from 5990 to 6260 cm-1 with 0.0033 cm-1 point spacing and ˜4·10-8 cm-1 resolution over a 2 km outdoor air path. The spectra, which encompass over 700 absorption features of CO2, CH4, and H2O, are fit with several absorption models to assess the quality of the models and to retrieve the various species concentrations and air temperature. The models tested include the HITRAN 2008 and 2012 spectral databases with Voigt line-shape profiles as well as a recent model for CO2 that includes the effects of line mixing and speed dependence. Residuals are typically less than 2% of the peak absorbance, except for the HITRAN 2012 CH4 model, which exhibits larger residuals. Species concentration retrievals using the models are compared with a calibrated point sensor mounted on a tower near the open air path.

  14. Precise monitoring of ultra low expansion Fabry-Perot cavity length by the use of a stabilized optical frequency comb

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    Šmíd, Radek; Číp, Ondřej; Buchta, Zdeněk; Ježek, Jan; Mikel, Břetislav; Čížek, Martin; Lazar, Josef

    Piscataway: IEEE, 2010, s. 480-484. ISBN 978-1-4244-6399-2. ISSN 1075-6787. [2010 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium. New Port Beach (CA), 01.07.2010-04.07.2010] Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Bragg gratings * Fabry-Perot resonators * Global Positioning System * laser cavity resonators Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  15. Thermally Controlled Comb Generation and Soliton Modelocking in Microresonators

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    Joshi, Chaitanya; Luke, Kevin; Ji, Xingchen; Miller, Steven A; Klenner, Alexander; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of thermally controlled soliton modelocked frequency comb generation in microresonators. By controlling the electric current through heaters integrated with silicon nitride microresonators, we demonstrate a systematic and repeatable pathway to single- and multi-soliton modelocked states without adjusting the pump laser wavelength. Such an approach could greatly simplify the generation of modelocked frequency combs and facilitate applications such as chip-based dual-comb spectroscopy.

  16. Thermally controlled comb generation and soliton modelocking in microresonators

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    Joshi, Chaitanya; Jang, Jae K.; Luke, Kevin; Ji, Xingchen; Miller, Steven A.; Klenner, Alexander; Okawachi, Yoshitomo; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L.

    2016-06-01

    We report the first demonstration of thermally controlled soliton modelocked frequency comb generation in microresonators. By controlling the electric current through heaters integrated with silicon nitride microresonators, we demonstrate a systematic and repeatable pathway to single- and multi-soliton modelocked states without adjusting the pump laser wavelength. Such an approach could greatly simplify the generation of modelocked frequency combs and facilitate applications such as chip-based dual-comb spectroscopy.

  17. Random walks on combs

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    Durhuus, B; Wheater, J; Durhuus, Bergfinnur; Jonsson, Thordur; Wheater, John

    2006-01-01

    We develop techniques to obtain rigorous bounds on the behaviour of random walks on combs. Using these bounds we calculate exactly the spectral dimension of random combs with infinite teeth at random positions or teeth with random but finite length. We also calculate exactly the spectral dimension of some fixed non-translationally invariant combs. We relate the spectral dimension to the critical exponent of the mass of the two-point function for random walks on random combs, and compute mean displacements as a function of walk duration. We prove that the mean first passage time is generally infinite for combs with anomalous spectral dimension.

  18. Analysis and filtering of phase noise in an optical frequency comb at the quantum limit, to improve timing measurements

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    Schmeissner, Roman; Jacquard, Clément; Fabre, Claude; Treps, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    The sensitivity of homodyne timing measurements with femtosecond lasers is only limited by the amplitude and phase noise. We describe a novel method to analyze the phase noise of a Ti:Sa oscillator relative to the standard quantum limit. The broadband passive cavity used to this aim also filters lowest levels of classical noise at sidebands above 100kHz detection frequency. Leading to quantum limited carrier-envelope-phase noise at $\\mu$s-timescales, it can improve the sensitivity of a highly sensitive, homodyne timing jitter measurement by 2 orders of magnitude.

  19. The Brazilian time and frequency atomic standards program

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    Mushtaq Ahmed

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Cesium atomic beam clocks have been the workhorse for many demanding applications in science and technology for the past four decades. Tests of the fundamental laws of physics and the search for minute changes in fundamental constants, the synchronization of telecommunication networks, and realization of the satellite-based global positioning system would not be possible without atomic clocks. The adoption of optical cooling and trapping techniques, has produced a major advance in atomic clock precision. Cold-atom fountain and compact cold-atom clocks have also been developed. Measurement precision of a few parts in 10(15 has been demonstrated for a cold-atom fountain clock. We present here an overview of the time and frequency metrology program based on cesium atoms under development at USP São Carlos. This activity consists of construction and characterization of atomic-beam, and several variations of cold-atom clocks. We discuss the basic working principles, construction, evaluation, and important applications of atomic clocks in the Brazilian program.Relógios atômicos de feixe de Césio têm sido a base para diversas aplicações em ciência e tecnologia nas últimas quatro décadas. Testes de leis fundamentais de física, buscas por mínimas variações em constantes fundamentais, sincronização de redes de telecomunicações e o funcionamento do sistema de posicionamento global, baseado em satélites de navegação, não seriam possíveis sem os relógios atômicos. A adoção de técnicas de aprisionamento e resfriamento ópticos tem permitido um grande avanço na precisão dos relógios atômicos. Chafarizes de átomos frios e relógios compactos de átomos frios também têm sido desenvolvidos. Precisões de medida de algumas partes em 1015 foram demonstradas para relógios do tipo chafariz de átomos frios. Apresentamos uma visão geral do programa de metrologia de tempo e freqüência baseado em átomos de césio, em

  20. Autopilot for frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Kuchuk, Kfir; Schlesinger, Itai; Sivan, Uri, E-mail: phsivan@tx.technion.ac.il [Department of Physics and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel)

    2015-10-15

    One of the most challenging aspects of operating an atomic force microscope (AFM) is finding optimal feedback parameters. This statement applies particularly to frequency-modulation AFM (FM-AFM), which utilizes three feedback loops to control the cantilever excitation amplitude, cantilever excitation frequency, and z-piezo extension. These loops are regulated by a set of feedback parameters, tuned by the user to optimize stability, sensitivity, and noise in the imaging process. Optimization of these parameters is difficult due to the coupling between the frequency and z-piezo feedback loops by the non-linear tip-sample interaction. Four proportional-integral (PI) parameters and two lock-in parameters regulating these loops require simultaneous optimization in the presence of a varying unknown tip-sample coupling. Presently, this optimization is done manually in a tedious process of trial and error. Here, we report on the development and implementation of an algorithm that computes the control parameters automatically. The algorithm reads the unperturbed cantilever resonance frequency, its quality factor, and the z-piezo driving signal power spectral density. It analyzes the poles and zeros of the total closed loop transfer function, extracts the unknown tip-sample transfer function, and finds four PI parameters and two lock-in parameters for the frequency and z-piezo control loops that optimize the bandwidth and step response of the total system. Implementation of the algorithm in a home-built AFM shows that the calculated parameters are consistently excellent and rarely require further tweaking by the user. The new algorithm saves the precious time of experienced users, facilitates utilization of FM-AFM by casual users, and removes the main hurdle on the way to fully automated FM-AFM.

  1. Autopilot for frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Kuchuk, Kfir; Schlesinger, Itai; Sivan, Uri

    2015-10-01

    One of the most challenging aspects of operating an atomic force microscope (AFM) is finding optimal feedback parameters. This statement applies particularly to frequency-modulation AFM (FM-AFM), which utilizes three feedback loops to control the cantilever excitation amplitude, cantilever excitation frequency, and z-piezo extension. These loops are regulated by a set of feedback parameters, tuned by the user to optimize stability, sensitivity, and noise in the imaging process. Optimization of these parameters is difficult due to the coupling between the frequency and z-piezo feedback loops by the non-linear tip-sample interaction. Four proportional-integral (PI) parameters and two lock-in parameters regulating these loops require simultaneous optimization in the presence of a varying unknown tip-sample coupling. Presently, this optimization is done manually in a tedious process of trial and error. Here, we report on the development and implementation of an algorithm that computes the control parameters automatically. The algorithm reads the unperturbed cantilever resonance frequency, its quality factor, and the z-piezo driving signal power spectral density. It analyzes the poles and zeros of the total closed loop transfer function, extracts the unknown tip-sample transfer function, and finds four PI parameters and two lock-in parameters for the frequency and z-piezo control loops that optimize the bandwidth and step response of the total system. Implementation of the algorithm in a home-built AFM shows that the calculated parameters are consistently excellent and rarely require further tweaking by the user. The new algorithm saves the precious time of experienced users, facilitates utilization of FM-AFM by casual users, and removes the main hurdle on the way to fully automated FM-AFM.

  2. Increased somatic cell mutant frequency in atomic bomb survivors

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    Frequencies of mutant T-cells in peripheral blood, which are deficient in the activity of hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) were determined for atomic bomb survivors by direct clonal assay using a previously reported method. Results from 30 exposed survivors (exposed to more than 1 rad) and 17 age- and sex-matched controls (exposed to less than 1 rad) were analyzed. The mean mutant frequency (Mf) in the exposed (5.2 x 10-6; range 0.8 - 14.4 x 10-6) was significantly higher than in controls (3.4 x 10-6; range 1.3 - 9.3 x 10-6), a fact not attributable to lower nonmutant cell cloning efficiencies in the exposed group since cell cloning efficiencies were virtually identical in both groups. An initial analysis of the data did not reveal a significant correlation between individual Mfs and individual radiation dose estimates when the latter were defined by the original, tentative estimates (T65D), even though there was a significant positive correlation of Mfs with individual frequency of lymphocytes bearing chromosome aberration. However, reanalysis using the newer revised individual dose estimates (DS86) for 27 exposed survivors and 17 controls did reveal a significant but shallow positive correlation between T-cell Mf values and individual exposure doses. These results indicate that HPRT mutation in vivo in human T-cells could be detected in these survivors 40 years after the presumed mutational event. (author)

  3. Mercury Atomic Frequency Standards for Space Based Navigation and Timekeeping

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    Tjoelker, R. L.; Burt, E. A.; Chung, S.; Hamell, R. L.; Prestage, J. D.; Tucker, B.; Cash, P.; Lutwak, R.

    2012-01-01

    A low power Mercury Atomic Frequency Standard (MAFS) has been developed and demonstrated on the path towards future space clock applications. A self contained mercury ion breadboard clock: emulating flight clock interfaces, steering a USO local oscillator, and consuming approx 40 Watts has been operating at JPL for more than a year. This complete, modular ion clock instrument demonstrates that key GNSS size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements can be achieved while still maintaining short and long term performance demonstrated in previous ground ion clocks. The MAFS breadboard serves as a flexible platform for optimizing further space clock development and guides engineering model design trades towards fabrication of an ion clock for space flight.

  4. Scanning micro-resonator direct-comb absolute spectroscopy

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    Gambetta, Alessio; Gatti, Davide; Laporta, Paolo; Galzerano, Gianluca

    2016-01-01

    Direct optical frequency Comb Spectroscopy (DCS) is proving to be a fundamental tool in many areas of science and technology thanks to its unique performance in terms of ultra-broadband, high-speed detection and frequency accuracy, allowing for high-fidelity mapping of atomic and molecular energy structure. Here we present a novel DCS approach based on a scanning Fabry-Perot micro-cavity resonator (SMART) providing a simple, compact and accurate method to resolve the mode structure of an optical frequency comb. The SMART approach, while drastically reducing system complexity, allows for a straightforward absolute calibration of the optical-frequency axis with an ultimate resolution limited by the micro-resonator resonance linewidth and can be used in any spectral region from XUV to THz. An application to high-precision spectroscopy of acetylene at 1.54 um is presented, demonstrating frequency resolution as low as 20 MHz with a single-scan optical bandwidth up to 1 THz in 20-ms measurement time and a noise-equ...

  5. Combing the Globe

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    2010-01-01

    China’s top comb maker aims to sell its high-end hand-crafted products to overseas customers while improving its brand image For some, woodcarving and small carpentry work are hobbies. But for Tan Chuanhua and his Carpenter Tan comb brand, the woodworking craft has become a deep-rooted moneymaker. The Chongqing-based handcraft wood comb maker raised HK$140 million ($18 mil-

  6. Dispersive radio frequency electrometry using Rydberg atoms in a prism-shaped atomic vapor cell

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    Fan, H. Q.; Kumar, S.; Kübler, H.; Shaffer, J. P.

    2016-05-01

    We introduce a method to measure radio frequency (RF) electric fields (E-fields) using atoms contained in a prism-shaped vapor cell. The method utilizes the concept of electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms. The RF E-field induces changes in the index of refraction of the vapor resulting in deflection of the probe laser beam as it passes through the prism-shaped vapor cell. We measured a minimum RF E-field of 8.25 μ {{Vcm}}-1 with a sensitivity of ∼ 46.5 μ {{Vcm}}-1 {{Hz}}-1/2. The experimental results agree with a numerical model that includes dephasing effects. We discuss possible improvements to obtain higher sensitivity for RF E-field measurements.

  7. Laser frequency combs for astronomy

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    Probst, Rafael

    2015-01-01

    Diese Arbeit befasst sich mit der Entwicklung und dem Test optischer Frequenzkämme zur Kalibration astronomischer Spektrographen. Die Genauigkeit der besten Spektrographen war bisher durch ihre Kalibration begrenzt. Die Benutzung von Frequenzkämmen als hochgenaue optische Frequenzreferenz verspricht die Überwindung dieser Limitierung, und damit die Bestimmung von Linienpositionen in astronomischen Spektren mit nie dagewesener Genauigkeit. Dies eröffnet faszinierende neue Möglichkeiten in der ...

  8. Microresonator-Based Comb Generation without an External Laser Source

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    Johnson, Adrea R; Lamont, Michael R E; Levy, Jacob S; Lipson, Michal; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2013-01-01

    Recent developments demonstrate that parametric four-wave mixing (FWM) in high-Q microresonators is a highly promising and effective approach for optical frequency comb generation, with applications including spectroscopy, optical clocks, arbitrary waveform generation, frequency metrology, and astronomical spectrograph calibration. Each of these microresonator platforms utilizes a scheme in which the system is pumped by a single-frequency laser at a cavity resonance. This scheme requires tuning of the pump wavelength into resonance and the generated comb is susceptible to fluctuations in pump power or frequency which can disrupt the soft thermal lock and comb generation. We demonstrate a novel fiber-microresonator dual-cavity architecture that preferentially oscillates at modes of the microresonator due to its high density of states and generates robust and broadband combs (> 900 nm) without an external pump laser. Such a scheme could greatly simplify the comb generation process and allow for a fully-integrat...

  9. Adaptive real-time dual-comb spectroscopy

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    Ideguchi, Takuro; Guelachvili, Guy; Picqué, Nathalie; Hänsch, Theodor W

    2012-01-01

    With the advent of laser frequency combs, coherent light sources that offer equally-spaced sharp lines over a broad spectral bandwidth have become available. One decade after revolutionizing optical frequency metrology, frequency combs hold much promise for significant advances in a growing number of applications including molecular spectroscopy. Despite its intriguing potential for the measurement of molecular spectra spanning tens of nanometers within tens of microseconds at Doppler-limited resolution, the development of dual-comb spectroscopy is hindered by the extremely demanding high-bandwidth servo-control conditions of the laser combs. Here we overcome this difficulty. We experimentally demonstrate a straightforward concept of real-time dual-comb spectroscopy, which only uses free-running mode-locked lasers without any phase-lock electronics, a posteriori data-processing, or the need for expertise in frequency metrology. The resulting simplicity and versatility of our new technique of adaptive dual-com...

  10. Fiber-comb-stabilized light source at 556 nm for magneto-optical trapping of ytterbium

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    Yasuda, Masami; Inaba, Hajime; Nakajima, Yoshiaki; Hosaka, Kazumoto; Onae, Atsushi; Hong, Feng-Lei

    2010-01-01

    A frequency-stabilized light source emitting at 556 nm is realized by frequency-doubling a 1112-nm laser, which is phase-locked to a fiber-based optical frequency comb. The 1112-nm laser is either an ytterbium (Yb)-doped distributed feedback fiber laser or a master-slave laser system that uses an external cavity diode laser as a master laser. We have achieved the continuous frequency stabilization of the light source over a five-day period. With the light source, we have completed the second-stage magneto-optical trapping (MOT) of Yb atoms using the 1S0 - 3P1 intercombination transition. The temperature of the ultracold atoms in the MOT was 40 uK when measured using the time-of-flight method, and this is sufficient for loading the atoms into an optical lattice. The fiber-based frequency comb is shown to be a useful tool for controlling the laser frequency in cold-atom experiments.

  11. Rydberg atoms in low-frequency fields : fundamental aspects and applications

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    Gürtler, Andreas Stefan

    2003-01-01

    In this thesis we investigate highly excited atoms, so-called Rydberg atoms, in oscillating fields with frequencies from the megahertz to the terahertz domain. The strong interaction of Rydberg atoms with external fields is used to establish a connection between the ionization of Rydberg atoms by ra

  12. Smooth Combs Inside Hedgehogs

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    Biswas, Kingshook

    2009-01-01

    We use techniques of tube-log Riemann surfaces due to R.Perez-Marco to construct a hedgehog containing smooth $C^{\\infty}$ combs. The hedgehog is a common hedgehog for a family of commuting non-linearisable holomorphic maps with a common indifferent fixed point. The comb is made up of smooth curves, and is transversally bi-H\\"older regular.

  13. On-chip, self-detected THz dual-comb spectrometer

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    Rösch, Markus; Villares, Gustavo; Bosco, Lorenzo; Beck, Mattias; Faist, Jérôme

    2016-01-01

    We present a directly generated on-chip dual-comb source at THz frequencies. The multi-heterodyne beating signal of two free-running THz quantum cascade laser frequency combs is measured electrically using one of the combs as a detector, fully exploiting the unique characteristics of quantum cascade active regions. Up to 30 modes can be detected corresponding to a spectral bandwidth of 630 GHz, being the available bandwidth of the dual comb configuration. The multi-heterodyne signal is used to investigate the equidistance of the comb modes showing an accuracy of $10^{-12}$ at the carrier frequency of 2.5 THz.

  14. ACADEMIC TRAINING: Probing nature with high precision; particle traps, laser spectroscopy and optical combs

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    Françoise Benz

    2002-01-01

    17, 18, 19 June LECTURE SERIES from 11.00 to 12.00 hrs - Auditorium, bldg. 500 Probing nature with high precision; particle traps, laser spectroscopy and optical combs by G. GABRIELSE / Harvard University, USA Experiments with atomic energy scales probe nature and its symmetries with exquisite precision. Particle traps allow the manipulation of single charged particles for months at a time, allow the most accurate comparison of theory and experiment, and promise to allow better measurement of fundamental quantities like the fine structure constant. Ions and atoms can be probed with lasers that are phase locked to microwave frequency standards via optical combs, thus calibrating optical sources in terms of the official cesium second. A series of three lectures will illustrate what can be measured and discuss key techniques.  ACADEMIC TRAINING Françoise Benz Tel. 73127 francoise.benz@cern.ch

  15. Microwave Atomic Clock in the Optical Lattice with Specific Frequency

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    A scheme for a microwave atomic clock is proposed for Cs or Rb atoms trapped in a blue detuned optical lattice. The ac Stark shift of the clock transition due to a trapping laser is calculated. We analyze it at some specific laser wavelength. Compared with the case of the fountain clock, the cavity related shifts, the collision shift and the Doppler effect are eliminated or suppressed dramatically in an atomic lattice clock. By analyzing various sources of clock uncertainty, a microwave atomic lattice clock with a high accuracy and small volume is feasible

  16. Velocity Distribution of Effective Atoms in a Small Optically Pumped Cesium Beam Frequency Standard

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    CHEN Jingbiao; WANG Fengzhi; YANG Donghai; WANG YiQiu

    2001-01-01

    In this paper, the velocity distribution of effective atoms in a small optically pumped cesium beam frequency standard has been achieved from the Fourier transforms of the experimentally recorded Ramsey patterns. The result fits well with the theoretical calculation. The second order Doppler shift correction of the small cesium atomic clock is obtained from the velocity distribution of effective atoms.

  17. Time-of-flight detection of ultra-cold atoms using resonant frequency modulation imaging.

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    Hardman, K S; Wigley, P B; Everitt, P J; Manju, P; Kuhn, C C N; Robins, N P

    2016-06-01

    Resonant frequency modulation imaging is used to detect free falling ultra-cold atoms. A theoretical comparison of fluorescence imaging (FI) and frequency modulation imaging (FMI) is made, indicating that for low optical depth clouds, FMI accomplished a higher signal-to-noise ratio under conditions necessary for a 200 μm spatially resolved atom interferometer. A 750 ms time-of-flight measurement reveals near atom shot-noise limited number measurements of 2×106 Bose-condensed Rb87 atoms. The detection system is applied to high precision spinor BEC based atom interferometer. PMID:27244400

  18. Scheme for implementing frequency up-conversion between two collective atomic modes

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    Lin Li-Hua

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a scheme for realizing the frequency up-conversion between two collective atomic modes. In the scheme two atomic samples are coupled to a cavity mode. Under the large detuning condition,the two collective atomic modes are coupled via the virtual excitation of the cavity mode and the effective Hamiltonian corresponds to the frequency up-conversion. In the scheme the cavity mode is only virtually excited and thus the process is insensitive to cavity decay.

  19. Dynamics of comb-of-comb networks

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    Liu, Hongxiao; Lin, Yuan; Dolgushev, Maxim; Zhang, Zhongzhi

    2016-03-01

    The dynamics of complex networks, a current hot topic in many scientific fields, is often coded through the corresponding Laplacian matrix. The spectrum of this matrix carries the main features of the networks' dynamics. Here we consider the deterministic networks which can be viewed as "comb-of-comb" iterative structures. For their Laplacian spectra we find analytical equations involving Chebyshev polynomials whose properties allow one to analyze the spectra in deep. Here, in particular, we find that in the infinite size limit the corresponding spectral dimension goes as ds→2 . The ds leaves its fingerprint on many dynamical processes, as we exemplarily show by considering the dynamical properties of polymer networks, including single monomer displacement under a constant force, mechanical relaxation, and fluorescence depolarization.

  20. Electro-optic dual-comb interferometry over 40-nm bandwidth

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    Duran, Vicente; Torres-Company, Victor

    2016-01-01

    Dual-comb interferometry is a measurement technique that uses two laser frequency combs to retrieve complex spectra in a line-by-line basis. This technique can be implemented with electro-optic frequency combs, offering intrinsic mutual coherence, high acquisition speed and flexible repetition-rate operation. A challenge with the operation of this kind of frequency comb in dual-comb interferometry is its limited optical bandwidth. Here, we use coherent spectral broadening and demonstrate electro-optic dual-comb interferometry over the entire telecommunications C band (200 lines covering ~ 40 nm, measured within 10 microseconds at 100 signal-to-noise ratio per spectral line). These results offer new prospects for electro-optic dual-comb interferometry as a suitable technology for high-speed broadband metrology, for example in optical coherence tomography or coherent Raman microscopy.

  1. Eddy current imaging with an atomic radio-frequency magnetometer

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    Wickenbrock, Arne; Blanchard, John W; Budker, Dmitry

    2016-01-01

    We use a radio-frequency $^{85}$Rb alkali-vapor cell magnetometer based on a paraffin-coated cell with long spin-coherence time and a small, low-inductance driving coil to create highly resolved conductivity maps of different objects. We resolve sub-mm features in conductive objects, we characterize the frequency response of our technique, and by operating at frequencies up to 250 kHz we are able to discriminate between differently conductive materials based on the induced response. The method is suited to cover a wide range of driving frequencies and can potentially be used for detecting non-metallic objects with low DC conductivity.

  2. Eddy current imaging with an atomic radio-frequency magnetometer

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    Wickenbrock, Arne; Leefer, Nathan; Blanchard, John W.; Budker, Dmitry

    2016-05-01

    We use a radio-frequency 85Rb alkali-vapor cell magnetometer based on a paraffin-coated cell with long spin-coherence time and a small, low-inductance driving coil to create highly resolved conductivity maps of different objects. We resolve sub-mm features in conductive objects, we characterize the frequency response of our technique, and by operating at frequencies up to 250 kHz we are able to discriminate between differently conductive materials based on the induced response. The method is suited to cover a wide range of driving frequencies and can potentially be used for detecting non-metallic objects with low DC conductivity.

  3. Ultrasonic comb transducer for smart materials

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    Rose, J. L.

    1998-04-01

    Installation of a small multi-element comb type ultrasonic transducer is proposed as a component of a smart structure. It can be used in either an active or passive mode in carrying out ultrasonic bulk or guided wave nondestructive evaluation. Theoretical methods are developed and experimental results are presented for guided wave generation and mode control with this very efficient and versatile novel comb type ultrasonic transducer. Excitation and probe design is crucial in mode selection. The comb transducer generates waves that are influenced by such parameters as number of elements, spacing between elements, dimension, pulsing sequence, and pressure distribution. The excited elastic field depends on the excitation frequency, plate thickness, and elastic properties. Techniques are studied to optimize the applied loading and the comb transducer design parameters so that only modes that are most sensitive to particular material characteristics can be generated. Complete understanding of the comb transducer parameters and their impact on the elastic field allows us to efficiently generate higher order modes as well as low phase velocity modes which are valuable in composite material characterization. Sample experiments are presented for various plate and tube like structures.

  4. Gas Damping Coefficient Research for MEMS Comb Linear Vibration Gyroscope

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    Qiufen, G; Feng, S; Fuqiang, L

    2008-01-01

    Silicon-MEMS gyroscope is an important part of MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical System). There are some disturb ignored in traditional gyroscope that must be evaluated newly because of its smaller size (reach the level of micron). In these disturb, the air pressure largely influences the performance of MEMS gyroscope. Different air pressure causes different gas damping coefficient for the MEMS comb linear vibration gyroscope and different gas damping coefficient influences the quality factor of the gyroscope directive. The quality factor influences the dynamic working bandwidth of the MEMS comb linear vibration gyroscope, so it is influences the output characteristic of the MEMS comb linear vibration gyroscope. The paper shows the relationship between the air pressure and the output amplified and phase of the detecting axis through analyzing the air pressure influence on the MEMS comb linear vibration gyroscope. It discusses the influence on the frequency distribute and quality factor of the MEMS comb linear...

  5. Frequency-comb referenced spectroscopy of v4- and v5-excited hot bands in the 1.5 and μm spectrum of C2H2

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    Doppler-free transition frequencies for v4- and v5--excited hot bands have been measured in the v1 + v3 band region of the spectrum of acetylene using saturation dip spectroscopy with an extended cavity diode laser referenced to a frequency comb. The frequency accuracy of the measured transitions, as judged from line shape model fits and comparison to known frequencies in the v1 + v3 band itself, is between 3 and 22 kHz. This is some three orders of magnitude improvement on the accuracy and precision of previous line position estimates that were derived from the analysis of high-resolution Fourier transform infrared absorption spectra. Comparison to transition frequencies computed from constants derived from published Fourier transform infrared spectra shows that some upper rotational energy levels suffer specific perturbations causing energy level shifts of up to several hundred MHz. These perturbations are due to energy levels of the same rotational quantum number derived from nearby vibrational levels that become degenerate at specific energies. Future identification of the perturbing levels will provide accurate relative energies of excited vibrational levels of acetylene in the 7100-7600 cm-1 energy region

  6. One Atomic Beam as a Detector of Classical Harmonic Vibrations with Micro Amplitudes and Low Frequencies

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    Wong, Werner

    2013-01-01

    We propose a simplest detector of harmonic vibrations with micro amplitudes and low frequencies, i.e. the detector consisting of one atomic beam. Here the atomic beam is induced by a plane harmonic wave and has a classical collective harmonic vibrations, which vibrant directions are perpendicular to the wave vectors of atomic beam. Compared with the detector consisting of atomic Mach-Zehnder interferometer, the new detector has two advantages: (1) it is suitable for the detection of the harmonic vibrations induced either by a longitudinal plane harmonic wave or by a transverse plane harmonic wave; (2) the quantum noise fluctuation of the atomic beam is exactly zero.

  7. Coherent population transfer in Rydberg potassium atom by a single frequency-chirped laser pulse

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    Zhang Xian-Zhou; Ma Qiao-Zhi; Li Xiao-Hong

    2006-01-01

    By using the time-dependent multilevel approach, we have calculated the coherent population transfer among the quantum states of potassium atom by a single frequency-chirped laser pulse. The results show that the population can be efficiently transferred to a target state and be trapped there by using an ‘intuitive’ or a ‘counter-intuitive’ frequency sweep laser pulse in the case of ‘narrowband’ frequency-chirped laser pulse. It is also found that a pair of sequential ‘broadband’ frequency-chirped laser pulses can efficiently transfer population from one ground state of the A atom to the other one.

  8. Radio-Frequency Field-Induced Quantum Interference Effects in Cold Atoms

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    龙全; 周蜀渝; 周善钰; 王育竹

    2001-01-01

    We propose constructing a quantum interference configuration for cold atoms in a magneto-optical trap by applying a radio frequency field, which coherently couples adjacent Zeeman sublevels, in combination with a repumping laser field. One effect of this interference is that a dip exists in the absorption of the repumping light when the radio frequency is scanned. Our prediction has been indirectly detected through the fluorescence of cold atoms in a preliminary experiment.

  9. From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: Understanding Time and Frequency.

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    Jespersen, James; Fitz-Randolph, Jane

    An introduction to time, timekeeping, and the uses of time information, especially in the scientific and technical areas, are offered in this book for laymen. Historical and philosophical aspects of time and timekeeping are included. The scientific thought on time has been simplified. Contents include: the nature of time, time and frequency, early…

  10. Probabilistic Quantum Gates between Remote Atoms through Interference of Optical Frequency Qubits

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    Duan, L.-M.; Madsen, M. J.; Moehring, D. L.; Maunz, P.; Kohn Jr, R N; Monroe, C.

    2006-01-01

    We propose a scheme to perform probabilistic quantum gates on remote trapped atom qubits through interference of optical frequency qubits. The method does not require localization of the atoms to the Lamb-Dicke limit, and is not sensitive to interferometer phase instabilities. Such probabilistic gates can be used for scalable quantum computation.

  11. Improvement in medium-long term frequency stability of integrating sphere cold atom clock

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    Liu, Peng; Wan, Jinyin; Wang, Xiumei; Wang, Yaning; Xiao, Ling; Cheng, Huadong; Liu, Liang

    2016-01-01

    The medium-long term frequency stability of the integrating sphere cold atom clock was improved.During the clock operation, Rb atoms were cooled and manipulated using cooling light diffusely reflected by the inner surface of a microwave cavity in the clock. This light heated the cavity and caused a frequency drift from the resonant frequency of the cavity. Power fluctuations of the cooling light led to atomic density variations in the cavity's central area, which increased the clock frequency instability through a cavity pulling effect. We overcame these limitations with appropriate solutions. A frequency stability of 3.5E-15 was achieved when the integrating time ? increased to 2E4 s.

  12. Mid-infrared dual-comb spectroscopy with electro-optic modulators

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    Yan, Ming; Iwakuni, Kana; Millot, Guy; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate dual-comb spectroscopy based on difference frequency generation of frequency-agile near-infrared frequency combs, produced with the help of electro-optic modulators. The combs have a remarkably flat intensity distribution and their positions and line spacings can be selected freely by simply dialing a knob. We record, in the 3-micron region, Doppler-limited absorption spectra with resolved comb lines within milliseconds. Precise molecular line parameters are retrieved. Our technique holds promise for fast and sensitive time-resolved studies e.g. of trace gases.

  13. Comb-calibrated solar spectroscopy through a multiplexed single-mode fiber channel

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    Probst, R A; Wang, L.; Doerr, H-P; Steinmetz, T.; Kentischer, T. J.; Zhao, G.; Hänsch, T. W.; Udem, Th.; Holzwarth, R.; Schmidt, W

    2015-01-01

    We investigate a new scheme for astronomical spectrograph calibration using the laser frequency comb at the Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope on Tenerife. Our concept is based upon a single-mode fiber channel, that simultaneously feeds the spectrograph with comb light and sunlight. This yields nearly perfect spatial mode matching between the two sources. In combination with the absolute calibration provided by the frequency comb, this method enables extremely robust and accurate spectroscopic meas...

  14. Adiabatic frequency conversion of quantum optical information in atomic vapor

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    Vewinger, Frank; Appel, Juergen; Figueroa, Eden; Lvovsky, A. I.

    2006-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a quantum communication protocol that enables frequency conversion and routing of quantum optical information in an adiabatic and thus robust way. The protocol is based on electromagnetically-induced transparency in systems with multiple excited levels: transfer and/or distribution of optical states between different signal modes is implemented by adiabatically changing the control fields. The proof-of-principle experiment is performed using the hyperfine levels ...

  15. The optimal time-frequency atom search based on a modified ant colony algorithm

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    GUO Jun-feng; LI Yan-jun; YU Rui-xing; ZHANG Ke

    2008-01-01

    In this paper,a new optimal time-frequency atom search method based on a modified ant colony algorithm is proposed to improve the precision of the traditional methods.First,the discretization formula of finite length time-frequency atom is inferred at length.Second; a modified ant colony algorithm in continuous space is proposed.Finally,the optimal timefrequency atom search algorithm based on the modified ant colony algorithm is described in detail and the simulation experiment is carried on.The result indicates that the developed algorithm is valid and stable,and the precision of the method is higher than that of the traditional method.

  16. Interference Dynamics of Hydrogen Atoms in High-Frequency Dichromatic Laser Fields

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    程太旺; 李晓峰; 傅盘铭; 陈式刚

    2002-01-01

    We investigate the ionization and high-order harmonic generation of a hydrogen atom in high-frequency (several atomic units) super strong (up to several tens of atomic units) dichromatic laser fields. An effective iterative method in the framework of high-frequency Floquet theory is used in the calculations. We have considered two kinds of dichromatic laser field, i.e. 1ω - 2ω and lω - 3ω. We find that, in both the cases, the ionization and high-order harmonic generation show evident dependence on the relative phase and strength of the additional harmonic field. The dynamical origin of these interference effects is also discussed.

  17. Electric dipole polarizabilities at imaginary frequencies for the alkali-metal, alkaline-earth, and inert gas atoms

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    Derevianko, Andrei; Babb, James F

    2009-01-01

    The electric dipole polarizabilities evaluated at imaginary frequencies for hydrogen, the alkali-metal atoms, the alkaline earth atoms, and the inert gases are tabulated along with the resulting values of the atomic static polarizabilities, the atom-surface interaction constants, and the dispersion (or van der Waals) constants for the homonuclear and the heteronuclear diatomic combinations of the atoms.

  18. Fast phase stabilization of a low frequency beat note for atom interferometry.

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    Oh, E; Horne, R A; Sackett, C A

    2016-06-01

    Atom interferometry experiments rely on the ability to obtain a stable signal that corresponds to an atomic phase. For interferometers that use laser beams to manipulate the atoms, noise in the lasers can lead to errors in the atomic measurement. In particular, it is often necessary to actively stabilize the optical phase between two frequency components of the beams. Typically this is achieved using a time-domain measurement of a beat note between the two frequencies. This becomes challenging when the frequency difference is small and the phase measurement must be made quickly. The method presented here instead uses a spatial interference detection to rapidly measure the optical phase for arbitrary frequency differences. A feedback system operating at a bandwidth of about 10 MHz could then correct the phase in about 3 μs. This time is short enough that the phase correction could be applied at the start of a laser pulse without appreciably degrading the fidelity of the atom interferometer operation. The phase stabilization system was demonstrated in a simple atom interferometer measurement of the (87)Rb recoil frequency. PMID:27370424

  19. Fast phase stabilization of a low frequency beat note for atom interferometry

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    Oh, E.; Horne, R. A.; Sackett, C. A.

    2016-06-01

    Atom interferometry experiments rely on the ability to obtain a stable signal that corresponds to an atomic phase. For interferometers that use laser beams to manipulate the atoms, noise in the lasers can lead to errors in the atomic measurement. In particular, it is often necessary to actively stabilize the optical phase between two frequency components of the beams. Typically this is achieved using a time-domain measurement of a beat note between the two frequencies. This becomes challenging when the frequency difference is small and the phase measurement must be made quickly. The method presented here instead uses a spatial interference detection to rapidly measure the optical phase for arbitrary frequency differences. A feedback system operating at a bandwidth of about 10 MHz could then correct the phase in about 3 μs. This time is short enough that the phase correction could be applied at the start of a laser pulse without appreciably degrading the fidelity of the atom interferometer operation. The phase stabilization system was demonstrated in a simple atom interferometer measurement of the 87Rb recoil frequency.

  20. Frequency lock of a dye laser emission on iron atomic line top

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    The aim of this thesis is to realize a frequency lock of a dye laser emission on iron atomic line top. To reach that goal, the author first presents the calculation of atomic vapour density by means of laser absorption ratio measure and studies the dye laser working. It is then necessary to find a device giving the required precision on the frequency of the absorption line choosen. It is obtained thanks to the atomic line reconstitution by optogalvanic effect which gives the reference. Besides, the author presents the necessity of a laser emission power regulation which is obtained thanks to a device including an acoustic and optic modulator. A reliable and accurate captor is choosen and adjusted testing various hollow cathode lamps. The method to obtain the frequency lock of laser emission on iron atomic line top is described. (TEC). 18 refs., 64 figs

  1. Effect of Phase Shifted Frequency Modulation on Two Level Atom-Field Interaction

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    K.V. Priyesh; Ramesh Babu Thayyullathil

    2012-01-01

    We have studied the effect of phase shifted frequency modulation on two level atom with field interaction using Jaynes-Cummings model. Here the frequency of the interacting field is sinusoidally varying with time with a constant phase. Due to the presence of phase in the frequency modulation, the variation of population inversion with time is different from the standard case. There are no exact collapses and revivals in the variation of population inversion but it oscillates sinusoidally with time. In coherent field atom interaction the population inversion behaves as in the case of Fock state atom interaction, when frequency modulation with a non zero phase is applied. The study done with squeezed field has shown the same behavior of the population inversion.

  2. Radiation comb generation with extended Josephson junctions

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    We propose the implementation of a Josephson radiation comb generator based on an extended Josephson junction subject to a time dependent magnetic field. The junction critical current shows known diffraction patterns and determines the position of the critical nodes when it vanishes. When the magnetic flux passes through one of such critical nodes, the superconducting phase must undergo a π-jump to minimize the Josephson energy. Correspondingly, a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the junction. Under periodic driving, this allows us to produce a comb-like voltage pulses sequence. In the frequency domain, it is possible to generate up to hundreds of harmonics of the fundamental driving frequency, thus mimicking the frequency comb used in optics and metrology. We discuss several implementations through a rectangular, cylindrical, and annular junction geometries, allowing us to generate different radiation spectra and to produce an output power up to 10 pW at 50 GHz for a driving frequency of 100 MHz

  3. Microwave lensing frequency shift of the PHARAO laser-cooled microgravity atomic clock

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    Peterman, Phillip; Gibble, Kurt; Laurent, Phillipe; Salomon, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    We evaluate the microwave lensing frequency shift of the microgravity laser-cooled caesium clock PHARAO. We find microwave lensing frequency shifts of δν/ν  =  11  ×  10-17 to 13  ×  10-17, larger than the shift of typical fountain clocks. The shift has a weak dependence on PHARAO parameters, including the atomic temperature, size of the atomic cloud, detection laser intensities, and the launch velocity. We also find the lensing frequency shift to be insensitive to selection and detection spatial inhomogeneities and the expected low-frequency vibrations. We conservatively assign a nominal microwave lensing frequency uncertainty of  ±4  ×  10-17.

  4. Optical atomic clocks

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    In the last ten years extraordinary results in time and frequency metrology have been demonstrated. Frequency-stabilization techniques for continuous-wave lasers and femtosecond optical frequency combs have enabled a rapid development of frequency standards based on optical transitions in ultra-cold neutral atoms and trapped ions. As a result, today’s best performing atomic clocks tick at an optical rate and allow scientists to perform high-resolution measurements with a precision approaching a few parts in 1018. This paper reviews the history and the state of the art in optical-clock research and addresses the implementation of optical clocks in a possible future redefinition of the SI second as well as in tests of fundamental physics.

  5. Optical atomic clocks

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    Poli, N; Gill, P; Tino, G M

    2014-01-01

    In the last ten years extraordinary results in time and frequency metrology have been demonstrated. Frequency-stabilization techniques for continuous-wave lasers and femto-second optical frequency combs have enabled a rapid development of frequency standards based on optical transitions in ultra-cold neutral atoms and trapped ions. As a result, today's best performing atomic clocks tick at an optical rate and allow scientists to perform high-resolution measurements with a precision approaching a few parts in $10^{18}$. This paper reviews the history and the state of the art in optical-clock research and addresses the implementation of optical clocks in a possible future redefinition of the SI second as well as in tests of fundamental physics.

  6. Optical atomic clocks

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    Poli, N.; Oates, C. W.; Gill, P.; Tino, G. M.

    2013-12-01

    In the last ten years extraordinary results in time and frequency metrology have been demonstrated. Frequency-stabilization techniques for continuous-wave lasers and femtosecond optical frequency combs have enabled a rapid development of frequency standards based on optical transitions in ultra-cold neutral atoms and trapped ions. As a result, today's best performing atomic clocks tick at an optical rate and allow scientists to perform high-resolution measurements with a precision approaching a few parts in 1018. This paper reviews the history and the state of the art in optical-clock research and addresses the implementation of optical clocks in a possible future redefinition of the SI second as well as in tests of fundamental physics.

  7. Radio-frequency Electrometry Using Rydberg Atoms in Vapor Cells: Towards the Shot Noise Limit

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    Kumar, Santosh; Fan, Haoquan; Jahangiri, Akbar; Kuebler, Harald; Shaffer, James P.; 5. Physikalisches Institut, Universitat Stuttgart, Germany Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    Rydberg atoms are a promising candidate for radio frequency (RF) electric field sensing. Our method uses electromagnetically induced transparency with Rydberg atoms in vapor cells to read out the effect that the RF electric field has on the Rydberg atoms. The method has the potential for high sensitivity (pV cm-1 Hz- 1 / 2) and can be self-calibrated. Some of the main factors limiting the sensitivity of RF electric field sensing from reaching the shot noise limit are the residual Doppler effect and the sensitivity of the optical read-out using the probe laser. We present progress on overcoming the residual Doppler effect by using a new multi-photon scheme and reaching the shot noise detection limit using frequency modulated spectroscopy. Our experiments also show promise for studying quantum optical effects such as superradiance in vapor cells using Rydberg atoms. This work is supported by DARPA, ARO, and NRO.

  8. Sound speed and oscillation frequencies for solar models evolved with Los Alamos ATOMIC opacities

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    Guzik, Joyce A; Walczak, P; Wood, S R; Mussack, K; Farag, E

    2016-01-01

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has calculated a new generation of radiative opacities (OPLIB data using the ATOMIC code) for elements with atomic number Z=1-30 with improved physics input, updated atomic data, and finer temperature grid to replace the Los Alamos LEDCOP opacities released in the year 2000. We calculate the evolution of standard solar models including these new opacities, and compare with models evolved using the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory OPAL (Iglesias and Rogers 1996) opacities. We use the solar abundance mixture of Asplund et al. (2009). The new Los Alamos ATOMIC opacities have steeper opacity derivatives than those of OPAL for temperatures and densities of the solar interior radiative zone. We compare the calculated nonadiabatic solar oscillation frequencies and solar interior sound speed to observed frequencies and helioseismic inferences. The calculated sound-speed profiles are similar for models evolved using either the updated Iben evolution code (see \\cite{Guzik2010}), or ...

  9. Analysis & applications of comb-shaped electric shielding characteristics on high frequency electromagnetic fielding shielding effect in SMPS%梳状电场屏蔽体高频电磁场屏蔽特性分析与应用

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    陈庆彬; 陈为

    2013-01-01

    Copper foil electric field shielding is commonly used in the SMPS to shield the magnetic components in order to reduce the electric coupling between the magnetic components and the ground.This paper analyzed in detail the traditional copper shielding foil,which can not only shield the electric field,but also affect the AC magnetic field distributions due to high-frequency eddy current effects and resulting in extra eddy current losses in the foil and the changes of magnetic parameters of the magnetic components.These behaviors are not suitable in many cases,where only the electric field needs to be shielded.The comb-shaped electric shielding has good electric field shielding effect,but with no effect on the magnetic field.With the new shielding sheet,the eddy current effect due to AC magnetic field can be avoided.The influence of the structure parameters of the comb-shaped electric shielding to the electric field and high frequency magnetic field is analyzed by simulation.Finally,the application example of the electric shielding in LLC integrated transformer verified the proposed comb-shaped electric shielding to be effective and feasible.%开关电源中常用铜箔对磁性元件进行屏蔽以减小磁件与大地之间的电场耦合从而减小传导共模EMI发射.分析了传统全铜箔电场屏蔽体能有效屏蔽电场,但同时由于涡流效应也会影响高频磁场的分布,从而带来额外的涡流损耗和磁件电磁参数的变化,因此不适用于功率变换器中某些仅需要屏蔽电场但又不能屏蔽高频磁场的场合.提出的梳状电场屏蔽体结构具有只屏蔽电场,而不屏蔽高频磁场的特性,同时还能显著减低屏蔽体的临近效应涡流损耗.通过仿真分析了梳状屏蔽体结构参数对电场和高频磁场的影响.最后结合梳状屏蔽体在LLC集成漏感变压器中的应用验证了其实际有效性和可行性.

  10. Frequency Redistribution of Polarized Light in the Lambda-Type Multi-Term Polarized Atom

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    Casini, R

    2016-01-01

    We study the formation of polarized spectral lines in a Lambda-type multi-term atom, via both resonance and Raman scattering. We fully take into account the effects of partial redistribution of the frequency of the incident radiation, and the presence of atomic polarization in the lower states of the atomic model. Problems that can be modeled with this formalism include, for example, the formation of the Ca II H-K and IR triplet, the analogous system of Ba II, and the Ly{\\beta}-H{\\alpha} system of hydrogenic ions.

  11. Limits on gravitational Einstein Equivalence Principle violation from monitoring atomic clock frequencies during a year

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    Dzuba, V A

    2016-01-01

    Sun's gravitation potential at earth varies during a year due to varying Earth-Sun distance. Comparing the results of very accurate measurements of atomic clock transitions performed at different time in the year allows us to study the dependence of the atomic frequencies on the gravitational potential. We examine the measurement data for the ratio of the frequencies in Hg$^+$ and Al$^+$ clock transitions and absolute frequency measurements (with respect to caesium frequency standard) for Dy, Sr, H, hyperfine transitions in Rb and H, and obtain significantly improved limits on the values of the gravity related parameter of the Einstein Equivalence Principle violating term in the Standard Model Extension Hamiltonian $c_{00} = (3.0 \\pm 5.7) \\times 10^{-7}$ and the parameter for the gravity-related variation of the fine structure constant $\\kappa_{\\alpha} = (-5.3 \\pm 10) \\times 10^{-8}$.

  12. Note: Directly measuring the direct digital synthesizer frequency chirp-rate for an atom interferometer

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    Tao, Juan-Juan; Zhou, Min-Kang, E-mail: zkhu@hust.edu.cn, E-mail: zmk@hust.edu.cn; Zhang, Qiao-Zhen; Cui, Jia-Feng; Duan, Xiao-Chun; Shao, Cheng-Gang; Hu, Zhong-Kun, E-mail: zkhu@hust.edu.cn, E-mail: zmk@hust.edu.cn [MOE Key Laboratory of Fundamental Physical Quantities Measurement, School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luo Yu Road, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2015-09-15

    During gravity measurements with Raman type atom interferometry, the frequency of the laser used to drive Raman transition is scanned by chirping the frequency of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and the local gravity is determined by precisely measuring the chip rate α of DDS. We present an effective method that can directly evaluate the frequency chirp rate stability of our DDS. By mixing a pair of synchronous linear sweeping signals, the chirp rate fluctuation is precisely measured with a frequency counter. The measurement result shows that the relative α instability can reach 5.7 × 10{sup −11} in 1 s, which is neglectable in a 10{sup −9} g level atom interferometry gravimeter.

  13. Precision Spectroscopy of Atomic Hydrogen

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    Beyer, A.; Parthey, Ch G.; Kolachevsky, N.; Alnis, J.; Khabarova, K.; Pohl, R.; Peters, E.; Yost, D. C.; Matveev, A.; Predehl, K.; Droste, S.; Wilken, T.; Holzwarth, R.; Hänsch, T. W.; Abgrall, M.; Rovera, D.; Salomon, Ch; Laurent, Ph; Udem, Th

    2013-12-01

    Precise determinations of transition frequencies of simple atomic systems are required for a number of fundamental applications such as tests of quantum electrodynamics (QED), the determination of fundamental constants and nuclear charge radii. The sharpest transition in atomic hydrogen occurs between the metastable 2S state and the 1S ground state. Its transition frequency has now been measured with almost 15 digits accuracy using an optical frequency comb and a cesium atomic clock as a reference [1]. A recent measurement of the 2S - 2P3/2 transition frequency in muonic hydrogen is in significant contradiction to the hydrogen data if QED calculations are assumed to be correct [2, 3]. We hope to contribute to this so-called "proton size puzzle" by providing additional experimental input from hydrogen spectroscopy.

  14. Absolute Frequency Measurement of Rubidium 5S-7S Two-Photon Transitions

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    Morzynski, Piotr; Ablewski, Piotr; Gartman, Rafal; Gawlik, Wojciech; Maslowski, Piotr; Nagorny, Bartlomiej; Ozimek, Filip; Radzewicz, Czeslaw; Witkowski, Marcin; Ciurylo, Roman; Zawada, Michal

    2013-01-01

    We report the absolute frequency measurements of rubidium 5S-7S two-photon transitions with a cw laser digitally locked to an atomic transition and referenced to an optical frequency comb. The narrow, two-photon transition, 5S-7S (760 nm) insensitive to first order in a magnetic field, is a promising candidate for frequency reference. The performed tests yield the transition frequency with accuracy better than reported previously.

  15. An atomic magnetometer with autonomous frequency stabilization and large dynamic range

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    Pradhan, S., E-mail: spradhan@barc.gov.in, E-mail: pradhans75@gmail.com; Poornima,; Dasgupta, K. [Laser and Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 85 (India); Homi Bhabha National Institute, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai 85 (India); Mishra, S.; Behera, R. [Laser and Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 85 (India)

    2015-06-15

    The operation of a highly sensitive atomic magnetometer using elliptically polarized resonant light is demonstrated. It is based on measurement of zero magnetic field resonance in degenerate two level systems using polarimetric detection. The transmitted light through the polarimeter is used for laser frequency stabilization, whereas reflected light is used for magnetic field measurement. Thus, the experimental geometry allows autonomous frequency stabilization of the laser frequency leading to compact operation of the overall device and has a preliminary sensitivity of <10 pT/Hz{sup 1/2} @ 1 Hz. Additionally, the dynamic range of the device is improved by feedback controlling the bias magnetic field without compromising on its sensitivity.

  16. Black-body radiation effects and light shifts in atomic frequency standards

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    A general method is presented for calculating the higher-order terms of series in powers of the black-body radiation field for the Stark-state wavefunctions, dipole transition matrix elements and corresponding frequency shifts of hyperfine splitting in the ground states for Cs and Rb atoms. A numerical method for calculating the light shifts in Sr atoms is described. It is based on the Green function method for summation over all intermediate states and exact Dirac-Fock wavefunctions for the resonant transitions to the first excited s-, p- and d-states. By comparing the calculated Stark shift with results of measurements employing atomic frequency standards, the black-body radiation effects on the ground state are analysed

  17. Note: A versatile radio-frequency source for cold atom experiments.

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    Li, Na; Wu, Yu-Ping; Min, Hao; Yang, Tao; Jiang, Xiao

    2016-08-01

    A radio-frequency (RF) source designed for cold atom experiments is presented. The source uses AD9858, a direct digital synthesizer, to generate the sine wave directly, up to 400 MHz, with sub-Hz resolution. An amplitude control circuit consisting of wideband variable gain amplifier and high speed digital to analog converter is integrated into the source, capable of 70 dB off isolation and 4 ns on-off keying. A field programmable gate array is used to implement a versatile frequency and amplitude co-sweep logic. Owing to modular design, the RF sources have been used on many cold atom experiments to generate various complicated RF sequences, enriching the operation schemes of cold atoms, which cannot be done by standard RF source instruments. PMID:27587180

  18. Quantum cascade laser combs: effects of modulation and dispersion.

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    Villares, Gustavo; Faist, Jérôme

    2015-01-26

    Frequency comb formation in quantum cascade lasers is studied theoretically using a Maxwell-Bloch formalism based on a modal decomposition, where dispersion is considered. In the mid-infrared, comb formation persists in the presence of weak cavity dispersion (500 fs2 mm-1) but disappears when much larger values are used (30'000 fs2 mm-1). Active modulation at the round-trip frequency is found to induce mode-locking in THz devices, where the upper state lifetime is in the tens of picoseconds. Our results show that mode-locking based on four-wave mixing in broadband gain, low dispersion cavities is the most promising way of achieving broadband quantum cascade laser frequency combs. PMID:25835922

  19. Biological and Biomimetic Comb Polyelectrolytes

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    Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Some new phenomena involved in the physical properties of comb polyelectrolyte solutions are reviewed. Special emphasis is given to synthetic biomimetic materials, and the structures formed by these molecules are compared with those of naturally occurring glycoprotein and proteoglycan solutions. Developments in the determination of the structure and dynamics (viscoelasticity of comb polymers in solution are also covered. Specifically the appearance of multi-globular structures, helical instabilities, liquid crystalline phases, and the self-assembly of the materials to produce hierarchical comb morphologies is examined. Comb polyelectrolytes are surface active and a short review is made of some recent experiments in this area that relate to their morphology when suspended in solution. We hope to emphasize the wide variety of phenomena demonstrated by the vast range of naturally occurring comb polyelectrolytes and the challenges presented to synthetic chemists designing biomimetic materials.

  20. Frequency-Tunable Microwave Field Detection in an Atomic Vapor Cell

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    Horsley, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    We use an atomic vapor cell as a frequency tunable microwave field detector operating at frequencies from GHz to tens of GHz. We detect microwave magnetic fields from 2.3 GHz to 26.4 GHz, and measure the amplitude of the sigma+ component of an 18 GHz microwave field. Our proof-of-principle demonstration represents a four orders of magnitude extension of the frequency tunable range of atomic magnetometers from their previous dc to several MHz range. When integrated with a high resolution microwave imaging system, this will allow for the complete reconstruction of the vector components of a microwave magnetic field and the relative phase between them. Potential applications include near-field characterisation of microwave circuitry and devices, and medical microwave sensing and imaging.

  1. Molecular Comb Development

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    Ferrell, T.L.; Thundat, G.T.; Witkowski, C.E., III (Protein Discovery, Inc.)

    2007-07-17

    This CRADA was developed to enable ORNL to assist Protein Discovery, Inc. to develop a novel biomolecular separation system based on an ORNL patent application 'Photoelectrochemical Molecular Comb' by Thundat, Ferrell, and Brown. The Molecular Comb concept is based on creating light-induced charge carriers at a semiconductor-liquid interface, which is kept at a potential control such that a depletion layer is formed in the semiconductor. Focusing light from a low-power illumination source creates electron-hole pairs, which get separated in the depletion layer. The light-induced charge carriers reaching the surface attract oppositely charged biomolecules present in the solution. The solution is a buffer solution with very small concentrations of biomolecules. As the focused light is moved across the surface of the semiconductor-liquid interface, the accumulated biomolecules follow the light beam. A thin layer of gel or other similar material on the surface of the semiconductor can act as a sieving medium for separating the biomolecules according to their sizes.

  2. Radiative properties tailoring of grating by comb-drive microactuator

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    Micro-scale grating structures are widely researched in recent years. Although micro-scale fabrication technology is highly advanced today, with grating aspect ratio greater than 25:1 being achievable some fabrication requirements, such as fine groove processing, are still challenging. Comb-drive microactuator is proposed in this paper to be utilized on simple binary grating structures for tailoring or modulating spectral radiation properties by active adjustment. The rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) is used to calculate the absorptance of proposed structures and to investigate the impacts brought by the geometry and displacement of comb-drive microactuator. The results show that the utilization of comb-drive microactuator on grating improves the absorptance of simple binary grating while avoiding the difficulty fine groove processing. Spectral radiation property tailoring after gratings are fabricated becomes possible with the comb-drive microactuator structure. - Highlights: • A microscale grating structure with comb-driven microactuator is proposed. • The movement of microactuator changes peak absorptance resonance wavelength. • Geometric and displacement effects of comb finger on absorptance are investigated. • Both RCWA and LC circuit models are developed to predict the resonance wavelength. • Resonance frequency equations of LC circuits allow quick design analysis

  3. Velocity selective trapping of atoms in a frequency-modulated standing laser wave: wave function and stochastic trajectory approaches

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    The wave function of a moderately cold atom in a stationary near-resonant standing light wave delocalizes very fast due to wave packet splitting. However, frequency modulation of the field may suppress packet splitting for some atoms having specific velocities in a narrow range. These atoms remain localized in a small space for a long time. We show that modulated field can not only trap, but also cool the atoms. We perform a numerical experiment with a large atomic ensebmble having wide initial velocity and energy distribution. During the experiment, most of atoms leave the wave while trapped atoms have narrow energy distribution

  4. Frequency of marriage and live birth among survivors prenatally exposed to the atomic bomb

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    Frequency of marriage and birth as of January 1973 was determined for persons exposed in utero to the atomic bombs in 1945 and for controls. The marriage rate was lower in persons heavily exposed in utero than in the non-exposed or lightly exposed. This difference is attributed partly to the lesser marriageability of persons with mental retardation who are significantly more numerous among the heavily exposed, and partly to unmeasured variables, possibly including social discrimination against survivors of the atomic bomb. No consistent relation was observed between radiation exposure and three reproductive indices: childless marriages, number of births, and interval between marriage and first birth

  5. Ethanol enrichment from ethanol-water mixtures using high frequency ultrasonic atomization.

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    Kirpalani, D M; Suzuki, K

    2011-09-01

    The influence of high frequency ultrasound on the enrichment of ethanol from ethanol-water mixtures was investigated. Experiments performed in a continuous enrichment system showed that the generated atomized mist was at a higher ethanol concentration than the feed and the enrichment ratio was higher than the vapor liquid equilibrium curve for ethanol-water above 40 mol%. Well-controlled experiments were performed to analyze the effect of physical parameters; temperature, carrier gas flow and collection height on the enrichment. Droplet size measurements of the atomized mist and visualization of the oscillating fountain jet formed during sonication were made to understand the separation mechanism. PMID:21300561

  6. Extracting Oscillation Frequencies in Spontaneous Emission Rate of an Atom Between Two Mirrors

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    ZHAO Hai-Jun; DU Meng-Li

    2007-01-01

    For an atom in a medium with refractive index n sandwiched between two parallel mirrors, we derive an analytical formula for the spontaneous emission rate based on Fermi's golden rule. The oscillations are not transparent in this formula. By performing Fourier transform on scaling variable measuring system size while holding system configuration fixed, we extracted the frequencies of many oscillations in this system. We show that these oscillations correspond to emitted photon closed-orbits going away from and returning to the emitting atom.

  7. Frequency Standards and Metrology

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    Maleki, Lute

    2009-04-01

    Preface / Lute Maleki -- Symposium history / Jacques Vanier -- Symposium photos -- pt. I. Fundamental physics. Variation of fundamental constants from the big bang to atomic clocks: theory and observations (Invited) / V. V. Flambaum and J. C. Berengut. Alpha-dot or not: comparison of two single atom optical clocks (Invited) / T. Rosenband ... [et al.]. Variation of the fine-structure constant and laser cooling of atomic dysprosium (Invited) / N. A. Leefer ... [et al.]. Measurement of short range forces using cold atoms (Invited) / F. Pereira Dos Santos ... [et al.]. Atom interferometry experiments in fundamental physics (Invited) / S. W. Chiow ... [et al.]. Space science applications of frequency standards and metrology (Invited) / M. Tinto -- pt. II. Frequency & metrology. Quantum metrology with lattice-confined ultracold Sr atoms (Invited) / A. D. Ludlow ... [et al.]. LNE-SYRTE clock ensemble: new [symbol]Rb hyperfine frequency measurement - spectroscopy of [symbol]Hg optical clock transition (Invited) / M. Petersen ... [et al.]. Precise measurements of S-wave scattering phase shifts with a juggling atomic clock (Invited) / S. Gensemer ... [et al.]. Absolute frequency measurement of the [symbol] clock transition (Invited) / M. Chwalla ... [et al.]. The semiclassical stochastic-field/atom interaction problem (Invited) / J. Camparo. Phase and frequency noise metrology (Invited) / E. Rubiola ... [et al.]. Optical spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen for an improved determination of the Rydberg constant / J. L. Flowers ... [et al.] -- pt. III. Clock applications in space. Recent progress on the ACES mission (Invited) / L. Cacciapuoti and C. Salomon. The SAGAS mission (Invited) / P. Wolf. Small mercury microwave ion clock for navigation and radioScience (Invited) / J. D. Prestage ... [et al.]. Astro-comb: revolutionizing precision spectroscopy in astrophysics (Invited) / C. E. Kramer ... [et al.]. High frequency very long baseline interferometry: frequency standards and

  8. Technique for measuring the frequency of slow electron collisions with atoms and molecules

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    The described technique was applied for registering the frequency of slow electrons collisions with molecules and atoms of substances. The registering is carried out through superpositioning of crossing high-frequency electrical and adjustable constant magnetic fields over the investigated media, through inserting in this media electrons with the necessary energy and by registering the forms of the curve that characterizes the electron-cyclotron resonance, by which a judgement can be made about the collision frequency. To lower the electrical field frequency, to simplify the apparatus and widen the nomenclature of the investigated substances a stationary flux of electrons is inserted in the investigated media with the help of thermoionic cathode, for example, hence the resonance curve of the electron power reaching the collector is registered. The described technique can be applied for investigating the plasma parameters. (author)

  9. Spatial dispersion of pulse shaping system with high resolution based on the frequency comb%光学频率梳空间光谱分辨精度研究

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    王楠; 韩海年; 李德华; 魏志义

    2012-01-01

    High resolution pulse shaping based on the frequency comb has been widely used in microwave photonics, spectroscopy and communication optics and so on. To describe and evaluate the resolution capability of such a pulse shaping system, the ray tracing method is adopted to analyze the spatial dispersions of four schemes like single grating, parallel gratings, single grating with focus and anti-parallel gratings with focus. The spot spacings and sizes of different wavelengths can be determined from the modeling. As indicated by the calculation results, the latter two structures are advantageous to achieve high resolution pulse shaping; frequency combs with long wavelength, large mode spacing and big spot size are favorable for space dispersion; high grating groove density, small incident angle and multi passes in the dispersion system are conducible to the achievement of high resolution. The criterion for resolution would bring on some spot overlap noise.%光学频率梳的高精度光谱整形在微波光子学、光谱学及通信光学等学科领域具有广泛应用.为了描述和评价光学频率梳光谱整形系统的光谱分辨精度,使用光线追迹的方法对单光栅、平行光栅对、单光栅透镜变换和反平行光栅对透镜变换四种结构的空间色散能力进行了理论建模和分析,得到了输出面上不同波长的光斑间距和光斑大小,设立判据得到系统的光谱空间分离能力.计算结果表明,使用后面两种色散结构更容易实现高精度光谱分离和整形:波长较长、纵模间距较大、光斑尺寸较大的光学频率梳更适合作为光谱整形系统的光源;光栅刻线密度高、入射角小、多次通过色散系统有利于得到更高的光谱分辨精度.本文的分析和计算过程具有普遍适用性,对基于光学频率梳的高精度光谱整形系统的实验和评价具有指导意义.

  10. Entropy of entanglement in continuous frequency space of the biphoton state from multiplexed cold atomic ensembles

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    Jen, Hsiang-Hua

    2016-05-01

    We consider a scheme of multiplexed cold atomic ensembles that generate a frequency-entangled biphoton state with controllable entropy of entanglement. The biphoton state consists of a telecommunication photon (signal) immediately followed by an infrared one (idler) via four-wave mixing with two classical pump fields. Multiplexing the atomic ensembles with frequency and phase-shifted signal and idler emissions, we can manipulate and control the spectral property of the biphoton state. Mapping out the entropy of entanglement in the scheme provides the optimal configuration for entanglement resources. This paves the way for efficient long-distance quantum communication and for potentially useful multimode structures in quantum information processing. Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, under Grant No. MOST-101-2112-M-001-021-MY3 and the support of NCTS.

  11. Quantum frequency conversion of single photons emitted by atomic quantum memories to telecom wavelengths

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    Farrera Soler, Pau

    2013-01-01

    In quantum repeater schemes for long distance quantum communication, quantum memories (QMs) play a vital role. For these applications, QMs need to be connected to the fiber optics network. However most QMs operate at wavelengths where the absorption in optical fibers is high. Therefore, their connection to a quantum frequency converter (QFC) to telecom wavelengths is required. In this work we convert an heralded single photon emitted by a rubidium atomic ensemble QM, using a QFC implemented w...

  12. Atomic orientation by a broadly frequency-modulated radiation: theory and experiment

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    Bevilacqua, G; Dancheva, Y

    2016-01-01

    We investigate magnetic resonances driven in thermal vapour of alkali atoms by laser radiation broadly modulated at a frequency resonant with the Zeeman splitting. A model accounting for both hyperfine and Zeeman pumping is developed and its results are compared with experimental measurements performed at relatively weak pump irradiance. The interplay between the two pumping processes generates intriguing interaction conditions, often overlooked by simplified models.

  13. Atomic orientation driven by broadly-frequency-modulated radiation: Theory and experiment

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    Bevilacqua, G.; Biancalana, V.; Dancheva, Y.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate magnetic resonances driven in thermal vapor of alkali-metal atoms by laser radiation broadly modulated at a frequency resonant with the Zeeman splitting. A model accounting for both hyperfine and Zeeman pumping is developed, and its results are compared with experimental measurements performed at relatively weak pump irradiance. The interplay between the two pumping processes generates intriguing interaction conditions, often overlooked by simplified models.

  14. Optimally Coherent Kerr Combs Generated with Crystalline Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators for Ultrahigh Capacity Fiber Communications

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    Pfeifle, Joerg; Coillet, Aurélien; Henriet, Rémi; Saleh, Khaldoun; Schindler, Philipp; Weimann, Claudius; Freude, Wolfgang; Balakireva, Irina V.; Larger, Laurent; Koos, Christian; Chembo, Yanne K.

    2015-03-01

    Optical Kerr frequency combs are known to be effective coherent multiwavelength sources for ultrahigh capacity fiber communications. These combs are the frequency-domain counterparts of a wide variety of spatiotemporal dissipative structures, such as cavity solitons, chaos, or Turing patterns (rolls). In this Letter, we demonstrate that Turing patterns, which correspond to the so-called primary combs in the spectral domain, are optimally coherent in the sense that for the same pump power they provide the most robust carriers for coherent data transmission in fiber communications using advanced modulation formats. Our model is based on a stochastic Lugiato-Lefever equation which accounts for laser pump frequency jitter and amplified spontaneous emission noise induced by the erbium-doped fiber amplifier. Using crystalline whispering-gallery-mode resonators with quality factor Q ˜109 for the comb generation, we show that when the noise is accounted for, the coherence of a primary comb is significantly higher than the coherence of their solitonic or chaotic counterparts for the same pump power. In order to confirm this theoretical finding, we perform an optical fiber transmission experiment using advanced modulation formats, and we show that the coherence of the primary comb is high enough to enable data transmission of up to 144 Gbit /s per comb line, the highest value achieved with a Kerr comb so far. This performance evidences that compact crystalline photonic systems have the potential to play a key role in a new generation of coherent fiber communication networks, alongside fully integrated systems.

  15. Spectroscopy of cesium Rydberg atoms in strong radio-frequency fields

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    Jiao, Yuechun; Li, Jingkui; Raithel, Georg; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-01-01

    We study Rydberg atoms modulated by strong radio-frequency (RF) fields with a frequency of 70 MHz. The Rydberg atoms are prepared in a room temperature cesium cell, and their level structure is probed using electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). As the RF field increases from the weak- into the strong-field regime, the range of observed RF-induced phenomena progresses from AC level shifts through increasingly pronounced and numerous RF-modulation sidebands to complex state-mixing and level-crossings with high-l hydrogen-like states. Weak anharmonic admixtures in the RF field generate clearly visible modifications in the Rydberg-EIT spectra. A Floquet analysis is employed to model the Rydberg spectra, and good agreement with the experimental observations is found. Our results show that all-optical spectroscopy of Rydberg atoms in vapor cells can serve as an antenna-free, atom-based and calibration-free technique to measure and map RF electric fields and to analyze their higher-harmonic contents.

  16. Coupled molecular and cantilever dynamics model for frequency-modulated atomic force microscopy

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    Klocke, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Summary A molecular dynamics model is presented, which adds harmonic potentials to the atomic interactions to mimic the elastic properties of an AFM cantilever. It gives new insight into the correlation between the experimentally monitored frequency shift and cantilever damping due to the interaction between tip atoms and scanned surface. Applying the model to ionic crystals with rock salt structure two damping mechanisms are investigated, which occur separately or simultaneously depending on the tip position. These mechanisms are adhesion hysteresis on the one hand and lateral excitations of the cantilever on the other. We find that the short range Lennard-Jones part of the atomic interaction alone is sufficient for changing the predominant mechanism. When the long range ionic interaction is switched off, the two damping mechanisms occur with a completely different pattern, which is explained by the energy landscape for the apex atom of the tip. In this case the adhesion hysteresis is always associated with a distinct lateral displacement of the tip. It is shown how this may lead to a systematic shift between the periodic patterns obtained from the frequency and from the damping signal, respectively. PMID:27335760

  17. Comb-assisted coherence transfer between laser fields

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    Sala, Tommaso; Burkart, Johannes; Marangoni, Marco; Romanini, Daniele

    2014-01-01

    Single mode laser fields oscillate at frequencies well outside the realm of electronics, but their phase/frequency fluctuations fall into the radio frequency domain, where direct manipulation is possible. Electro-optic devices have sufficient bandwidth for controlling and tailoring the dynamics of a laser field down to sub-nanosecond time scales. Thus, a laser field can be arbitrarily reshaped and in particular its phase/frequency fluctuations can be in principle removed. In practice, the time evolution of a reference laser field can be cloned to replace the fluctuations of another laser field, at a close-by frequency. In fact, it is possible to exploit a partially stabilized optical comb to perform the cloning across a large frequency gap. We realize this long-haul phase transfer by using a fibered Mach-Zehnder single-sideband modulator driven by an appropriate mix of the beat notes of the master and the slave laser with the comb.

  18. Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency ?

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    Wolf, Peter; Bordé, Christian J; Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude; Salomon, Christophe; Reynaud, Serge

    2010-01-01

    Atom interferometers allow the measurement of the acceleration of freely falling atoms with respect to an experimental platform at rest on Earth's surface. Such experiments have been used to test the universality of free fall by comparing the acceleration of the atoms to that of a classical freely falling object. In a recent paper, M\\"uller, Peters and Chu [Nature {\\bf 463}, 926-929 (2010)] argued that atom interferometers also provide a very accurate test of the gravitational redshift when considering the atom as a clock operating at the Compton frequency associated with the rest mass. We analyze this claim in the frame of general relativity and of different alternative theories. We show that the difference of "Compton phases" between the two paths of the interferometer is actually zero in a large class of theories, including general relativity, all metric theories of gravity, most non-metric theories and most theoretical frameworks used to interpret the violations of the equivalence principle. Therefore, in...

  19. Atomization off thin water films generated by high-frequency substrate wave vibrations

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    Collins, David J.; Manor, Ofer; Winkler, Andreas; Schmidt, Hagen; Friend, James R.; Yeo, Leslie Y.

    2012-11-01

    Generating aerosol droplets via the atomization of thin aqueous films with high frequency surface acoustic waves (SAWs) offers several advantages over existing nebulization methods, particularly for pulmonary drug delivery, offering droplet sizes in the 1-5-μm range ideal for effective pulmonary therapy. Nevertheless, the physics underlying SAW atomization is not well understood, especially in the context of thin liquid film formation and spreading and how this affects the aerosol production. Here, we demonstrate that the film geometry, governed primarily by the applied power and frequency of the SAW, indeed plays a crucial role in the atomization process and, in particular, the size of the atomized droplets. In contrast to the continuous spreading of low surface energy liquids atop similar platforms, high surface energy liquids such as water, in the present case, are found to undergo transient spreading due to the SAW to form a quasisteady film whose height is determined by self-selection of the energy minimum state associated with the acoustic resonance in the film and whose length arises from a competition between acoustic streaming and capillary effects. This is elucidated from a fundamental model for the thin film spreading behavior under SAW excitation, from which we show good agreement between the experimentally measured and theoretically predicted droplet dimension, both of which consistently indicate a linear relationship between the droplet diameter and the mechanical power coupled into the liquid by the SAW (the latter captured by an acoustic Weber number to the two thirds power, and the reciprocal of the SAW frequency).

  20. Picometer-resolution dual-comb spectroscopy with a free-running fibre laser

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    Zhao, Xin; Zhao, Bofeng; Li, Cui; Pan, Yingling; Liu, Ya; Yasui, Takeshi; Zheng, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Dual-comb spectroscopy utilizes two sets of comb lines with slightly different comb-tooth-spacings, and optical spectral information is acquired by measuring the radio-frequency beat notes between the sets of comb lines. It holds the promise as a real-time, high-resolution analytical spectroscopy tool for a range of important applications. However, the stringent requirement on the coherence between comb lines from two separate lasers and the sophisticated control system to achieve that have confined the technology to the top metrology laboratories. By replacing electronics with the law of physics in lasers, a much simpler, dual-comb spectroscopy scheme is demonstrated here using just one dual-wavelength, passively mode-locked fiber laser. Dual-comb pulses with a repetition-frequency difference determined by the intracavity dispersion are shown to be robust against common-mode cavity drifts and noises. As sufficiently low relative linewidth is maintained between two sets of comb lines, capability to resolve pi...

  1. Redistribution of light frequency by multiple scattering in a resonant atomic vapor

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    Carvalho, J C de A; Oriá, M; Chevrollier, M; de Silans, T Passerat

    2015-01-01

    The propagation of light in a resonant atomic vapor can \\textit{a priori} be thought of as a multiple scattering process, in which each scattering event redistributes both the direction and the frequency of the photons. Particularly, the frequency redistribution may result in L\\'evy flights of photons, directly affecting the transport properties of light in a resonant atomic vapor and turning this propagation into a superdifusion process. Here, we report on a Monte-Carlo simulation developed to study the evolution of the spectrum of the light in a resonant thermal vapor. We observe the gradual change of the spectrum and its convergence towards a regime of Complete Frequency Redistribution as the number of scattering events increases. We also analyse the probability density function of the step length of photons between emissions and reabsorptions in the vapor, which governs the statistics of the light diffusion. We observe two different regime in the light transport: superdiffusive when the vapor is excited n...

  2. Origin and stability of dark pulse Kerr combs in normal dispersion resonators.

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    Parra-Rivas, Pedro; Gomila, Damià; Knobloch, Edgar; Coen, Stéphane; Gelens, Lendert

    2016-06-01

    We analyze dark pulse Kerr frequency combs in optical resonators with normal group-velocity dispersion using the Lugiato-Lefever model. We show that in the time domain the combs correspond to interlocked switching waves between the upper and lower homogeneous states, and explain how this fact accounts for many of their experimentally observed properties. Modulational instability does not play any role in their existence. We provide a detailed map indicating for which parameters stable dark pulse Kerr combs can be found, and how they are destabilized for increasing values of frequency detuning. PMID:27244374

  3. Towards efficient octave-spanning comb with micro-structured crystalline resonator

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    Grudinin, Ivan S.; Yu, Nan

    2015-03-01

    Optical frequency combs, typically produced by mode locked lasers, have revolutionized many applications in science and technology. Frequency combs were recently generated by micro resonators through nonlinear Kerr processes. However, the comb span from micro resonators was found to be limited by resonator dispersion and mode spectrum. While dispersion engineering has been reported in on-chip devices, monolithic crystalline resonators offer an advantage of high optical quality factor. Moreover, most resonators used for comb generation support many mode families, leading to unavoidable crossings in resonator spectrum. Such crossings strongly influence comb dynamics and may prevent stable coherent mode-locking and soliton states. We report a new crystalline resonator approach supporting dispersion control and single mode spectrum while maintaining high quality factor. Dispersion engineering by waveguide micro-structuring is used to flatten the dispersion in our MgF2 resonator. Both absolute magnitude of dispersion and its slopes can be altered over a wavelength span exceeding an octave. Dispersion flattening leads to generation of an octave-spanning frequency comb with repetition rate of 46 GHz and coupled pump power below 100 mW. We also demonstrate that the micro- structuring dispersion engineering approach can be used to achieve flattened and anomalous dispersion in a CaF2 resonator near 1550 nm wavelength. In addition, we describe observation of discrete steps between the modulation instability states of the primary comb and on the three-stage comb unfolding dynamics. The micro-structured resonators may enable efficient low repetition rate coherent octave spanning frequency combs without external broadening, ideal for applications in optical frequency synthesis, metrology, spectroscopy, and communications.

  4. Comb-locked Lamb-dip spectrometer

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    Gatti, Davide; Gotti, Riccardo; Gambetta, Alessio; Belmonte, Michele; Galzerano, Gianluca; Laporta, Paolo; Marangoni, Marco

    2016-06-01

    Overcoming the Doppler broadening limit is a cornerstone of precision spectroscopy. Nevertheless, the achievement of a Doppler-free regime is severely hampered by the need of high field intensities to saturate absorption transitions and of a high signal-to-noise ratio to detect tiny Lamb-dip features. Here we present a novel comb-assisted spectrometer ensuring over a broad range from 1.5 to 1.63 μm intra-cavity field enhancement up to 1.5 kW/cm2, which is suitable for saturation of transitions with extremely weak electric dipole moments. Referencing to an optical frequency comb allows the spectrometer to operate with kHz-level frequency accuracy, while an extremely tight locking of the probe laser to the enhancement cavity enables a 10‑11 cm‑1 absorption sensitivity to be reached over 200 s in a purely dc direct-detection-mode at the cavity output. The particularly simple and robust detection and operating scheme, together with the wide tunability available, makes the system suitable to explore thousands of lines of several molecules never observed so far in a Doppler-free regime. As a demonstration, Lamb-dip spectroscopy is performed on the P(15) line of the 01120-00000 band of acetylene, featuring a line-strength below 10‑23 cm/mol and an Einstein coefficient of 5 mHz, among the weakest ever observed.

  5. Minitips in Frequency-Modulation Atomic Force Microscopy at Liquid-Solid Interfaces

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    Hiasa, Takumi; Kimura, Kenjiro; Onishi, Hiroshi

    2012-02-01

    A frequency-modulation atomic force microscope was operated in liquid using sharpened and cone-shaped tips. The topography of mica and alkanethiol monolayers was obtained with subnanometer resolution, regardless of nominal tip radius, which was either 10 or 250 nm. Force-distance curves determined over a hexadecane-thiol interface showed force modulations caused by liquid layers structured at the interface. The amplitude of force modulation and the layer-to-layer distance were completely insensitive to the nominal tip radius. These results are evidence that minitips smaller than the nominal radius are present on the tip body and function as a force probe.

  6. Rydberg atoms with a reduced sensitivity to dc and low-frequency electric fields

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    Jones, L A; Martin, J D D

    2013-01-01

    A non-resonant microwave dressing field at 38.465 GHz was used to eliminate the static electric dipole moment difference between the $49s_{1/2}$ and $48s_{1/2}$ Rydberg states of $^{87}$Rb in dc fields of approximately 1 V/cm. The reduced susceptibility to electric field fluctuations was measured using 2-photon microwave spectroscopy. An anomalous spectral doublet is attributed to polarization ellipticity in the dressing field. The demonstrated ability to inhibit static dipole moment differences --- while retaining sensitivity to high frequency fields --- is applicable to sensors and/or quantum devices using Rydberg atoms.

  7. Continuous-wave, single-frequency 229 nm laser source for laser cooling of cadmium atoms

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    Kaneda, Yushi; Yarborough, J. M.; Merzlyak, Yevgeny; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Hayashida, Keitaro; Ohmae, Noriaki; Katori, Hidetoshi

    2016-01-01

    Continuous-wave output at 229 nm for the application of laser cooling of Cd atoms was generated by the 4th harmonic using two successive second harmonic generation stages. Employing a single-frequency optically pumped semiconductor laser as a fundamental source, 0.56 W of output at 229 nm was observed with a 10-mm long, Brewster-cut BBO crystal in an external cavity with 1.62 W of 458 nm input. Conversion efficiency from 458 nm to 229 nm was more than 34%. By applying a tapered amplifier as a...

  8. Hyperfine frequencies of 87Rb and 133Cs atoms in Xe gas

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    McGuyer, B. H.; Xia, T.; Happer, W.

    2013-01-01

    The microwave resonant frequencies of ground-state 87Rb and 133Cs atoms in Xe buffer gas are shown to have a relatively large nonlinear dependence on the Xe pressure, presumably because of RbXe or CsXe van der Waals molecules. The nonlinear shifts for Xe are opposite in sign to the previously measured shifts for Ar and Kr, even though all three gases have negative linear shifts. The Xe data show striking discrepancies with the previous theory for nonlinear shifts. Most of this discrepancy is ...

  9. Multi-frequency tapping-mode atomic force microscopy beyond three eigenmodes in ambient air

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    Santiago D. Solares

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available We present an exploratory study of multimodal tapping-mode atomic force microscopy driving more than three cantilever eigenmodes. We present tetramodal (4-eigenmode imaging experiments conducted on a thin polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE film and computational simulations of pentamodal (5-eigenmode cantilever dynamics and spectroscopy, focusing on the case of large amplitude ratios between the fundamental eigenmode and the higher eigenmodes. We discuss the dynamic complexities of the tip response in time and frequency space, as well as the average amplitude and phase response. We also illustrate typical images and spectroscopy curves and provide a very brief description of the observed contrast. Overall, our findings are promising in that they help to open the door to increasing sophistication and greater versatility in multi-frequency AFM through the incorporation of a larger number of driven eigenmodes, and in highlighting specific future research opportunities.

  10. Reply to the comment on: "Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency?"

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    Wolf, Peter; Bordé, Christian J; Reynaud, Serge; Salomon, Christophe; Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude

    2012-01-01

    Hohensee, Chu, Peters and M\\"uller have submitted a comment (arXiv:1112.6039 [gr-qc]) on our paper "Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency?", Classical and Quantum Gravity 28, 145017 (2011), arXiv:1009.2485 [gr-qc]. Here we reply to this comment and show that the main result of our paper, namely that atom interferometric gravimeters do not test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency, remains valid.

  11. Frequency modulated few-cycle optical pulse trains induced controllable ultrafast coherent population oscillations in three-level atomic systems

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    Kumar, Parvendra; Sarma, Amarendra K.

    2012-01-01

    We report a study on the ultrafast coherent population oscillations (UCPO) in two level atoms induced by the frequency modulated few-cycle optical pulse train. The phenomenon of UCPO is investigated by numerically solving the optical Bloch equations beyond the rotating wave approximation. We demonstrate that the quantum state of the atoms and the frequency of UCPO may be controlled by controlling the number of pulses in the pulse trains and the pulse repetition time respectively. Moreover, th...

  12. [The skull of Combe Capelle].

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    Hoffmann, Almut; Wegner, Dietrich

    2002-12-01

    Since the end of World War II two of the most important anthropological artefacts of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin, the skulls and skeletons of Le Moustier and Combe Capelle, were believed to be missing or destroyed, respectively. The postcrania were severely damaged during a fire after the museum was bombed in February 1945, while the skulls were brought to the Soviet Union in 1945. In 1965, the skull of the Neanderthal man from Le Moustier and the chain of the grave of Combe Capelle were found amongst the art objects returned by the Soviet Union into the German Democratic Republic in 1958. However, the Combe Capelle skull was still missing. In the end of 2001 this skull could be found and identified in a store-house of the museum. Now, one the oldest known representatives of Homo sapiens sapiens is again available for scientific research and public exhibitions. PMID:12529957

  13. Dual Comb Raman Spectroscopy on Cesium Hyperfine Transitions-Toward a Stimulate Raman Spectrum on CF4 Molecule

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    Liu, Tze-Wei; Hsu, Yen-Chu; Cheng, Wang-Yau

    2015-06-01

    Raman spectroscopy is an important spectroscopic technique used in chemistry to provide a fingerprint by which molecules can be identified. It helps us to observe vibration- rotation, and other low-frequency modes in a system. Dual comb Raman spectroscopy allows measuring a wide bandwidth with high resolution in microseconds. The stimulate Raman spectroscopy had been performed in early days where the nonlinear conversion efficiency depended on laser peak power. Hence we propose an approach for rapidly resolving the Raman spectroscopy of CF4 molecule by two Ti:sapphire comb lasers. Our progress on this proposal will be presented in the conference. First, we have realized a compact dual Ti:sapphire comb laser system where the dual Ti:sapphire laser system possesses the specification of 1 GHz repetition rate. In our dual comb system, 1 GHz repetition rate, 100 kHz Δfrep and 2.4 THz optical filter are chosen according to the demands of our future works on spectroscopy. Therefore, the maximum mode number within free spectral range is 5*103, and the widest range of dual-comb based spectra in that each spectrum could be uniquely identified is 5 THz. The actual bandwidth is determined by the employed optical filter and is set to be 2.4 THz here, so that the corresponding data acquisition time is 10 μs. Secondly, since the identification of the tremendous spectral lines of CF4 molecule relies on a stable reference and a reliable data-retrieving system, we propose a first-step experiment on atomic system where the direct 6S-8S 822-nm two-photon absorption and 8S-6P3/2 (794 nm) enhanced stimulate Raman would be realized directly by using Ti:sapphire laser. We have successfully performed direct comb laser two-photon spectroscopy for both with and without middle-level enhanced. For the level enhanced two-photon spectrum, our experimental setup achieves Doppler-free spectrum and a record narrow linewidth (1 MHz). T.-W. Liu, C.-M. Wu, Y.-C. Hsu and W.-Y. Cheng, Appl. Phys. B

  14. Laser sources for precision spectroscopy on atomic strontium

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    Ferrari, G; T.M. Brzozowski; R. DRULLINGER; Poli, N.; Prevedelli, M.; Toninelli, C.; Tino, G. M.

    2004-01-01

    Laser Optics 2003: Solid State Lasers and Nonlinear Frequency Conversion, edited by Vladimir I. Ustugov abstract: We present a new laser setup suited for high precision spectroscopy on atomic strontium. The source is used for an absolute frequency measurement of the visible 5s21S0-5s5p3P1 intercombination line of strontium which is considered a possible candidate for a future optical frequency standard. The optical frequency is measured with an optical comb generator referenced to the SI t...

  15. Radio-frequency tunable atomic magnetometer for detection of solid-state NQR

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    Lee, S.-K.; Sauer, K. L.; Seltzer, S. J.; Alem, O.; Romalis, M. V.

    2007-06-01

    We constructed a potassium atomic magnetometer which resonantly detects rf magnetic fields with subfemtotesla sensitivity. The resonance frequency is set by the Zeeman resonance of the potassium atoms in a static magnetic field applied to the magnetometer cell. Strong optical pumping of the potassium atoms into a stretched state reduces spin-exchange broadening of the Zeeman resonance, resulting in relatively small linewidth of about 200 Hz (half-width at half-maximum). The magnetometer was used to detect ^14N NQR signal from powdered ammonium nitrate at 423 kHz, with sensitivity an order of magnitude higher than with a conventional room temperature pickup coil with comparable geometry. The demonstrated sensitivity of 0.24 fT/Hz^1/2 can be improved by several means, including use of higher power lasers for pumping and probing. Our technique can potentially be used to develop a mobile, open-access NQR spectrometer for detection of nitrogen-containing solids of interest in security applications.

  16. Low Frequency Gravitational Wave Detection With Ground Based Atom Interferometer Arrays

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    Chaibi, W; Canuel, B; Bertoldi, A; Landragin, A; Bouyer, P

    2016-01-01

    We propose a new detection strategy for gravitational waves (GWs) below few Hertz based on a correlated array of atom interferometers (AIs). Our proposal allows to reduce the Newtonian Noise (NN) which limits all ground based GW detectors below few Hertz, including previous atom interferometry-based concepts. Using an array of long baseline AI gradiometers yields several estimations of the NN, whose effect can thus be reduced via statistical averaging. Considering the km baseline of current optical detectors, a NN rejection of factor 2 could be achieved, and tested with existing AI array geometries. Exploiting the correlation properties of the gravity acceleration noise, we show that a 10-fold or more NN rejection is possible with a dedicated configuration. Considering a conservative NN model and the current developments in cold atom technology, we show that strain sensitivities below $1\\times 10^{-19}/ \\sqrt{\\text{Hz}}$ in the $ 0.3-3 \\ \\text{Hz}$ frequency band can be within reach, with a peak sensitivity o...

  17. Low frequency gravitational wave detection with ground-based atom interferometer arrays

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    Chaibi, W.; Geiger, R.; Canuel, B.; Bertoldi, A.; Landragin, A.; Bouyer, P.

    2016-01-01

    We propose a new detection strategy for gravitational waves (GWs) below a few hertz based on a correlated array of atom interferometers (AIs). Our proposal allows us to reduce the Newtonian noise (NN), which limits all ground based GW detectors below a few hertz, including previous atom interferometry-based concepts. Using an array of long baseline AI gradiometers yields several estimations of the NN, whose effect can thus be reduced via statistical averaging. Considering the km baseline of current optical detectors, a NN rejection of a factor of 2 could be achieved and tested with existing AI array geometries. Exploiting the correlation properties of the gravity acceleration noise, we show that a tenfold or more NN rejection is possible with a dedicated configuration. Considering a conservative NN model and the current developments in cold atom technology, we show that strain sensitivities below 1 ×10-19/√{Hz } in the 0.3 -3 Hz frequency band can be within reach, with a peak sensitivity of 3 ×10-23/√{Hz } at 2 Hz . Our proposed configuration could extend the observation window of current detectors by a decade and fill the gap between ground-based and space-based instruments.

  18. Improved Measurement of the Hydrogen 1S - 2S Transition Frequency

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    Parthey, Christian G; Alnis, Janis; Bernhardt, Birgitta; Beyer, Axel; Holzwarth, Ronald; Maistrou, Aliaksei; Pohl, Randolf; Predehl, Katharina; Udem, Thomas; Wilken, Tobias; Kolachevsky, Nikolai; Abgrall, Michel; Rovera, Daniele; Salomon, Christophe; Laurent, Philippe; Hänsch, Theodor W

    2011-01-01

    We have measured the 1S - 2S transition frequency in atomic hydrogen via two photon spectroscopy on a 5.8 K atomic beam. We obtain $f_{1S-2S} = 2 466 061 413 187 035 (10)$ Hz for the hyperfine centroid. This is a fractional frequency uncertainty of $4.2\\times 10^{-15}$ improving the previous measure- ment by our own group [M. Fischer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 230802 (2004)] by a factor of 3.3. The probe laser frequency was phase coherently linked to the mobile cesium fountain clock FOM via a frequency comb.

  19. Absolute Frequency Measurements of the D1 and D2 Transitions in Aatomic Li

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    Sheets, Donal; Almaguer, Jose; Baron, Jacob; Elgee, Peter; Rowan, Michael; Stalnaker, Jason

    2014-05-01

    We present preliminary results from our measurements of the D1 and D2 transitions in Li. The data were obtained from a collimated atomic beam excited by light from an extended cavity diode laser. The frequency of the diode laser was stabilized to an optical frequency comb, providing absolute frequency measurement and control of the excitation laser frequency. These measurements will provide a stringent test of atomic structure calculations and yield information about the nuclear structure. We also discuss plans to extend the technique to other high-lying states in lithium. Funded by the NIST Precision Measurements Grant and NSF Award #1305591.

  20. Precision frequency measurement of visible intercombination lines of strontium

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    Ferrari, G; Cancio, P.; R. DRULLINGER; Giusfredi, G.; Poli, N.; Prevedelli, M.; Toninelli, C.; Tino, G. M.

    2003-01-01

    We report the direct frequency measurement of the visible 5s$^2$ $^1$S$_0$-5s 5p$^3$P$_1$ intercombination line of strontium that is considered a possible candidate for a future optical frequency standard. The frequency of a cavity-stabilized laser is locked to the saturated fluorescence in a thermal Sr atomic beam and is measured with an optical-frequency comb-generator referenced to the SI second through a GPS signal. The $^{88}$Sr transition is measured to be at 434 829 121 311 (10) kHz. W...

  1. Measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms using nuclear magnetic resonance frequency shifts of noble gases

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    We report a novel method of measuring the spin polarization of alkali-metal atoms by detecting the NMR frequency shifts of noble gases. We calculated the profile of 87Rb D1 line absorption cross sections. We then measured the absorption profile of the sample cell, from which we calculated the 87Rb number densities at different temperatures. Then we measured the frequency shifts resulted from the spin polarization of the 87Rb atoms and calculated its polarization degrees at different temperatures. The behavior of frequency shifts versus temperature in experiment was consistent with theoretical calculation, which may be used as compensative signal for the NMRG closed-loop control system

  2. Frequency Measurement of the Electric Quadrupole Transition in a Single Laser-Cooled 40Ca+

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    The optical frequency of the 4s2S1/2-3d2D5/2 transition in a single trapped and laser-cooled 40Ca+ ion is measured with an optical frequency comb system referenced to a hydrogen maser. A 729-nm laser can be locked to the clock transition about ten hours and the Allan deviation is better than 2 × 10−14/1000 s. (atomic and molecular physics)

  3. A comparison of the frequencies of the 1S-2S and 2S-4P transitions in atomic hydrogen

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    The difference between the frequency of the 2S-4P1/2 transition and a quarter of the 1S-2S transition frequency in atomic hydrogen has been measured by high-resolution laser spectroscopy. The result is 4696.3 (2.0) MHz, from which the value 8168 (8) MHz is derived for the 1S Lamb shift. This is the first determination of this quantify from continuous wave spectroscopy without frequency standards. (author)

  4. Laser frequency stabilization and large detuning by Doppler-free dichroic lock technique: Application to atom cooling

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    V B Tiwari; S R Mishra; H S Rawat; S Singh; S P Ram; S C Mehendale

    2005-09-01

    We present results of a study of frequency stabilization of a diode laser ( = 780 nm) using the Doppler-free dichroic lock (DFDL) technique and its use for laser cooling of atoms. Quantitative measurements of frequency stability were performed and the Allan variance was found to be 6.9 × 10−11 for an averaging time of 10 s. The frequency-stabilized diode laser was used to obtain the trapping beams for a magneto-optic trap (MOT) for Rb atoms. Using the DFDL technique, the laser frequency could be locked over a wide range and this enabled measurement of detuning dependence of the number and temperature of cold atoms using a relatively simple experimental set-up.

  5. Application of the Molecular Combing Technique to Starch Granules

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    Zhong-Dong Liu; Liu Boxiang; Jian-Hui Chen; You-Ning Sun; Xiao-Ling Lv; Ze-Sheng Zhang; Pin Sun; Pin Zhang; Yang-Li Wang; Hua Li

    2009-01-01

    The molecular combing technique was used to dissociate the nanostructural units of starch granules from the starch fragments after a gelatinization process. With the help of atomic force microscopy (AFM), we observed that some nanostructural chains were just flowing out of the granules. It proves that there are substantive nanostructural units in the starch granules, a phenomenon not previously observed, so these nanostructural units were defined as suspected intermediates. Furthermore, we co...

  6. Frequency comparison and absolute frequency measurement of I{sub 2}-stabilized lasers at 532 nm

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    Nevsky, A.Yu. [Sektion Physik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany)]|[Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Quantenoptik, Garching (Germany)]|[Inst. of Laser Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Holzwarth, R.; Reichert, J.; Udem, T.; Haensch, T.W.; Zanthier, J. von; Walther, H. [Sektion Physik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany)]|[Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Quantenoptik, Garching (Germany); Schnatz, H.; Riehle, F. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); Pokasov, P.V.; Skvortsov, M.N.; Bagayev, S.N. [Inst. of Laser Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    We present a frequency comparison and an absolute frequency measurement of two independent I{sub 2}-stabilized frequency-doubled Nd:YAG lasers at 532 nm, one set up at the Institute of Laser Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia, the other at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany. The absolute frequency of the I{sub 2}-stabilized lasers was determined using a CH{sub 4}-stabilized He-Ne laser as a reference. This laser had been calibrated prior to the measurement by an atomic cesium fountain clock. The frequency chain linking phase-coherently the two frequencies made use of the frequency comb of a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser where the comb mode separation was controlled by a local cesium atomic clock. A new value for the R(56)32-0:a{sub 10} component, recommended by the Comite International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM) for the realization of the metre, was obtained with reduced uncertainty. Absolute frequencies of the R(56)32-0 and P(54)32-0 iodine absorption lines together with the hyperfine line separations were measured.

  7. Accurate formula for dissipative interaction in frequency modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Suzuki, Kazuhiro; Matsushige, Kazumi; Yamada, Hirofumi [Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan); Kobayashi, Kei [Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan); The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo, Kyoto 615-8520 (Japan); Labuda, Aleksander [Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal H3A 2T8 (Canada)

    2014-12-08

    Much interest has recently focused on the viscosity of nano-confined liquids. Frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) is a powerful technique that can detect variations in the conservative and dissipative forces between a nanometer-scale tip and a sample surface. We now present an accurate formula to convert the dissipation power of the cantilever measured during the experiment to damping of the tip-sample system. We demonstrated the conversion of the dissipation power versus tip-sample separation curve measured using a colloidal probe cantilever on a mica surface in water to the damping curve, which showed a good agreement with the theoretical curve. Moreover, we obtained the damping curve from the dissipation power curve measured on the hydration layers on the mica surface using a nanometer-scale tip, demonstrating that the formula allows us to quantitatively measure the viscosity of a nano-confined liquid using FM-AFM.

  8. Accurate formula for dissipative interaction in frequency modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Suzuki, Kazuhiro; Kobayashi, Kei; Labuda, Aleksander; Matsushige, Kazumi; Yamada, Hirofumi

    2014-12-01

    Much interest has recently focused on the viscosity of nano-confined liquids. Frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) is a powerful technique that can detect variations in the conservative and dissipative forces between a nanometer-scale tip and a sample surface. We now present an accurate formula to convert the dissipation power of the cantilever measured during the experiment to damping of the tip-sample system. We demonstrated the conversion of the dissipation power versus tip-sample separation curve measured using a colloidal probe cantilever on a mica surface in water to the damping curve, which showed a good agreement with the theoretical curve. Moreover, we obtained the damping curve from the dissipation power curve measured on the hydration layers on the mica surface using a nanometer-scale tip, demonstrating that the formula allows us to quantitatively measure the viscosity of a nano-confined liquid using FM-AFM.

  9. Continuous-wave, single-frequency 229 nm laser source for laser cooling of cadmium atoms

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    Kaneda, Yushi; Merzlyak, Yevgeny; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Hayashida, Keitaro; Ohmae, Noriaki; Katori, Hidetoshi

    2016-01-01

    Continuous-wave output at 229 nm for the application of laser cooling of Cd atoms was generated by the 4th harmonic using two successive second harmonic generation stages. Employing a single-frequency optically pumped semiconductor laser as a fundamental source, 0.56 W of output at 229 nm was observed with a 10-mm long, Brewster-cut BBO crystal in an external cavity with 1.62 W of 458 nm input. Conversion efficiency from 458 nm to 229 nm was more than 34%. By applying a tapered amplifier as a fundamental source, we demonstrated magneto-optical trapping of all stable Cd isotopes including isotopes $^{111}$Cd and $^{113}$Cd, which are applicable to optical lattice clocks.

  10. Noncontact atomic force microscopy simulator with phase-locked-loop controlled frequency detection and excitation

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    Nony, L; Schaer, D; Pfeiffer, O; Wezel, A; Meyer, E; Nony, Laurent; Baratoff, Alexis Prof.; Schaer, Dominique; Pfeiffer, Oliver; Wezel, Adrian; Meyer, Ernst

    2006-01-01

    A simulation of an atomic force microscope operating in the constant amplitude dynamic mode is described. The implementation mimics the electronics of a real setup including a digital phase-locked loop (PLL). The PLL is not only used as a very sensitive frequency detector, but also to generate the time-dependent phase shifted signal driving the cantilever. The optimum adjustments of individual functional blocks and their joint performance in typical experiments are determined in detail. Prior to testing the complete setup, the performances of the numerical PLL and of the amplitude controller were ascertained to be satisfactory compared to those of the real components. Attention is also focused on the issue of apparent dissipation, that is, of spurious variations in the driving amplitude caused by the nonlinear interaction occurring between the tip and the surface and by the finite response times of the various controllers. To do so, an estimate of the minimum dissipated energy that is detectable by the instru...

  11. Hyperfine frequencies of 87Rb and 133Cs atoms in Xe gas

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    McGuyer, B H; Happer, W; 10.1103/PhysRevA.84.030501

    2013-01-01

    The microwave resonant frequencies of ground-state 87Rb and 133Cs atoms in Xe buffer gas are shown to have a relatively large nonlinear dependence on the Xe pressure, presumably because of RbXe or CsXe van der Waals molecules. The nonlinear shifts for Xe are opposite in sign to the previously measured shifts for Ar and Kr, even though all three gases have negative linear shifts. The Xe data show striking discrepancies with the previous theory for nonlinear shifts. Most of this discrepancy is eliminated by accounting for the spin-rotation interaction in addition to the hyperfine-shift interaction in the molecules. To the limit of our experimental accuracy, the shifts of 87Rb and 133Cs in He, Ne, and N2 were linear with pressure.

  12. Accurate formula for dissipative interaction in frequency modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Much interest has recently focused on the viscosity of nano-confined liquids. Frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) is a powerful technique that can detect variations in the conservative and dissipative forces between a nanometer-scale tip and a sample surface. We now present an accurate formula to convert the dissipation power of the cantilever measured during the experiment to damping of the tip-sample system. We demonstrated the conversion of the dissipation power versus tip-sample separation curve measured using a colloidal probe cantilever on a mica surface in water to the damping curve, which showed a good agreement with the theoretical curve. Moreover, we obtained the damping curve from the dissipation power curve measured on the hydration layers on the mica surface using a nanometer-scale tip, demonstrating that the formula allows us to quantitatively measure the viscosity of a nano-confined liquid using FM-AFM

  13. Comb-calibrated solar spectroscopy through a multiplexed single-mode fiber channel

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    Probst, R A; Doerr, H-P; Steinmetz, T; Kentischer, T J; Zhao, G; Hänsch, T W; Udem, Th; Holzwarth, R; Schmidt, W

    2015-01-01

    We investigate a new scheme for astronomical spectrograph calibration using the laser frequency comb at the Solar Vacuum Tower Telescope on Tenerife. Our concept is based upon a single-mode fiber channel, that simultaneously feeds the spectrograph with comb light and sunlight. This yields nearly perfect spatial mode matching between the two sources. In combination with the absolute calibration provided by the frequency comb, this method enables extremely robust and accurate spectroscopic measurements. The performance of this scheme is compared to a sequence of alternating comb and sunlight, and to absorption lines from Earth's atmosphere. We also show how the method can be used for radial-velocity detection by measuring the well-explored 5-minute oscillations averaged over the full solar disk. Our method is currently restricted to solar spectroscopy, but with further evolving fiber-injection techniques it could become an option even for faint astronomical targets.

  14. Atoms

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    2007-01-01

    Atoms(原子)are all around us.They are something like the bricks (砖块)of which everything is made. The size of an atom is very,very small.In just one grain of salt are held millions of atoms. Atoms are very important.The way one object acts depends on what

  15. Erratum to “Ultra-Broadband Photonic Harmonic Mixer Based on Optical Comb Generation”

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    Zhao, Ying; Pang, Xiaodan; Deng, Lei; Yu, Xianbin; Zheng, Xiaoping; Monroy, Idelfonso Tafur

    2012-01-01

    We propose a novel photonic harmonic mixer operating at frequencies up to the millimeter-wave (MMW) band. By combining a broadband fiber-wireless signal with highorder harmonics of a fundamental local oscillator in an optical frequency comb generator, frequency down-conversion can be implemented...

  16. Lifetime measurement of excited atomic and ionic states of some noble gases using the high-frequency deflection technique

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    M B Das; S Karmakar

    2005-12-01

    High-frequency deflection (HFD) technique with a delayed coincidence single photon counting arrangement is an efficient technique for radiative lifetime measurement. An apparatus for measurement of the radiative lifetime of atoms and molecules has been developed in our laboratory and measurements have been performed with great success in a large number of atoms and ions. The present version of the apparatus is described in this paper together with a brief description of the basic features and performance.

  17. Atoms

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    Completed by recent contributions on various topics (atoms and the Brownian motion, the career of Jean Perrin, the evolution of atomic physics since Jean Perrin, relationship between scientific atomism and philosophical atomism), this book is a reprint of a book published at the beginning of the twentieth century in which the author addressed the relationship between atomic theory and chemistry (molecules, atoms, the Avogadro hypothesis, molecule structures, solutes, upper limits of molecular quantities), molecular agitation (molecule velocity, molecule rotation or vibration, molecular free range), the Brownian motion and emulsions (history and general features, statistical equilibrium of emulsions), the laws of the Brownian motion (Einstein's theory, experimental control), fluctuations (the theory of Smoluchowski), light and quanta (black body, extension of quantum theory), the electricity atom, the atom genesis and destruction (transmutations, atom counting)

  18. Entropy of entanglement in the continuous frequency space of the biphoton state from multiplexed cold atomic ensembles

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    Jen, H. H.

    2016-02-01

    We consider a scheme of multiplexed cold atomic ensembles that generate a frequency-entangled biphoton state with controllable entropy of entanglement. The biphoton state consists of a telecommunication photon (signal) immediately followed by an infrared one (idler) via four-wave mixing with two classical pump fields. Multiplexing the atomic ensembles with frequency and phase-shifted signal and idler emissions, we can manipulate and can control the spectral property of the biphoton state. Mapping out the entropy of entanglement in the scheme provides the optimal configuration for entanglement resources. This paves the way for efficient long-distance quantum communication and for potentially useful multimode structures in quantum information processing.

  19. Interaction de l'atome d'hydrogene avec un champ laser intense et bref a derive de frequence

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    Ba, Harouna Sileye

    Nous presentons dans ce document une etude theorique de l'interaction entre l'atome d'hydrogene et un champ laser intense et bref a derive de frequence. Dans un premier temps, nous etablissons une methode basee sur les fonctions B-splines qui permet de decrire avec precision l'ensemble de la structure energetique du systeme atomique. Dans le second temps, nous developpons une approche non perturbative de type spectrale, basee sur la resolution exacte de l'equation de Schrodinger dependante du temps, pour decrire l'atome d'hydrogene en interaction avec un champ laser. Nous proposons particulierement une representation realiste d'une impulsion laser a derive de frequence. Finalement, nous etudions le processus d'ionisation au dessus du seuil de l'atome d'hydrogene soumis a une impulsion a derive de frequence. Nos resultats montrent que la derive de frequence laser permet de controler et d'optimiser le transfert de population de l'etat fondamental vers les etats electroniques intermediaires impliques dans le processus d'ionisation. Mots-cles : Atome d'hydrogene Fonctions B-splines Methode non perturbative spectrale Impulsion laser intense et breve Parametre de derive de frequence laser lonisation multiphotonique

  20. Time-of-flight measurements in atomic beam devices using adiabatic high frequency transitions and sextupole magnets

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    Atomic beam devices are frequently equipped with sextupole magnets to focus the beam or to act as spin filters in combination with RF-transitions for manipulating the hyperfine population within the atomic beam. A useful tool for the analysis of sextupole systems, the application of time-of-flight (TOF) measurements is presented. TOF measurements are enabled without mechanical beam chopper by utilizing adiabatic radio frequency transitions to select atoms within a certain time interval. This method is especially interesting for the use in atomic beam devices that are already equipped with RF-transitions and sextupole magnets and where space limitations or the required quality of the vacuum do not allow the installation of a mechanical chopper. The measurements presented here were performed with the atomic beam polarimeter of the HERMES polarized deuterium target and the results have been used to optimize the sextupole system of the polarimeter

  1. A ground-based radio frequency inductively coupled plasma apparatus for atomic oxygen simulation in low Earth orbit.

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    Huang, Yongxian; Tian, Xiubo; Yang, Shiqin; Chu, Paul K

    2007-10-01

    A radio frequency (rf) inductively coupled plasma apparatus has been developed to simulate the atomic oxygen environment encountered in low Earth orbit (LEO). Basing on the novel design, the apparatus can achieve stable, long lasting operation, pure and high density oxygen plasma beam. Furthermore, the effective atomic oxygen flux can be regulated. The equivalent effective atomic oxygen flux may reach (2.289-2.984) x 10(16) at.cm(2) s at an oxygen pressure of 1.5 Pa and rf power of 400 W. The equivalent atomic oxygen flux is about 100 times than that in the LEO environment. The mass loss measured from the polyimide sample changes linearly with the exposure time, while the density of the eroded holes becomes smaller. The erosion mechanism of the polymeric materials by atomic oxygen is complex and involves initial reactions at the gas-surface interface as well as steady-state material removal. PMID:17979410

  2. An atomic clockwork using phase dependent energy shifts

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    De Munshi, D; Mukherjee, M

    2011-01-01

    A frequency stabilized laser referenced to an unperturbed atomic two level system acts as the most accurate clock with femtosecond clock ticks. For any meaningful use, a Femtosecond Laser Frequency Comb (FLFC) is used to transfer the atomic clock accuracy to electronically countable nanosecond clock ticks. Here we propose an alternative clockwork based on the phenomenon that when an atomic system is slowly evolved in a cyclic path, the atomic energy levels gather some phase called the geometric phase. This geometric phase dependent energy shift has been used here to couple the two frequency regimes in a phase coherent manner. It has also been shown that such a technique can be implemented experimentally, bypassing the highly involved setup of a FLFC.

  3. Microwave photonic comb filter with ultra-fast tunability.

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    Jiang, H Y; Yan, L S; Pan, Y; Pan, W; Luo, B; Zou, X H; Eggleton, B J

    2015-11-01

    A microwave comb filter with ultra-fast tunability is proposed based on the fundamental delay-line microwave photonic filter. The central frequency of the passband or stopband in such a filter can be rapidly adjusted, along with the independent tunability of the free spectral range (FSR). Experimental results show that the central frequency of the transfer function is electronically tuned with a frequency difference of half of the FSR at a speed of cognitive radio, and next-generation radar systems. PMID:26512477

  4. Mapping power-law rheology of living cells using multi-frequency force modulation atomic force microscopy

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    We present multi-frequency force modulation atomic force microscopy (AFM) for mapping the complex shear modulus G* of living cells as a function of frequency over the range of 50–500 Hz in the same measurement time as the single-frequency force modulation measurement. The AFM technique enables us to reconstruct image maps of rheological parameters, which exhibit a frequency-dependent power-law behavior with respect to G*. These quantitative rheological measurements reveal a large spatial variation in G* in this frequency range for single cells. Moreover, we find that the reconstructed images of the power-law rheological parameters are much different from those obtained in force-curve or single-frequency force modulation measurements. This indicates that the former provide information about intracellular mechanical structures of the cells that are usually not resolved with the conventional force measurement methods

  5. Mapping power-law rheology of living cells using multi-frequency force modulation atomic force microscopy

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    Takahashi, Ryosuke; Okajima, Takaharu, E-mail: okajima@ist.hokudai.ac.jp [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku N14 W9, Sapporo 060-0814 (Japan)

    2015-10-26

    We present multi-frequency force modulation atomic force microscopy (AFM) for mapping the complex shear modulus G* of living cells as a function of frequency over the range of 50–500 Hz in the same measurement time as the single-frequency force modulation measurement. The AFM technique enables us to reconstruct image maps of rheological parameters, which exhibit a frequency-dependent power-law behavior with respect to G{sup *}. These quantitative rheological measurements reveal a large spatial variation in G* in this frequency range for single cells. Moreover, we find that the reconstructed images of the power-law rheological parameters are much different from those obtained in force-curve or single-frequency force modulation measurements. This indicates that the former provide information about intracellular mechanical structures of the cells that are usually not resolved with the conventional force measurement methods.

  6. Time-frequency atoms-driven support vector machine method for bearings incipient fault diagnosis

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    Liu, Ruonan; Yang, Boyuan; Zhang, Xiaoli; Wang, Shibin; Chen, Xuefeng

    2016-06-01

    Bearing plays an essential role in the performance of mechanical system and fault diagnosis of mechanical system is inseparably related to the diagnosis of the bearings. However, it is a challenge to detect weak fault from the complex and non-stationary vibration signals with a large amount of noise, especially at the early stage. To improve the anti-noise ability and detect incipient fault, a novel fault detection method based on a short-time matching method and Support Vector Machine (SVM) is proposed. In this paper, the mechanism of roller bearing is discussed and the impact time frequency dictionary is constructed targeting the multi-component characteristics and fault feature of roller bearing fault vibration signals. Then, a short-time matching method is described and the simulation results show the excellent feature extraction effects in extremely low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). After extracting the most relevance atoms as features, SVM was trained for fault recognition. Finally, the practical bearing experiments indicate that the proposed method is more effective and efficient than the traditional methods in weak impact signal oscillatory characters extraction and incipient fault diagnosis.

  7. Generation of Kerr combs centered at 4.5{\\mu}m in crystalline microresonators pumped by quantum cascade lasers

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    Savchenkov, Anatoliy A; Di Teodoro, Fabio; Belden, Paul M; Lotshaw, William T; Matsko, Andrey B; Maleki, Lute

    2015-01-01

    We report on the generation of mid-infrared Kerr frequency combs in high-finesse CaF$_2$ and MgF$_2$ whispering-gallery mode resonators pumped with continuous wave room temperature quantum cascade lasers. The combs were centered at 4.5$\\mu$m, the longest wavelength to date. A frequency comb wider than a half of an octave was demonstrated when approximately 20mW of pump power was coupled to an MgF2 resonator characterized with quality factor exceeding 10$^8$.

  8. Generation of Kerr combs centered at 45 μm in crystalline microresonators pumped with quantum-cascade lasers

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    Savchenkov, Anatoliy A.; Ilchenko, Vladimir S.; Di Teodoro, Fabio; Belden, Paul M.; Lotshaw, William T.; Matsko, Andrey B.; Maleki, Lute

    2015-08-01

    We report on the generation of mid-infrared Kerr frequency combs in high-finesse CaF$_2$ and MgF$_2$ whispering-gallery mode resonators pumped with continuous wave room temperature quantum cascade lasers. The combs were centered at 4.5$\\mu$m, the longest wavelength to date. A frequency comb wider than a half of an octave was demonstrated when approximately 20mW of pump power was coupled to an MgF2 resonator characterized with quality factor exceeding 10$^8$.

  9. Compact field programmable gate array-based pulse-sequencer and radio-frequency generator for experiments with trapped atoms

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    We present a compact field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based pulse sequencer and radio-frequency (RF) generator suitable for experiments with cold trapped ions and atoms. The unit is capable of outputting a pulse sequence with at least 32 transistor-transistor logic (TTL) channels with a timing resolution of 40 ns and contains a built-in 100 MHz frequency counter for counting electrical pulses from a photo-multiplier tube. There are 16 independent direct-digital-synthesizers RF sources with fast (rise-time of ∼60 ns) amplitude switching and sub-mHz frequency tuning from 0 to 800 MHz

  10. Compact field programmable gate array-based pulse-sequencer and radio-frequency generator for experiments with trapped atoms

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    Pruttivarasin, Thaned, E-mail: thaned.pruttivarasin@riken.jp [Quantum Metrology Laboratory, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Katori, Hidetoshi [Quantum Metrology Laboratory, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Innovative Space-Time Project, ERATO, JST, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    We present a compact field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based pulse sequencer and radio-frequency (RF) generator suitable for experiments with cold trapped ions and atoms. The unit is capable of outputting a pulse sequence with at least 32 transistor-transistor logic (TTL) channels with a timing resolution of 40 ns and contains a built-in 100 MHz frequency counter for counting electrical pulses from a photo-multiplier tube. There are 16 independent direct-digital-synthesizers RF sources with fast (rise-time of ∼60 ns) amplitude switching and sub-mHz frequency tuning from 0 to 800 MHz.

  11. Frequency modulated few-cycle optical pulse trains induced controllable ultrafast coherent population oscillations in three-level atomic systems

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    Kumar, Parvendra

    2012-01-01

    We report a study on the ultrafast coherent population oscillations (UCPO) in sodium atoms induced by the frequency modulated few-cycle optical pulse trains. The phenomenon of UCPO is investigated by numerically solving the appropriate density matrix equations beyond the rotating wave approximation. We demonstrate that the quantum state of the atoms and the frequency of UCPO may be controlled by controlling the number of pulses in the pulse trains and the pulse repetition time respectively. Moreover, the robustness of population transfer against the variation of laser pulse parameters is also investigated. The proposed scheme may be useful for the creation of atomic beam in selected quantum state for desired time duration and may have potential applications in ultrafast optical switching.

  12. On a Mechanism for Limiting the Frequency and Energy Characteristics of Lasers on Self-terminating Transitions of Metal Atoms

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    Yudin, N. A.; Yudin, N. N.

    2016-04-01

    Electrophysical approach to estimation of conditions for efficient pumping of active medium of lasers on selfterminating transitions of metal atoms in a gas discharge tube with electrodes in cold buffer zones is used. Existence of processes that enhance the effect of the well-known mechanism of limitation of radiation frequency and energy characteristics caused by the presence of a pre-pulse electron concentration in the discharge circuit of lasers on self-terminating transitions of metal atoms is demonstrated. The mechanism of influence of these processes on frequency and energy characteristics of lasers on self-terminating transitions of metal atoms and the technical methods of neutralization of these processes are considered. It is shown that the practical efficiency of a copper vapor laser can attain ~10% under conditions of neutralization of these processes.

  13. A low phase noise microwave frequency synthesis for a high-performance cesium vapor cell atomic clock

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    We report the development, absolute phase noise, and residual phase noise characterization of a 9.192 GHz microwave frequency synthesis chain devoted to be used as a local oscillator in a high-performance cesium vapor cell atomic clock based on coherent population trapping (CPT). It is based on frequency multiplication of an ultra-low phase noise 100 MHz oven-controlled quartz crystal oscillator using a nonlinear transmission line-based chain. Absolute phase noise performances of the 9.192 GHz output signal are measured to be −42, −100, −117 dB rad2/Hz and −129 dB rad2/Hz at 1 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz, and 10 kHz offset frequencies, respectively. Compared to current results obtained in a state-of-the-art CPT-based frequency standard developed at LNE-SYRTE, this represents an improvement of 8 dB and 10 dB at f = 166 Hz and f = 10 kHz, respectively. With such performances, the expected Dick effect contribution to the atomic clock short term frequency stability is reported at a level of 6.2 × 10−14 at 1 s integration time, that is a factor 3 higher than the atomic clock shot noise limit. Main limitations are pointed out

  14. Atomic Clocks with Suppressed Blackbody Radiation Shift

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    We develop a concept of atomic clocks where the blackbody radiation shift and its fluctuations can be suppressed by 1-3 orders of magnitude independent of the environmental temperature. The suppression is based on the fact that in a system with two accessible clock transitions (with frequencies ν1 and ν2) which are exposed to the same thermal environment, there exists a 'synthetic' frequency νsyn ∝ (ν1-ε12ν2) largely immune to the blackbody radiation shift. For example, in the case of 171Yb+ it is possible to create a synthetic-frequency-based clock in which the fractional blackbody radiation shift can be suppressed to the level of 10-18 in a broad interval near room temperature (300±15 K). We also propose a realization of our method with the use of an optical frequency comb generator stabilized to both frequencies ν1 and ν2, where the frequency νsyn is generated as one of the components of the comb spectrum.

  15. High-Q Bandpass Comb Filter for Mains Interference Extraction

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a simple digital high-Q bandpass comb filter for power-line (PL or other periodical interference extraction. The filter concept relies on a correlated signal average resulting in alternating constructive and destructive spectrum interference i.e. the so-called comb frequency response. The presented filter is evaluated by Matlab simulations with real ECG signal contaminated with low amplitude PL interference. The made simulations show that this filter accurately extract the PL interference. It has high-Q notches only at PL odd harmonics and is appropriate for extraction of any kind of odd harmonic interference including rectangular shape. The filter is suitable for real-time operation with popular low-cost microcontrollers.

  16. Dispersion engineered high-Q silicon Nitride Ring-Resonators via Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Riemensberger, Johann; Herr, Tobias; Brasch, Victor; Holzwarth, Ronald; Kippenberg, Tobias J

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate dispersion engineering of integrated silicon nitride based ring resonators through conformal coating with hafnium dioxide deposited on top of the structures via atomic layer deposition (ALD). Both, magnitude and bandwidth of anomalous dispersion can be significantly increased. All results are confirmed by high resolution frequency-comb-assisted-diode-laser spectroscopy and are in very good agreement with the simulated modification of the mode spectrum.

  17. Absolute frequency measurement of the magnesium intercombination transition $^1S_0 \\to ^3P_1$

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    Friebe, Jan; Pape, André; Riedmann, Matthias; Moldenhauer, Karsten; Mehlstäubler, Tanja; Rehbein, Nils; Lisdat, Christian; Rasel, Ernst M.; Ertmer, Wolfgang; Schnatz, Harald; Lipphardt, Burghard; Grosche, Gesine

    2007-01-01

    We report on a frequency measurement of the $(3s^2)^1S_0\\to(3s3p)^3P_1$ clock transition of $^{24}$Mg on a thermal atomic beam. The intercombination transition has been referenced to a portable primary Cs frequency standard with the help of a femtosecond fiber laser frequency comb. The achieved uncertainty is $2.5\\times10^{-12}$ which corresponds to an increase in accuracy of six orders of magnitude compared to previous results. The measured frequency value permits the calculation of several ...

  18. Microresonator Soliton Dual-Comb Spectroscopy

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    Suh, Myoung-Gyun; Yang, Ki Youl; Yi, Xu; Vahala, Kerry

    2016-01-01

    Rapid characterization of optical and vibrational spectra with high resolution can identify species in cluttered environments and is important for assays and early alerts. In this regard, dual-comb spectroscopy has emerged as a powerful approach to acquire nearly instantaneous Raman and optical spectra with unprecedented resolution. Spectra are generated directly in the electrical domain and avoid bulky mechanical spectrometers. Recently, a miniature soliton-based comb has emerged that can potentially transfer the dual-comb method to a chip platform. Unlike earlier microcombs, these new devices achieve high-coherence, pulsed mode locking. They generate broad, reproducible spectral envelopes, which is essential for dual-comb spectroscopy. Here, dual-comb spectroscopy is demonstrated using these devices. This work shows the potential for integrated, high signal-to-noise spectroscopy with fast acquisition rates.

  19. Comment on: "Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency?"

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    Hohensee, Michael A.; Chu, Steven; Peters, Achim; Mueller, Holger

    2011-01-01

    We show that Wolf et al.'s 2011 analysis in Class. Quant. Grav. v28, 145017 does not support their conclusions, in particular that there is "no redshift effect" in atom interferometers except in inconsistent dual Lagrangian formalisms. Wolf et al. misapply both Schiff's conjecture and the results of their own analysis when they conclude that atom interferometers are tests of the weak equivalence principle which only become redshift tests if Schiff's conjecture is invalid. Atom interferometers...

  20. Precision measurement of transverse velocity distribution of a Strontium atomic beam

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    Gao, F; Xu, P; Tian, X; Wang, Y; Ren, J; Wu, Haibin; Chang, Hong

    2013-01-01

    We measure precisely the transverse velocity distribution in a thermal Sr atomic beam with a velocity selective saturated fluorescence spectroscopy. By using the ultrastable laser system and narrow intercombination transition line of Sr atoms, the resolution of the velocity measured can be reached 0.13m/s, corresponding to 90$\\mu K$ in energy unit. The experimental results are agreement very well with a theoretical calculation. With the spectroscopic techniques, the absolute frequency of the intercombination transition of $^{88}$Sr is measured by an optical-frequency comb generator referenced to the SI second through an H maser, which is given by 434 829 121 318(10)kHz.

  1. Compton scattering of energetic photons by light atoms in the presence of a low-frequency electromagnetic field

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    We consider the influence of a weak low-frequency electromagnetic field on Compton scattering of a high-energy photon by an electron which is initially bound in the ground state of a light atomic target. It is shown that this influence can be very substantial for the Compton scattering with a large (on the target scale) momentum transfer to the target when the electron, as a result of the scattering, makes a transition into a high-energy continuum state. It follows from our consideration that a weak low-frequency field can pronouncedly modify both spectra of emitted electrons and those of outgoing high-frequency photons. The modification of the latter spectra means that in the bound-free Compton scattering on a light target a high-energy photon can be indirectly, but rather effectively, coupled to a weak low-frequency field, using the target electron as a mediator

  2. Frequency characteristics of a nuclear spin maser for the search for the electric dipole moment of 129Xe atom

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    Inoue, T.; Tsuchiya, M.; Furukawa, T.; Hayashi, H.; Nanao, T.; Yoshimi, A.; Uchida, M.; Matsuo, Y.; Asahi, K.

    2011-01-01

    Frequency characteristics of a 129Xe nuclear spin maser was studied, which is under development at Tokyo Institute of Technology for the search for a permanent electric dipole moment in diamagnetic 129Xe atom. Drifts in the solenoid current and cell temperature were found to be the most influential factors on the maser frequency. From correlation coefficient analysis, there seem to exist other origins of frequency fluctuation, such as phase drifts in the maser oscillation. In order to improve the stability of the maser frequency, the intensity of the pumping laser required to fully polarize 129Xe nuclei was evaluated. Construction of a polarization assessment system for 129Xe gas cells and development of a new scheme of current stabilization are also remarked.

  3. Precision Spectroscopy of Atomic Hydrogen and the Proton Size Puzzle

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    Udem, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    Precise determination of transition frequencies of simple atomic systems are required for a number of fundamental applications such as tests of quantum electrodynamics (QED), the determination of fundamental constants and nuclear charge radii. The sharpest transition in atomic hydrogen occurs between the metastable 2S state and the 1S ground state. Its transition frequency has now been measured with almost 15 digits accuracy using an optical frequency comb and a cesium atomic clock as a reference. A recent measurement of the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen is in significant contradiction to the hydrogen data if QED calculations are assumed to be correct. We hope to contribute to the resolution of this so called `proton size puzzle' by providing additional experimental input from the hydrogen side.

  4. Frequency chain to measure the 2S-8S/8D transitions in atomic hydrogen: measurement of the Rydberg constant in frequency unit

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    The aim of this thesis is to make a pure measurement of the frequency of the 2S-8S/8D two-photon transition in atomic hydrogen. In that purpose we have built a frequency chain in which hydrogen frequencies are compared with the difference of two optical standards, the methane stabilized He-Ne laser (3.39 μm) and the iodine stabilized He-Ne laser (633 nm). The radiation from a home made Ti-sapphire laser (TS2) at 778 nm is mixed, in a LiIO3 crystal, with the one of a auxiliary He-Ne laser at 3.39 μm to produce a synthesized radiation at 633 nm. The frequency of the Ti-sapphire (TS1) laser used for the two photon excitation is 89 GHz away from the one of TS2. To compare these two lasers, we have used a Schottky diode. The two lasers and a microwave radiation at 89 GHz, produced by a Gunn diode, are focused on the Schottky diode. The Gunn diode is phase locked on an ultra-stable quartz oscillator. In this way, we have linked an optical frequency of atomic hydrogen to the cesium clock without interferometry. From our measurements, we have deduced a new value of the Rydberg constant: R∞ equals 109737.3156834 (24) cm-1 with an uncertainty of 2.2 10-11. Our uncertainty is near the one of the Q.E.D calculations giving the theoretical values of the energy levels. This value, which is currently the most precise available, is in good agreement with the recent result obtained from the 1S-2S and 2S-4D transitions. (author)

  5. A new time-frequency method to reveal quantum dynamics of atomic hydrogen in intense laser pulses: Synchrosqueezing transform

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    This study introduces a new adaptive time-frequency (TF) analysis technique, the synchrosqueezing transform (SST), to explore the dynamics of a laser-driven hydrogen atom at an ab initio level, upon which we have demonstrated its versatility as a new viable venue for further exploring quantum dynamics. For a signal composed of oscillatory components which can be characterized by instantaneous frequency, the SST enables rendering the decomposed signal based on the phase information inherited in the linear TF representation with mathematical support. Compared with the classical type of TF methods, the SST clearly depicts several intrinsic quantum dynamical processes such as selection rules, AC Stark effects, and high harmonic generation

  6. Origin and stability of dark pulse Kerr combs in normal dispersion resonators

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    Parra-Rivas, Pedro; Knobloch, Edgar; Coen, Stéphane; Gelens, Lendert

    2016-01-01

    We analyze dark pulse Kerr frequency combs in optical resonators with normal group-velocity dispersion using the Lugiato-Lefever model. We show that in the time domain these correspond to interlocked switching waves between the upper and lower homogeneous states, and explain how this fact accounts for many of their experimentally observed properties. Modulational instability does not play any role in their existence. Furthermore, we provide a detailed map indicating where stable dark pulse Kerr combs can be found in parameter space, and how they are destabilized for increasing values of frequency detuning.

  7. Origin and stability of dark pulse Kerr combs in normal dispersion resonators

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    Parra-Rivas, Pedro; Gomila, Damià; Knobloch, Edgar; Coen, Stéphane; Gelens, Lendert

    2016-06-01

    We analyze dark pulse Kerr frequency combs in optical resonators with normal group-velocity dispersion using the Lugiato-Lefever model. We show that in the time domain these correspond to interlocked switching waves between the upper and lower homogeneous states, and explain how this fact accounts for many of their experimentally observed properties. Modulational instability does not play any role in their existence. Furthermore, we provide a detailed map indicating where stable dark pulse Kerr combs can be found in parameter space, and how they are destabilized for increasing values of frequency detuning.

  8. Application of the Molecular Combing Technique to Starch Granules

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    Zhong-Dong Liu

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The molecular combing technique was used to dissociate the nanostructural units of starch granules from the starch fragments after a gelatinization process. With the help of atomic force microscopy (AFM, we observed that some nanostructural chains were just flowing out of the granules. It proves that there are substantive nanostructural units in the starch granules, a phenomenon not previously observed, so these nanostructural units were defined as suspected intermediates. Furthermore, we conclude that blocklets of starch granules are formed through twisting or distortion of nanochains.

  9. Effect of high frequency electrocoagulation by ultrafine-needle on the cutaneous capillary hemangiomas:a preliminary study on cock combs%小针高频电凝损伤鸡冠毛细血管的初步研究

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    马珂; 陈石海; 刘庆丰; 韦强; 廖明德; 于海生

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the injury effect of high frequency electrocoagulation(HFE)by ultrafine-needle on the cutaneous capillary hemangiomas by hispathologic study of cock comb. Methods 32 male cocks were randomly divided into 4 groups with 8 animals in each group. 3 experimental groups received HFE with different power (6W, 8W, 10W) on the cock comb. Specimens were taken from cock combs for histologic study immediately after treatment and 7, 14, 21, 28 days later. Results After teatment, the cock combs turned pale and followed with scar formation. The shape of combs changed a lot after high power treatment. Immediately after treatment, the capillary number in the experimental groups decreased markedly under light microscope, compared with that in control group( P<0. 05 =. After that,the capillary number in experimental group increased. 7 days after treatment, the capillary number in experimental groups was still significantly lower than that in control groups (P<0. 01 =, but not markedly different between the three experiment groups( P>0.05 ). Collagen formation also increased after treatment ( P<0. 05 =, which was higher in experimental groups with high power( P<0. 05, correlation coefficient r>0. 5=. Conclusions HFE with ultrafine needle can effectively decrease the capillary number in cock comb. The 6W treatment is mini-invasive and will not destroy the comb shape with good cosmetic results.The technique may be used for the treatment of cutaneous capillary hemangioma.%目的 以鸡冠作为皮肤毛细血管瘤的动物模型,观察不同功率小针高频电凝治疗后鸡冠的病理学变化,探讨该法损伤鸡冠毛细血管的功率选择. 方法 32只雄性莱亨鸡随机分成4组,每组8只动物:1个空白对照组和3个实验组,实验各组在相同条件下,分别给予不同功率的小针高频电凝,即6 W组、8 W组和10 W组.观察鸡冠外观,并从电凝后即刻、术后7、14、21、28 d 5个时间点切取鸡

  10. Frequency shift due to blackbody radiation in a cesium atomic fountain and improvement of the clock performances

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    FO1 was the first caesium fountain primary frequency standard in the world. The most recent evaluation in 2002 before improvement reached an accuracy of 1*10-15 when operated with optical molasses. Working as an extremely precise and stable instrument, FO1 has contributed to fundamental physics and technical measurements: - Frequency comparison between Cs and Rb fountains over an interval of 5 years sets an upper limit for a possible variation of the fine structure constant as |alpha/alpha| -15/y. The resolution is about 5 times better than the previous test in our laboratory. The projected accuracy of the space clock PHARAO is 1*10-16. We confirmed its Ramsey cavity performance by testing the phase difference between the two interaction zones in FO1. The measured temperature T dependent frequency shift of the Cs clock induced by the blackbody radiation field is given as nu(T)=154(6)*10-6*(T/300)4[1+ε(T/300)2] Hz with the theoretical value ε = 0,014. The obtained accuracy represents a 3 times improvement over the previous measurement by the PTB group. Some improvements have been carried out on FO1. The new FO1 version works directly with optical molasses loaded by a laser slowed atomic beam. The application of the adiabatic passage method to perform the state selection allows us to determine the atom number dependent frequency shifts due to the cold collision and cavity pulling effects at a level of of 10-16. Recently, the obtained frequency stability is 2,8*10-14*τ-1/2 for about 4*106 detected atoms. The accuracy is currently under evaluation, the expected value is a few times 10-16. (author)

  11. Atomic physics precise measurements and ultracold matter

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    Inguscio, Massimo

    2013-01-01

    Atomic Physics provides an expert guide to two spectacular new landscapes in physics: precision measurements, which have been revolutionized by the advent of the optical frequency comb, and atomic physics, which has been revolutionized by laser cooling. These advances are not incremental but transformative: they have generated a consilience between atomic and many-body physics, precipitated an explosion of scientific and technological applications, opened new areas of research, and attracted a brilliant generation of younger scientists. The research is advancing so rapidly, the barrage of applications is so dazzling, that students can be bewildered. For both students and experienced scientists, this book provides an invaluable description of basic principles, experimental methods, and scientific applications.

  12. Fluctuations for internal DLA on the Comb

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    Asselah, Amine; Rahmani, Houda

    2013-01-01

    We study internal diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) on the two dimensional comb lattice. The comb lattice is a spanning tree of the euclidean lattice, and internal DLA is a random growth model, where simple random walks, starting one at a time at the origin of the comb, stop when reaching the first unoccupied site. An asymptotic shape is suggested by a lower bound of Huss and Sava. We show that fluctuations with respect to this shape are gaussian as in the one-dimensional lattice.

  13. Single envelope equation modelling of multi-octave comb arrays in microresonators with quadratic and cubic nonlinearity

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    Hansson, T; Erkintalo, M; Anthony, J; Coen, S; Ricciardi, I; De Rosa, M; Wabnitz, S

    2016-01-01

    We numerically study, by means of the single envelope equation, the generation of optical frequency combs ranging from the visible to the mid-infrared spectral regions in resonators with quadratic and cubic nonlinearities. Phase-matched quadratic wave-mixing processes among the comb lines can be activated by low-power continuous wave pumping in the near infrared of a radially poled lithium niobate whispering gallery resonator (WGR). We examine both separate and co-existing intra-cavity doubly resonant second-harmonic generation and parametric oscillation processes, and find that modulation instabilities may lead to the formation of coupled comb arrays extending over multiple octaves. In the temporal domain, the frequency combs may correspond to pulse trains, or isolated pulses.

  14. Resonance effects in the spectral lines of the hydrogen atom under the combined action of constant and high-frequency harmonic electric field of the atom

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    The wave functions of the hydrogen atom and shape of the Lα and Lβ spectral lines in an electric field ED(t)=E-vectorconst+E cos(Ωt+φ) are calculated for Ω >> CE (C=3ean/2ℎ is the Stark effect constant, n is the principal quantum number and a the Bohr radius). For CEconst-Ω >> CE sinθ (θ is the angle between E and E-vectorconst) the principal Stark components relating to splitting of the upper energy level by a stationary field E-vectorconst are present in the lines as well as weaker satellites which are separated from the principal components by a frequency which is an integer of Ω. For CEconst → Ω the principal components approach the satellite group. However, for CEconst-Ω < or approx. CE sinθ, θ ≠0, approaching components repel each other and do not intersect with other ones. In this case the sattelite intensities are amplified in a resonant manner and become of the same order of magnitude as the intensities of the principal components. The results obtained may be of interest for atomic physics, plasma physics and atomic spectroscopy

  15. Comparison between power-law rheological parameters of living cells in frequency and time domains measured by atomic force microscopy

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    Takahashi, Ryosuke; Okajima, Takaharu

    2016-08-01

    We investigated how stress relaxation mapping is quantified compared with the force modulation mapping of confluent epithelial cells using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Using a multi-frequency AFM technique, we estimated the power-law rheological behaviors of cells simultaneously in time and frequency domains. When the power-law exponent α was low ( 0.1), α in the time domain was underestimated relative to that in the frequency domain, and the difference increased with α, whereas the cell modulus was overestimated in the time domain. These results indicate that power-law rheological parameters estimated by stress relaxation are sensitive to lag time during initial indentation, which is inevitable in time-domain AFM experiments.

  16. Synthesis and Properties of Star-Comb Polymers and Their Doxorubicin Conjugates

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    Chen, Bo; van der Poll, Derek G.; Jerger, Katherine; Floyd, William C.; Fréchet, Jean M.J.; Szoka, Francis C.

    2011-01-01

    We describe a six step synthesis to water soluble doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded biodegradable PEGylated star-comb polymers with favorable pharmaceutical properties by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) starting with a commercially available tripentaerythritol carrying eight reactive sites. The low polydispersity polymers degrade in a stepwise manner into lower molecular weight (MW) fragments by 15 days at 37 °C at either pH 5.0 or pH 7.4. The half-life of the star-comb polymers in blood i...

  17. Comb-Net: a high-density WDM network with centralized wavelength combs

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    Gerla, Mario; Chiaretti, Guido; Rotolo, Salvatore

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    In this paper, we propose Comb-Net, a tree PON architecture in which several laser combs at the root of the tree supply wavelengths to all stations in the PON. Namely, each station receives several wavelengths from comb laser sources located at the root of the PON, via a Comb Distribution network. It then selects (by fixed or tunable filters) some predefined or agreed upon wavelengths, and uses these as sources; i.e., it modulates them (in amplitude or phase) using an external modulator. The modulated wavelengths are then transmitted on the Multiaccess Communications network, which is separate from the Comb Distribution network. The novelty of Comb-Net is to replace the individual (fixed or tunable) lasers at the station with a set of centralized comb generators. The advantages are better stability control, lower noise and potentially lower cost since each station does not require a dedicated source. In the paper, we describe an example of Comb-Net architecture in which the Multiaccess Data network is based on a physical tree topology and on two separate virtual topologies embedded within the physical topology using WDM: a single hop topology used for circuit switched connections; and a multihop topology used for packet switched traffic. We illustrate the Comb-Net architecture with a simple case study.

  18. Experimental investigation of evaporative cooling mixture of bosonic 87Rb and fermionic 40K atoms with microwave and radio frequency radiation

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    wang Peng-Jun; xiong De-Zhi; Fu Zheng-Kun; Zhang Jing

    2011-01-01

    We investigate sympathetic cooling fermions 40K by evaporatively cooling bosonic 87Rb atoms in a magnetic trap with microwave and radio frequency induced evaporations in detail. The mixture of bosonic and fermionic atoms is Quadrupole-Ioffe-Configuration trap. Comparing microwave with radio frequency evaporatively cooling bosonic 87Rb states, which are generated in the evaporative process, gives rise to a significant loss of 40K due to inelastic collisions.Thus, the rubidium atoms populated in the |2, 1> Zeeman states should be removed in order to effectively perform sympathetically cooling 40K with the evaporatively cooled 87Rb atoms.

  19. Fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on waveguide comb optical filter

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    A novel fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on a standard spectrometer and a double metal-cladding waveguide comb optical filter (WCOF) is proposed and demonstrated. By using the WCOF device, a wide-spectrum beam is comb-filtered, which is very suitable for spectrometer wavelength calibration. The influence of waveguide filter’s structural parameters and the beam incident angle on the comb absorption peaks’ wavelength and its bandwidth are also discussed. The verification experiments were carried out in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm with satisfactory results. Comparing with the traditional wavelength calibration method based on discrete sparse atomic emission or absorption lines, the new method has some advantages: sufficient calibration data, high accuracy, short calibration time, fit for produce process, stability, etc

  20. Atomic transition frequencies, isotope shifts, and sensitivity to variation of the fine structure constant for studies of quasar absorption spectra

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    Berengut, J C; Flambaum, V V; King, J A; Kozlov, M G; Murphy, M T; Webb, J K

    2010-01-01

    Theories unifying gravity with other interactions suggest spatial and temporal variation of fundamental "constants" in the Universe. A change in the fine structure constant, alpha, could be detected via shifts in the frequencies of atomic transitions in quasar absorption systems. Recent studies using 140 absorption systems from the Keck telescope and 153 from the Very Large Telescope, suggest that alpha varies spatially. That is, in one direction on the sky alpha seems to have been smaller at the time of absorption, while in the opposite direction it seems to have been larger. To continue this study we need accurate laboratory measurements of atomic transition frequencies. The aim of this paper is to provide a compilation of transitions of importance to the search for alpha variation. They are E1 transitions to the ground state in several different atoms and ions, with wavelengths ranging from around 900 - 6000 A, and require an accuracy of better than 10^{-4} A. We discuss isotope shift measurements that are...