Cavity-enhanced single-frequency synthesis via difference-frequency generation of mode-locked pulse trains

Year: 2005

Authors: Ferrari G., Carusotto I.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy, Université de Firenze, via N. Carrara 1, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
BEC Research and Development Center of the Istituto Nazionale de Fisica della Materia and Dipartimento di Fisca, Université di Trento, I-38050 Povo, Trento, Italy

Abstract: We show how to synthesize a cw, single-frequency optical field from the frequency-dispersed, pulsed field of a mode-locked laser. This process, which relies on difference-frequency generation in an optical cavity, is efficient and can be considered as an optical rectification. Quantitative estimates for the output power and amplitude noise properties of a realistic system are given. Possible applications to optical frequency synthesis and optical metrology are discussed. (c) 2005 Optical Society of America.

Journal/Review: JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA B: OPTICAL PHYSICS

Volume: 22 (10)      Pages from: 2115  to: 2120

KeyWords: optical frequecy comb; optical metrology; nonlinear optical conversion
DOI: 10.1364/JOSAB.22.002115

Citations: 2
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