Abstract

We obtain a heterodyne beat signal between an iodine-stabilized He–Ne laser at 633 nm and a low power comb mode of an optical frequency synthesizer with an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) up to 35  dB. This is accomplished by the adoption of a fiber coupler and the reduction of the shot noise induced by adjacent comb modes. SNR is improved more than 15 dB compared with that of conventional methods. We measure the absolute frequency of the He–Ne laser mentioned above directly utilizing the enhanced SNR. A quantitative analysis of SNR and some information on experimental criteria for the correct frequency counting are given.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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