Abstract

We report the experimental demonstration of a novel optical parametric oscillator approach to tunable optical frequency division. The beat frequency of the signal and idler subharmonic outputs of a tunable cw KTP optical parametric oscillator was phase locked to a microwave reference frequency source, which thus permitted precise determination of the output frequencies at approximately half the input pump frequency.

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[CrossRef]

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

P. Zhao, J. R. Lawall, F. M. Pipkin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 592 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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T. W Hänsch, B. Couillaud, Opt. Commun. 35, 441 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Baer, T. M.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Bierlein, J. D.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Byer, R. L.

R. C. Eckardt, C. D. Nabors, W. J. Kozlovsky, R. L. Byer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 646 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. D. Nabors, S. T. Yang, T. Day, R. L. Byer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 815 (1990).
[CrossRef]

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Couillaud, B.

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Crawford, M. K.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Day, T.

Eckardt, R. C.

Hall, J. L.

Hänsch, T. W

Hils, D.

Kobayashi, T.

B. Y. Lee, T. Kobayashi, A. Morimoto, T. Sueta, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 146.

Kozlovsky, W. J.

Lawall, J. R.

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Lee, B. Y.

B. Y. Lee, T. Kobayashi, A. Morimoto, T. Sueta, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 146.

Meschede, D.

Morimoto, A.

B. Y. Lee, T. Kobayashi, A. Morimoto, T. Sueta, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 146.

Morris, P. A.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Nabors, C. D.

Pipkin, F. M.

P. Zhao, J. R. Lawall, F. M. Pipkin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 592 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Roelofs, M. G.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Salomon, C.

Sueta, T.

B. Y. Lee, T. Kobayashi, A. Morimoto, T. Sueta, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 146.

Telle, H. R.

Wong, N. C.

Yang, S. T.

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P. Zhao, J. R. Lawall, F. M. Pipkin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 592 (1991).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Commun.

T. W Hänsch, B. Couillaud, Opt. Commun. 35, 441 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. Lett.

P. Zhao, J. R. Lawall, F. M. Pipkin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 592 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.

P. A. Morris, M. K. Crawford, M. G. Roelofs, J. D. Bierlein, T. M. Baer, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1561, 104 (1991).

Other

B. Y. Lee, T. Kobayashi, A. Morimoto, T. Sueta, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 146.

For reviews of OPO’s, see R. L. Byer, in Treatise in Quantum Electronics, H. Rabin, C. L. Tang, eds. (Academic, New York, 1973), pp. 587–702; R. G. Smith, in Advances in Lasers, A. K. Levine, A. J. DeMaria, eds. (Dekker, New York, 1976), Vol. 4.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the KTP OPO optical frequency divider with its PZT intensity servo and the E-field phase-locked loop.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Trace of demodulated signal–idler beat-note spectrum showing a 3-dB width (FWHM) that was limited by the 30-Hz resolution bandwidth of the rf spectrum analyzer (vertical scale, 10 dB/division; horizontal scale, 200 Hz/division; center frequency, 50 MHz; sweep time, 50 s).

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ν p = ν 1 + ν 2 .
ν 1 , 2 = ( ν p ± ν d ) / 2 .

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