Abstract

An optical divide-by-3 system has been developed to phase lock a diode-pumped Tm:YAG laser at 148 THz (2022 nm) to a frequency near 1/3 that of an ultrastable diode laser system at 445 THz (674 nm). The 148-THz radiation is frequency doubled in angle-tuned AgGaS<sub>2</sub> and frequency differenced with the 445-THz radiation in noncritically phase-matched LiNbO<sub>3</sub> , generating two signals at 297 THz, which are mixed on a photodiode. An electronic servo system is used to control the frequency of the Tm:YAG laser and to phase lock it to the visible diode laser output. Phase-locking periods of several minutes are routinely obtained.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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