Abstract

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 2×10-13 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 105 compared with its best previous measurement.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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