Abstract

A reduction of more than 20 dB of the intensity noise at the antiphase relaxation oscillation frequency is experimentally demonstrated in a two-polarization dual-frequency solid-state laser without any optical or electronic feedback loop. Such behavior is inherently obtained by aligning the two orthogonally polarized oscillating modes with the crystallographic axes of a (100)-cut neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet active medium. The antiphase noise level is shown to increase as soon as one departs from this peculiar configuration, evidencing the predominant role of the nonlinear coupling constant. This experimental demonstration opens new perspectives on the design and realization of extremely low-noise dual-frequency solid-state lasers.

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M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
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P. Nerin, P. Puget, P. Besesty, and G. Chartier, Electron. Lett. 33, 491 (1997).
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G. Baili, L. Morvan, M. Alouini, D. Dolfi, F. Bretenaker, I. Sagnes, and A. Garnache, Opt. Lett. 34, 3421 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, M. Vallet, and A. Le Floch, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 10, 1554(1998).
[CrossRef]

Brunel, M.

G. Pillet, L. Morvan, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, D. Dolfi, M. Vallet, J. P. Huignard, and A. Le Floch, J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 2764 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, M. Vallet, and A. Le Floch, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 10, 1554(1998).
[CrossRef]

Chartier, G.

P. Nerin, P. Puget, P. Besesty, and G. Chartier, Electron. Lett. 33, 491 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Dalgliesh, R.

R. Dalgliesh, A. D. May, and G. Stéphan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1493 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Dawes, J. M.

A. McKay and J. M. Dawes, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 480 (2009).
[CrossRef]

A. McKay, J. M. Dawes, and J. D. Park, Opt. Express 15, 16342 (2007).
[CrossRef]

de Geronimo, G.

Derozier, D.

K. Otsuka, P. Mandel, S. Bielawski, D. Derozier, and P. Glorieux, Phys. Rev. A 46, 1692 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Di Bin, P.

M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Dolfi, D.

Du, W.

W. Du, S. Zhang, and Y. Li, Opt. Laser Eng. 43, 1214(2005).
[CrossRef]

Feugnet, G.

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Garnache, A.

Glorieux, P.

K. Otsuka, P. Mandel, S. Bielawski, D. Derozier, and P. Glorieux, Phys. Rev. A 46, 1692 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Goldwasser, S. M.

L. Yifei, J. C. Amarildo, S. M. Goldwasser, and P. R. Herczfeld, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 49, 2048 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Herczfeld, P. R.

L. Yifei, J. C. Amarildo, S. M. Goldwasser, and P. R. Herczfeld, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 49, 2048 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Huignard, J. P.

Kubota, S.

Laporta, P.

Le Floch, A.

G. Pillet, L. Morvan, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, D. Dolfi, M. Vallet, J. P. Huignard, and A. Le Floch, J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 2764 (2008).
[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, M. Vallet, and A. Le Floch, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 10, 1554(1998).
[CrossRef]

Li, Y.

W. Du, S. Zhang, and Y. Li, Opt. Laser Eng. 43, 1214(2005).
[CrossRef]

Mandel, P.

K. Otsuka, P. Mandel, S. Bielawski, D. Derozier, and P. Glorieux, Phys. Rev. A 46, 1692 (1992).
[CrossRef]

May, A. D.

R. Dalgliesh, A. D. May, and G. Stéphan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1493 (1998).
[CrossRef]

McKay, A.

A. McKay and J. M. Dawes, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 480 (2009).
[CrossRef]

A. McKay, J. M. Dawes, and J. D. Park, Opt. Express 15, 16342 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Morvan, L.

Nerin, P.

P. Nerin, P. Puget, P. Besesty, and G. Chartier, Electron. Lett. 33, 491 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Oka, M.

Otsuka, K.

K. Otsuka, P. Mandel, S. Bielawski, D. Derozier, and P. Glorieux, Phys. Rev. A 46, 1692 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Park, J. D.

Pillet, G.

Pocholle, J. P.

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Puget, P.

P. Nerin, P. Puget, P. Besesty, and G. Chartier, Electron. Lett. 33, 491 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Rebut, M.

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Sagnes, I.

Schwartz, S.

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Stéphan, G.

R. Dalgliesh, A. D. May, and G. Stéphan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1493 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Svelto, O.

Taccheo, S.

Thony, P.

M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Vallet, M.

G. Pillet, L. Morvan, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, D. Dolfi, M. Vallet, J. P. Huignard, and A. Le Floch, J. Lightwave Technol. 26, 2764 (2008).
[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, M. Vallet, and A. Le Floch, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 10, 1554(1998).
[CrossRef]

Wang, R.

R. Wang and L. Yifei, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 1214 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Yifei, L.

R. Wang and L. Yifei, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 1214 (2009).
[CrossRef]

L. Yifei, J. C. Amarildo, S. M. Goldwasser, and P. R. Herczfeld, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 49, 2048 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, S.

W. Du, S. Zhang, and Y. Li, Opt. Laser Eng. 43, 1214(2005).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

P. Nerin, P. Puget, P. Besesty, and G. Chartier, Electron. Lett. 33, 491 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

R. Dalgliesh, A. D. May, and G. Stéphan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 1493 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. (3)

A. McKay and J. M. Dawes, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 480 (2009).
[CrossRef]

R. Wang and L. Yifei, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 21, 1214 (2009).
[CrossRef]

M. Alouini, M. Brunel, F. Bretenaker, M. Vallet, and A. Le Floch, IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 10, 1554(1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. (1)

M. Alouini, B. Benazet, M. Vallet, M. Brunel, P. Di Bin, F. Bretenaker, A. Le Floch, and P. Thony, IEEE Photonics. Technol. Lett. 13, 367 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. (1)

L. Yifei, J. C. Amarildo, S. M. Goldwasser, and P. R. Herczfeld, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 49, 2048 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Laser Eng. (1)

W. Du, S. Zhang, and Y. Li, Opt. Laser Eng. 43, 1214(2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. A (2)

S. Schwartz, G. Feugnet, M. Rebut, F. Bretenaker, and J. P. Pocholle, Phys. Rev. A 79, 063814 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. Otsuka, P. Mandel, S. Bielawski, D. Derozier, and P. Glorieux, Phys. Rev. A 46, 1692 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Experimental setup. QWP, quarter-wave plate; HWP, half-wave plate; BS, beam splitter. (b) α is the angle between the x eigenpolarization direction and the (001) crystallographic axis of the Nd:YAG crystal. (c) Optical spectrum observed with a Fabry–Perot interferometer and showing single longitudinal mode operation for each polarization state. FSR, free spectral range.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) RIN spectra for the x-polarized mode only for different values of α (ESA resolution bandwidth, 200 Hz; video bandwidth, 200 Hz). (b) Evolution of the amplitude of the antiphase peak versus α. Dashed line, noise floor level below which the antiphase peak is no longer measurable. The inset shows the evolution of the intensity ratio of two orthogonal modes versus α.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

RIN spectra for different HWP orientations β when the eigenpolarizations are oriented along the crystallographic axes of the Nd:YAG crystal. ESA resolution bandwidth, 200 Hz; video bandwidth, 200 Hz.

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