Abstract

Phase coherently linking optical-to-radio frequencies with femtosecond mode-locked laser frequency combs has enabled counting the cycles of light and is the basis of optical clocks, absolute frequency synthesis, tests of fundamental physics, and improved spectroscopy. Using an optical microresonator frequency comb to establish a coherent link between optical and microwave frequencies will extend optical frequency synthesis and measurements to areas requiring compact form factor, on-chip integration, and comb line spacing in the microwave regime, including coherent telecommunications, astrophysical spectrometer calibration, or microwave photonics. Here we demonstrate a microwave-to-optical link with a microresonator. By using a temporal dissipative single soliton state in an ultrahigh-Q crystalline microresonator that is broadened in highly nonlinear fiber, an optical frequency comb is generated that is self-referenced, allowing us to phase coherently link a 190 THz optical carrier directly to a 14 GHz microwave frequency. Our work demonstrates that precision optical frequency measurements can be realized with compact high-Q microresonators.

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2015 (1)

A. G. Griffith, R. K. Lau, J. Cardenas, Y. Okawachi, A. Mohanty, R. Fain, Y. H. D. Lee, M. Yu, C. T. Phare, C. B. Poitras, A. L. Gaeta, and M. Lipson, “Silicon-chip mid-infrared frequency comb generation,” Nat. Commun. 6, 6299 (2015).
[Crossref]

2014 (5)

B. J. M. Hausmann, I. Bulu, V. Venkataraman, P. Deotare, and M. Lončar, “Diamond nonlinear photonics,” Nat. Photonics 8, 369–374 (2014).
[Crossref]

S. B. Papp, K. Beha, P. Del’Haye, F. Quinlan, H. Lee, K. Vahala, and S. A. Diddams, “Microresonator frequency comb optical clock,” Optica 1, 10–14 (2014).
[Crossref]

P. Del’Haye, K. Beha, S. B. Papp, and S. A. Diddams, “Self-injection locking and phase-locked states in microresonator-based optical frequency combs,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 043905 (2014).
[Crossref]

J. Pfeifle, V. Brasch, M. Lauermann, Y. Yu, D. Wegner, T. Herr, K. Hartinger, P. Schindler, J. Li, D. Hillerkuss, R. Schmogrow, C. Weimann, R. Holzwarth, W. Freude, J. Leuthold, T. J. Kippenberg, and C. Koos, “Coherent terabit communications with microresonator Kerr frequency combs,” Nat. Photonics 8, 375–380 (2014).
[Crossref]

T. Herr, V. Brasch, J. D. Jost, I. Mirgorodskiy, G. Lihachev, M. L. Gorodetsky, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Mode spectrum and temporal soliton formation in optical microresonators,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 123901 (2014).
[Crossref]

2013 (10)

S. B. Papp, P. Del’Haye, and S. A. Diddams, “Mechanical control of a microrod-resonator optical frequency comb,” Phys. Rev. X 3, 031003 (2013).

C. Y. Wang, T. Herr, P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, J. Hofer, R. Holzwarth, T. W. Hänsch, N. Picqué, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Mid-infrared optical frequency combs at 2.5  μm based on crystalline microresonators,” Nat. Commun. 4, 1345 (2013).
[Crossref]

S. Coen, H. Randle, T. Sylvestre, and M. Erkintalo, “Modeling of octave-spanning Kerr frequency combs using a generalized mean-field Lugiato-Lefever model,” Opt. Lett. 38, 37–39 (2013).
[Crossref]

M. R. E. Lamont, Y. Okawachi, and A. L. Gaeta, “Route to stabilized ultrabroadband microresonator-based frequency combs,” Opt. Lett. 38, 3478–3481 (2013).
[Crossref]

N. Hinkley, J. A. Sherman, N. B. Phillips, M. Schioppo, N. D. Lemke, K. Beloy, M. Pizzocaro, C. W. Oates, and A. D. Ludlow, “An atomic clock with 10−18 instability,” Science 341, 1215–1218 (2013).
[Crossref]

K. Saha, Y. Okawachi, B. Shim, J. S. Levy, M. A. Foster, R. Salem, A. R. Johnson, M. R. E. Lamont, M. Lipson, and A. L. Gaeta, “Modelocking and femtosecond pulse generation in chip-based frequency combs,” Opt. Express 21, 1335–1343 (2013).
[Crossref]

T. Herr, V. Brasch, J. D. Jost, C. Y. Wang, N. M. Kondratiev, M. L. Gorodetsky, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Temporal solitons in optical microresonators,” Nat. Photonics 8, 145–152 (2013).
[Crossref]

A. A. Savchenkov, D. Eliyahu, W. Liang, V. S. Ilchenko, J. Byrd, A. B. Matsko, D. Seidel, and L. Maleki, “Stabilization of a Kerr frequency comb oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 38, 2636–2638 (2013).
[Crossref]

T. Ideguchi, S. Holzner, B. Bernhardt, G. Guelachvili, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, “Coherent Raman spectro-imaging with laser frequency combs,” Nature 502, 355–358 (2013).
[Crossref]

H. Jung, C. Xiong, K. Y. Fong, X. Zhang, and H. X. Tang, “Optical frequency comb generation from aluminum nitride microring resonator,” Opt. Lett. 38, 2810–2813 (2013).
[Crossref]

2012 (4)

M. Peccianti, A. Pasquazi, Y. Park, B. E. Little, S. T. Chu, D. J. Moss, and R. Morandotti, “Demonstration of a stable ultrafast laser based on a nonlinear microcavity,” Nat. Commun. 3, 765 (2012).
[Crossref]

T. Herr, K. Hartinger, J. Riemensberger, C. Y. Wang, E. Gavartin, R. Holzwarth, M. L. Gorodetsky, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Universal formation dynamics and noise of Kerr-frequency combs in microresonators,” Nat. Photonics 6, 480–487 (2012).
[Crossref]

J. Li, H. Lee, T. Chen, and K. J. Vahala, “Low-pump-power, low-phase-noise, and microwave to millimeter-wave repetition rate operation in microcombs,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 233901 (2012).
[Crossref]

P. Grelu and N. Akhmediev, “Dissipative solitons for mode-locked lasers,” Nat. Photonics 6, 84–92 (2012).
[Crossref]

2011 (6)

P. Del’Haye, T. Herr, E. Gavartin, M. L. Gorodetsky, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Octave spanning tunable frequency comb from a microresonator,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 063901 (2011).
[Crossref]

Y. Okawachi, K. Saha, J. S. Levy, Y. H. Wen, M. Lipson, and A. L. Gaeta, “Octave-spanning frequency comb generation in a silicon nitride chip,” Opt. Lett. 36, 3398–3400 (2011).
[Crossref]

F. Ferdous, H. Miao, D. E. Leaird, K. Srinivasan, J. Wang, L. Chen, L. T. Varghese, and A. M. Weiner, “Spectral line-by-line pulse shaping of on-chip microresonator frequency combs,” Nat. Photonics 5, 770–776 (2011).
[Crossref]

M. A. Foster, J. S. Levy, O. Kuzucu, K. Saha, M. Lipson, and A. L. Gaeta, “Silicon-based monolithic optical frequency comb source,” Opt. Express 19, 14233–14239 (2011).
[Crossref]

A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, W. Liang, V. S. Ilchenko, D. Seidel, and L. Maleki, “Kerr combs with selectable central frequency,” Nat. Photonics 5, 293–296 (2011).
[Crossref]

T. J. Kippenberg, R. Holzwarth, and S. A. Diddams, “Microresonator-based optical frequency combs,” Science 332, 555–559 (2011).
[Crossref]

2010 (3)

J. Hofer, A. Schliesser, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Cavity optomechanics with ultrahigh-Q crystalline microresonators,” Phys. Rev. A 82, 031804 (2010).
[Crossref]

F. Leo, S. Coen, P. Kockaert, S.-P. P. Gorza, P. Emplit, and M. Haelterman, “Temporal cavity solitons in one-dimensional Kerr media as bits in an all-optical buffer,” Nat. Photonics 4, 471–476 (2010).
[Crossref]

Y. K. Chembo and N. Yu, “Modal expansion approach to optical-frequency-comb generation with monolithic whispering-gallery-mode resonators,” Phys. Rev. A 82, 033801 (2010).
[Crossref]

2009 (3)

A. Bartels, D. Heinecke, and S. A. Diddams, “10-GHz self-referenced optical frequency comb,” Science 326, 681 (2009).
[Crossref]

J. S. Levy, A. Gondarenko, M. A. Foster, A. C. Turner-Foster, A. L. Gaeta, and M. Lipson, “CMOS-compatible multiple-wavelength oscillator for on-chip optical interconnects,” Nat. Photonics 4, 37–40 (2009).
[Crossref]

L. Razzari, D. Duchesne, M. Ferrera, R. Morandotti, S. Chu, B. E. Little, and D. J. Moss, “CMOS-compatible integrated optical hyper-parametric oscillator,” Nat. Photonics 4, 41–45 (2009).
[Crossref]

2008 (4)

A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, V. S. Ilchenko, I. Solomatine, D. Seidel, and L. Maleki, “Tunable optical frequency comb with a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 093902 (2008).
[Crossref]

T. Steinmetz, T. Wilken, C. Araujo-Hauck, R. Holzwarth, T. W. Hänsch, L. Pasquini, A. Manescau, S. D’Odorico, M. T. Murphy, T. Kenitscher, W. Schmidt, and T. Udem, “Laser frequency combs for astronomical observations,” Science 321, 1335–1337 (2008).
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T. Rosenband, D. B. Hume, P. O. Schmidt, C. W. Chou, A. Brusch, L. Lorini, W. H. Oskay, R. E. Drullinger, T. M. Fortier, J. E. Stalnaker, S. A. Diddams, W. C. Swann, N. R. Newbury, W. M. Itano, D. J. Wineland, and J. C. Bergquist, “Frequency ratio of Al+ and Hg+ single-ion optical clocks; metrology at the 17th decimal place,” Science 319, 1808–1812 (2008).
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P. Del’Haye, O. Arcizet, A. Schliesser, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Full stabilization of a microresonator-based optical frequency comb,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 053903 (2008).
[Crossref]

2007 (1)

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, “Optical frequency comb generation from a monolithic microresonator,” Nature 450, 1214–1217 (2007).
[Crossref]

2006 (2)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Crystalline MgF 2 microresonator and temporal dissipative soliton generation. (a) Optical image of the employed ultrahigh- Q crystalline whispering gallery optical microresonators on a magnesium fluoride pillar with a diameter of several millimeters. The ultrahigh- Q whispering gallery optical modes are confined in the fabricated protrusions that extend around the circumference. The top resonator was used in the experiments and the mode of interest has a FSR of 14.0939 GHz and a loaded Q 10 9 . (b) The hyperbolic-secant shaped spectrum (fit: red dotted line) of the single temporal soliton produced inside the resonator by the CW pump laser. The inset shows the ability to resolve the microresonator comb lines on a grating-based spectrometer.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Experimental setup and 2 f 3 f microresonator self-referencing scheme. (a) The frequency domain picture showing the relevant frequency components used to self-reference the comb and to determine the carrier envelope offset frequency ( f 0 ). (b) The simplified experimental setup used for self-referencing. A portion of the solitons that are outcoupled from the resonator are sent to an OSA to measure the spectrum, then residual pump light is filtered out using fiber optic filters before a portion is picked off and sent to a photodetector (PD) to measure the repetition rate on an ESA. The pulse is first preamplified in an EDFA and then prechirped to temporally broaden it with a DCF before being amplified by a high-power EDFA. The pulse is subsequently recompressed and coupled into a HNLF where the coherent supercontinuum is generated. A fraction of the spectrum is mixed with light from the 1908 nm thulium fiber laser and sent through a 1908 nm bandpass filter to a PD and ESA to measure Δ 1908 . The same is done with the 1272 nm external cavity diode laser to measure Δ 1272 and a servo loop is used to phase lock the laser to the optical frequency comb and fix Δ 1272 where a signal from an atomic clock is used as a reference. To create the 2 f 3 f interferometer light from the 1272 nm laser is frequency doubled in a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal (PPLN) to produce light at 636 nm. Light from the 1908 nm laser is frequency doubled to 954 nm in a PPLN crystal, and subsequently combined with 1908 nm and sent through a PPLN crystal phase matched for sum frequency generation, creating light at 636 nm. The generated visible light is optically heterodyned on a PD with the frequency doubled light from the 1272 nm laser, permitting us to measure Δ 2 f 3 f on an ESA. This offset frequency is fixed by phase locking the 1908 nm laser via the 2 f 3 f interferometer. With this scheme the carrier envelope frequency is measured by recording Δ 1908 .
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. Optical spectrum of the microresonator before and after external broadening. (a) The blue trace shows the optical spectrum generated in the crystalline optical microresonator by the temporal dissipative soliton state. The large central spike originates from residual light from the pump laser. The spectrum after the supercontinuum generation is denoted in red. It is composed of data taken from two different OSAs as result of the limited bandwidth of the individual instruments. (b) Zoom into the broadened spectrum revealing the widely spaced comb lines. (c) Heterodyne beatnote of a laser at 1272 nm with the broadened comb demonstrating a SNR exceeding 40 dB in the resolution bandwidth (RBW) of 300 kHz. (d) Heterodyne beatnote at the long wavelength end of the comb at 1900 nm (RBW 100 kHz).
Fig. 4.
Fig. 4. Repetition rate and carrier envelope frequency signals of the self-referenced microresonator comb. (a) The offset frequency ( f 0 ) of the optical microresonator frequency comb divided by three as described in Eq. (7). The measured optical heterodyne beat frequency has a center frequency of 3.543 GHz and exhibits a SNR that exceeds 30 dB in a 100 kHz RBW. (b) The repetition rate f rep of the soliton in the optical microresonator with a center frequency (CF) of 14.0939 GHz and a SNR > 60 dB measured in a resolution bandwidth of 100 Hz. The large SNRs are sufficient for accurate phase tracking of the two microwave signals.

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f 1272 = n · f rep + f 0 + Δ 1272
f 1908 = m · f rep + f 0 Δ 1908 ,
2 f 1272 = 2 n · f rep + 2 f 0 + 2 Δ 1272 .
3 f 1908 = 3 m · f rep + 3 f 0 3 Δ 1908 .
Δ 2 f 3 f = 2 f 1272 3 f 1908 .
Δ 2 f 3 f = ( 2 n 3 m ) f rep f 0 3 Δ 1908 + 2 Δ 1272 .
Δ 1908 = f 0 3 .
f pump = 3 Δ 1908 + n pump · f rep ,

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