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A New Type of Frequency Chain and Its Application to Fundamental Frequency Metrology

  • Thomas Udem
  • Jörg Reichert
  • Ronald Holzwarth
  • Scott Diddams
  • David Jones
  • Jun Ye
  • Steven Cundiff
  • Theodor Hänsch
  • John Hall
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 570)

Abstract

A suitable femtosecond (fs) laser system can provide a broad band comb of stable optical frequencies and thus can serve as an rf/optical coherent link. In this way we have performed a direct comparison of the 1S—2S transition in atomic hydrogen at 121 nm with a cesium fountain clock, built at the LPTF/Paris, to reach an accuracy of 1.9×10-14. The same comb-line counting technique was exploited to determine and recalibrate several important optical frequency standards. In particular, the improved measurement of the Cesium D1 line is necessary for a more precise determination of the fine structure constant. In addition, several of the best-known optical frequency standards have been recalibrated via the fs method. By creating an octave-spanning frequency comb a single-laser frequency chain has been realized and tested.

Keywords

Femtosecond Laser Optical Frequency Mode Spacing Frequency Comb Optical Frequency Standard 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Udem
    • 1
  • Jörg Reichert
    • 1
  • Ronald Holzwarth
    • 1
  • Scott Diddams
    • 1
  • David Jones
    • 1
  • Jun Ye
    • 1
  • Steven Cundiff
    • 1
  • Theodor Hänsch
    • 1
  • John Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany

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