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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Aug 5;107(6):063901. Epub 2011 Aug 1.

Octave spanning tunable frequency comb from a microresonator.

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Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany.


We report the generation of an octave-spanning optical frequency comb in a continuous wave laser pumped microresonator. The generated comb spectrum covers the wavelength range from 990 to 2170 nm without relying on additional external broadening. Continuous tunability of the generated frequency comb over more than an entire free spectral range is demonstrated. Moreover, the linewidth of individual optical comb components and its relation to the pump laser phase noise is studied. The ability to derive octave-spanning spectra from microresonator comb generators represents a key step towards f-2f self-referencing of microresonator-based optical frequency combs.

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