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Opt Express. 2013 Jul 29;21(15):17615-24. doi: 10.1364/OE.21.017615.

Parametric seeding of a microresonator optical frequency comb.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado 80305, USA. scott.papp@nist.gov

Abstract

We have investigated parametric seeding of a microresonator frequency comb (microcomb) by way of a pump laser with two electro-optic-modulation sidebands. We show that the pump-sideband spacing is precisely replicated throughout the microcomb's optical spectrum, and we demonstrate a record absolute line-spacing stability for microcombs of 1.6 × 10(-13) at 1 s. The spectrum of a microcomb is complex, and often non-equidistant subcombs are observed. Our results demonstrate that parametric seeding can not only control the subcombs, but can lead to the generation of a strictly equidistant microcomb spectrum.

PMID:
23938634
DOI:
10.1364/OE.21.017615
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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