10 kHz accuracy of an optical frequency reference based on (C2H2)-C-12-filled large-core kagome photonic crystal fibers

K Knabe, S Wu, J K Lim, K A Tillman, P S Light, F Couny, N Wheeler, R Thapa, A M Jones, J W Nicholson, B R Washburn, F Benabid, K L Corwin

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Abstract

Saturated absorption spectroscopy reveals the narrowest features so far in molecular gas-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber. The 48-68 mu m core diameter of the kagome-structured fiber used here allows for 8 MHz full-width half-maximum sub-Doppler features, and its wavelength-insensitive transmission is suitable for high-accuracy frequency measurements. A fiber laser is locked to the (C2H2)-C-12 nu(1) + nu(3) P(13) transition inside kagome fiber, and compared with frequency combs based on both a carbon nanotube fiber laser and a Cr:forsterite laser, each of which are referenced to a GPS-disciplined Rb oscillator. The absolute frequency of the measured line center agrees with those measured in power build-up cavities to within 9.3 kHz (1 sigma error), and the fractional frequency instability is less than 1.2 x 10(-11) at 1 s averaging time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16017-16026
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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