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Kerr-lens, mode-locked lasers as transfer oscillators for optical frequency measurements

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Abstract.

We introduce a novel concept for optical frequency measurement and division which employs a Kerr-lens, mode-locked laser as a transfer oscillator whose noise properties do not enter the measurement process. We experimentally demonstrate that this method opens up the route to phase-link signals with arbitrary frequencies in the optical or microwave range while their frequency stability is preserved.

Received: 23 July 2001 / Published online: 29 November 2001