Applied Physics B

, Volume 96, Issue 2–3, pp 251–256

Fabry–Pérot filter cavities for wide-spaced frequency combs with large spectral bandwidth

  • T. Steinmetz
  • T. Wilken
  • C. Araujo-Hauck
  • R. Holzwarth
  • T. W. Hänsch
  • T. Udem
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Abstract

We use low-finesse Fabry–Pérot cavities in series to generate frequency combs with a large mode spacing in a way that allows its application to a large optical bandwidth. The attenuation of laser modes closest to the pass bands of the cavity exceeds 70 dB for a filter ratio of m=20 relative to the resonant modes centered within the pass bands. We also identify the best cavity geometry to suppress spurious transmission of higher order transversal modes. Such a thinned out frequency comb can be used to calibrate traditional spectrographs for precision astronomy. In the time domain mode filtering generates a pulse train with a multiplied repetition rate. High-fidelity filtering, as described here, implies small variations of the pulse energies.

PACS

42.60.Da 42.60.Fc 42.62.Eh 95.10.Jk 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Steinmetz
    • 1
    • 3
  • T. Wilken
    • 1
  • C. Araujo-Hauck
    • 2
  • R. Holzwarth
    • 1
    • 3
  • T. W. Hänsch
    • 1
  • T. Udem
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.European Southern ObservatoryGarchingGermany
  3. 3.Menlo Systems GmbHMartinsriedGermany

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