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We describe the realization of a 5 km free-space coherent optical link through the turbulent atmosphere between a telescope and a ground target. We present the phase noise of the link, limited mainly by atmospheric turbulence and mechanical vibrations of the telescope and the target. We discuss the implications of our results for applications, with(More)
Nowadays, wide range of space missions including space interferometry laser, fundamental physic tests, ranging measurement, distance changes between space aircraft and optical communication with each other or with ground reference, etc ... require powerful lasers in a compact set-up configuration with highly intrinsic frequency stability. The couple(More)
We present the results of measurement and evaluation of spectral properties of iodine absorption cells filled at certain saturation pressure. A set of cells made of borosilicate glass instead of common fused silica was tested for their spectral properties in greater detail with special care for the long-term development of the absorption media purity. The(More)
In this paper, we report on the metrological capabilities of CO (2)/OsO(4) optical frequency standards operating around 29 THz. Those frequency standards are currently involved in various fields, such as frequency metrology, high resolution spectroscopy, and Rydberg constant measurements. The most impressive features of the standards lies in the 10(-15)(More)
Type-I phase matching for second-harmonic generation at 10.6 microm in LiGaTe(2) is demonstrated by using a tunable single-frequency continuous-wave CO(2) laser, and the nonlinear coefficient of LiGaTe(2) is determined from comparison with AgGaSe(2). The effective nonlinearity of LiGaTe(2) for this process amounts to 34.5 pm/V.
We report a doubly resonant continuous-wave CO(2) laser frequency-quadrupling device that generates 200nW of 2.55-mum (4?) and as much as 2mW of 5.1-mum (2?) radiation out of 1.7-W fundamental radiation at 10.2 mum (?). The quadrupling process results from two resonant cascading second-harmonic generations by use of a walk-off-compensated twin AgGaSe(2)(More)
We report on phase locking of two continuous wave IR laser sources separated by 100 THz emitting around 1029 and 1544 nm, respectively. Our approach uses three independent harmonic generation processes of the IR laser frequencies in periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 crystals to generate second and third harmonics of those two IR sources. The beat note between(More)
We report our recent progress on detection of large frequency difference (up to 1.028 THz, Deltalambda = 2.5 nm) between two laser diodes at 852 nm, using a Schottky diode as harmonic mixer/detector. Using the 11th harmonic of a klystron operating at 93.5 GHz or the 991-GHz line of an optically pumped HCOOH far-infrared laser, we were able to observe a(More)