Novel optical frequency comb technology demonstrator for space

T. P. Lamour*, F. Ye, O. Mandel, R. A. McCracken, J. Krauser, D. T. Reid, D. Weise

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With this work, we present a new class of diode pumped solid-state based optical frequency comb (OFC) technology based on a Kerr-lens modelocked oscillator, which possesses robust self-starting capabilities. By combining this novel technology together with Airbus’ capabilities of building highly stable, bonded optical space instruments, a preliminary optics module is demonstrated that produces sub-150-fs pulses with a repetition rate of 1.51 GHz, an output power of 12 mW and a central wavelength of 1078 nm with a bandwidth of 9.1 nm. This novel technology is presented for the first time to provide some preliminary results and to show the capability of the technology. Operation has so far been demonstrated for tens of hours without performance degradation and it is expected to be significantly less sensitive against radiation than fibre based OFCs. All these features are packed in a mechanically robust and small micro-optical package, with the clear aim to deliver a compact solution fully suitable for space applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2020
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021
Event2020 International Conference on Space Optics - Virtual, Online
Duration: 30 Mar 20212 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference2020 International Conference on Space Optics
Abbreviated titleICSO 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Frequency Comb
  • Frequency Reference
  • Laser
  • Metrology
  • Microwave
  • Supercontinuum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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