Culminating years of research and development, Octave Photonics announces the release of the Comb-Offset Stabilization Module (COSMO), which provides a compact, convenient, and rugged solution for f-2f self-referencing a laser frequency comb. Additionally, the COSMO allows the carrier-envelope-offset (CEO) frequency to be detected with exceptionally low pulse energies, enabling frequency combs with reduced power consumption and higher repetition rates.
Simplified Comb Stabilization: Laser frequency combs are critical for building optical atomic clocks and precision spectroscopy systems. Conventional methods of stabilizing a frequency comb’s CEO frequency require considerable expertise to implement and greatly increase the size, weight, and power of the system, limiting field- and space-based applications. The COSMO is a ready-to-use module that contains a nanophotonic waveguide for supercontinuum generation, a second-harmonic generation material, and a detector, forming a compact and robust method for detecting the CEO frequency of a frequency comb.
Comb stabilization with ultra-low pulse energies: By using nanophotonic waveguides, the COSMO can detect the CEO frequency of a laser frequency comb with extraordinary low pulse energies. The COSMO can operate with as low as 120 pJ, an improvement of approximately 5 to 10x compared with previous techniques. This enables the stabilization of frequency combs with low average power and with high repetition rates.
Proven capabilities: Customers around the world are already turning to COSMO to construct their cutting-edge frequency combs. For example, projects constructing next-generation portable optical atomic clocks are using the COSMO as a key component. “The COSMO has enabled us to dramatically reduce the optical power, and ultimately the electrical power consumption, of our portable frequency combs for use in real-world applications,” reports Kevin Knabe, Director of Research and Development at Vescent Photonics.
Accessing higher repetition rates: Additionally, the COSMO facilitates the stabilization of lasers at GHz repetition rates. “Self-referencing frequency combs can be challenging and often requires very specialized know-how,” says Florian Emaury, CEO of Menhir Photonics, “The COSMO is game-changer for the field of stabilized frequency combs because we finally have a commercial CEO frequency detector that is essentially turn-key, while providing better performance than conventional fiber solutions.”
Product availability: The COSMO is available for order now. Visit the Octave Photonics webpage for more information: www.octavephotonics.com. A video about the COSMO can be viewed on the Octave Photonics YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Company: Founded in 2019, Octave Photonics is a pioneer in the development of ready-to-use devices based on nonlinear nanophotonic chips. Octave Photonics also manufactures fiber-optic-packaged devices for supercontinuum generation and electro-optic frequency combs at 5-to-30 GHz repetition rates. Octave Photonics assembles devices in their facility in Louisville, Colorado, USA.