Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources
By Adam J. Fleisher
This is a major challenge for the pulsed laser community, where a large number of parameters can have a significant impact on experimentally achievable pulse stability. Over the next two days, researcher will discuss ways of advancing quantitative models of frequency-comb sources beyond the current models for ultrafast fiber lasers that rely on dated fluid dynamics equations.
The Incubator is hosted by the OSA and an international panel of frequency comb researchers which, in addition to Dr. Menyuk, includes Nathan Newbury (National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST), Thomas Carruthers (UMBC), Sergei Turitsyn (Aston University, United Kingdom), and Stefan Wabnitz (Universita degli Studi di Brescia, Italy).
Following opening remarks by OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan, an overview of current frequency comb generation and applications was given by Steve Cundiff (JILA, NIST and University of Colorado). Such developing fields as optical frequency metrology, optical atomic clocks, time and frequency transfer, attosecond pulse generation, precision spectroscopy, and microwave photonics all have seen significant advances over the last 15 years following the realization of phase-stable self-referenced frequency combs. Future frequency comb applications will undoubtedly benefit from improved quantitative modeling of next-generation ultrafast lasers that operate in user-defined regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, from terahertz and mid-infrared frequencies all the way to the extreme ultraviolet.
Over the next two days, participants in the OSA Incubator on Quantitative Modeling of Frequency-comb Sources will pool their collective expertise to address a variety of current development challenges faced by the ultrafast laser community. Improved quantitative modeling from first-principles equations may provide a quantum leap forward in laser physics, advances that would trickle through several branches of physics, chemistry, and medicine.
Posted: 20 November 2014 by
Adam J. Fleisher
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