Traceability of laser Frequency Calibrations at MIKES

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    Abstract

    We describe the traceability chain of length measurements at Centre for Metrology and Accreditation (MIKES) from atomic clocks to the lasers of primary interferometers. Crucial part of the traceability chain, an optical frequency comb generator linking optical frequencies to atomic clocks, is described in detail. The frequency comb generator is used in frequency calibrations of iodine-stabilized lasers, which are operated in compliance with the recommendations of the Practical Realization of the Definition of the Meter. Measured absolute frequencies of iodine-stabilized lasers, time records of the measurements, and the respective Allan deviations demonstrate the solid performance of the MIKES laser frequency standards. The results are in good agreement with the recommended values, as well as with the independent characterizations of the measured lasers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)500-504
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
    Volume56
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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