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Project description

In this project, we plan to realize and investigate an optical frequency converter that shifts the frequency of laser light by several 10 THz (> 50 nm at 1 µm wavelength). Here, 100 % of the pump photons shall be converted on the nanosecond time scale and in a single system for all wavelengths from the visible to the edge of the mid infrared. The magnitude of the frequency shift follows an applied electric voltage such that almost arbitrary temporally varying shifts can be realized by voltage modulation, e.g. linear frequency chirps. This shall be enabled by adiabatic frequency conversion. Its acoustic analog is well known: If one plugs a guitar string and varies its length during the ring-down time, the pitch of the tone changes accordingly. This concept can be transferred to optics: Here, light is coupled into a resonator and the optical size of the latter is changed during the ring-down time. The frequency of the circulating light strictly follows the one of the varying resonance frequency. This scheme for optical frequency conversion has significant advantages over conventional methods. All intracavity photons are converted, i.e. the internal efficiency is 100 %, independent of the light intensity. This process works for light at all wavelengths that can circulate in the resonator. So far, only relatively small frequency shifts of the order of 100 GHz have been realized (1 nm at 1 µm wavelength). We plan to increase this value by two orders of magnitude. This shall be achieved by employing whispering gallery resonators made of potassium tantalate niobate crystals (KTN). They possess a temperature controllable transition between a ferroelectric and a paraelectric phase. Close to this phase transition, KTN crystals have extraordinarily large electro-optic coefficients, which might pave the way for unprecedented frequency tunability.

Start/End of project

01.01.2021 until 31.12.2023

Project manager

Breunig I

Contact person

Breunig I


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