22 July 2016 Low cost photonic comb for sub-m/s wavelength calibration
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A fundamental limitation of precision radial velocity measurements is the accuracy and stability of the calibration source. Here we present a low-cost alternative to more complex laser metrology based systems that utilises a single-mode fibre Fabry-Perot etalon. There are three key elements on this photonic comb: i) an optical fibre etalon with thermo-electric coolers; ii) a Rubidium Saturation Absorption Spectroscopy (SAS) setup; and iii) an optical fibre switch system for simultaneous laser locking of the etalon. We simultaneously measure the Rubidium D2 transitions around 780.2 nm and the closest etalon line. A PID loop controls the etalon temperate to maintain the position of its peak with an RMS error of <10cm/s for 10 minute integration intervals in continous operation. The optical fibre switch system allows for a time multiplexed coupling of the etalon to a spectrograph and SAS system.
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Christopher H. Betters, Maxime Hermouet, Thomas Blanc, James I. Colless, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Janez Kos, Sergio Leon-Saval, "Low cost photonic comb for sub-m/s wavelength calibration", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99126Y (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233678; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233678
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