Development and Application of the Femtosecond Frequency Comb

  1. French College of Metrology
  1. S. A. Van Den Berg1,
  2. M. Cui2,
  3. N. Bhattacharya2 and
  4. J. J. M. Braat2

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch13

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

How to Cite

French College of Metrology (2009) Development and Application of the Femtosecond Frequency Comb, in Transverse Disciplines in Metrology, ISTE, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch13

Author Information

  1. 1

    NMi van Swinden Laboratory, Thijsseweg 11, 2629 JA Delft, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Optics Research Group, Department of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781848210486

Online ISBN: 9780470611371



  • correlation function;
  • frequency measurement;
  • oscillator;
  • interferometer;
  • multi-wavelength


An optical frequency comb has been built at NMi van Swinden Laboratory. The first application is the realization of the coupling from the meter to the second. This is accomplished by measuring the frequency of an iodine-stabilized helium-neon laser (our primary length standard) directly with respect to our time standard. The second application that will be discussed is the use of the frequency comb as an advanced white light source for measurement of long distances.