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Precise length etalon controlled by stabilized frequency comb

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The progress in the field of optical frequency standards is oriented to femtosecond mode-locked lasers stabilized by technique of the optical frequency synthesis. Such a laser produces a number of coherent frequency components in certain interval of wavelengths. If we control the mode-locked laser by means of i.e. atomic clocks we ensure very stable frequency of these components. With respect to definition of SI unit "one meter" on the basis of speed of light, the stabilized mode-locked laser can be used for implementation of this definition in a non-traditional way. In the work we present our proposal of a system, which converts excellent frequency stability of components generated by the mode-locked laser to a net of discrete absolute lengths represented by a distance of two mirrors of an optical resonator.

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Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Metrology and Testing