Optical Frequency Comb

FC1500ULNnova Schublade komplett 2022


Advanced Features and Benefits

  • lowest phase noise of <100 mrad [100 Hz-2 MHz]
  • high bandwidth >1 MHz actuators for CEO and repetition rate
  • fully fiber-coupled CEO frequency generation
  • turnkey metrology system, fully automated including data evaluation software
  • designed for continuous operation


Comb Spacing 250 MHz
Accuracy 1 x 10-17 (τ >100 s)*
Stability 1 x 10-16 in 1 s*, 1 x 10-18 in 1000 s*, 5 x 10-13 in 1 s
Integrated Phase Noise <100 mrad [100 Hz - 2 MHz]
Line Width <1Hz* 
Tuning Range of Comb Spacing >4 MHz
Tuning Range of CEO Frequency >250 MHz
Spectral Range >25 nm (500-1050 nm with M-VIS,1050-2100 nm with M-NIR)

*Phase lock to optical reference

Phase lock to RF reference

Limited by resolution bandwidth of analyzer


The FC1500-ULNnova is Menlo System’s latest optical frequency comb synthesizer for ultimate performance. The core of the new model consists of a redesigned comb oscillator, based on the patented ultra-low-noise (ULN) figure 9® mode locking technology. The enhanced design of this so-called “nova”-oscillator results in significantly improved robustness against acoustical distortion and thermal drift. The major benefit is a reduced free running linewidth of only 15 kHz. Owing to this leap in linewidth reduction, the FC1500-ULNnova has proven to support a frequency stability on the 10-19 level* for 1 s averaging time! Ever increasing demands for stability and accuracy of time and frequency signals require improved frequency references. But even the best optical references have very limited spectral coverage. The FC1500-ULNnova overcomes these limitations by transferring the spectral purity of a stable reference to the entire wavelength range of 500-2000 nm. This unique feature enables the users to compare different (optical) frequency references, stabilize all CW lasers to one absolute frequency reference and use it as a clockwork for optical clocks. The overall frequency stability is evaluated in an out of loop comparison between two independent optical frequency combs, which is integral part of the quality check during factory acceptance of each system.

*Fractional ModADEV. Specifications regarding frequency stability will be updated soon.

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 Watch our film about applications of the FC1500-250-ULNnova here:



  • M-Mid-IR Extension Package

    Product Code: M-Mid-IR

    Extends the stabilized comb spectrum to 3.3µm with more than 200nm spectral width and > 120 mW average power via a free-space output port.

  • M-NIR Extension Package

    Product Code: M-NIR

    Extends the stabilized comb spectrum to a range of 1050 - 2100 nm with free-space output port and >200 mW average power. The measurement port can be optimized independently from the CEO frequency stabilization.

  • M-VIS Extension Package

    Product Code: M-VIS

    Extends the stabilized comb spectrum to the 500-1050 nm range with free-space output port and >100 mW average power.

  • HMP High Power Measuring Port

    Product Code: HMP

    Provides stabilized comb light with highest power at customer-defined wavelengths for high precision measurement of lasers with low power levels (<100 µW). A minimum of 3 mW average power in a 3 nm window is provided at the central wavelength specified by customer. Available for 1050 - 2100 nm (HMP-NIR), or 525 - 1050 nm (HMP-VIS). The output is fiber coupled and optional available as free space.

    For 390 - 400 nm (HMP-UV) a minimum of 1 mW average power in a 1 nm window is provided. the output is free space.

  • P250 PM PULSE EDFA Erbium-doped Fiber Amplifier

    Product Code: P250 PM PULSE EDFA

    All polarization maintaining (PM) amplifier delivers intense near infrared pulses with >350 mW at 1560 nm. Several amplifiers can be added for multiple measurement ports.

  • M-780 High Power Measuring Port at 780 nm

    Product Code: M-780

    Output provides stabilized comb light with highest power at 780 nm.
    Contains an amplifier and subsequent frequency conversion, delivering a minimum of 150 mW average power with a central wavalength in the range of 780-800 nm. The output is free space and optional available as fiber-coupled.

  • BDU Beat Detection Unit

    Product Code: BDU

    Generates and measures the beat signal between the frequency comb and an external continuous wave (cw) laser. Available for various spectral ranges, with free space or fiber-coupled optics, and matched to the customer's laser.

    For more information: BDU

  • LLE-SYNCRO Laser Locking Electronics

    Product Code: LLE-SYNCRO

    Allows locking of an external cw laser to the stabilized frequency comb. Performance has been field tested with lasers from major suppliers.

    For more information: LLE-SYNCRO

  • Microwave Ultrastable RF Output

    Product Code: Microwave

    Ultrastable RF output in the 1 MHz-10 GHz range. Utilizing a high-sensitive fast photodetector and a frequency divider where needed.

  • ORS Optical Reference System

    Product Code: ORS

    The ORS Optical Reference System consist of a CW laser locked to a stable high-finesse optical reference cavity made of ultra-low expansion (ULE) glass. It offers ultra-narrow linewidth (< 1Hz) and outstanding short time stability (<2 x 10-15) at wavelengths such as 657 nm, 689 nm, 698 nm, 729 nm, and many others from 500 nm to 1600 nm. By locking the FC1500-250-ULN to the ORS, the purity of this state-of-the-art optical reference can be transferred throughout the entire frequency comb spectrum.

    For more information: ORS


Application Notes

Menlo Expert Ben Sprenger 2019
Dr. Benjamin Sprenger
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