OSE Seminar by Dr. Tara Drake on Microresonator Optical Frequency Combs

Departmental News

Chad Hoyt

Posted: January 19, 2022

Date: Thursday, January 20 04, 2022

Time:  11 AM to 12 PM

Location:  PAIS, Room 1100 



The invention of optical-frequency combs has transformed the fields of precision metrology, spectroscopy, and electronic/photonic signal generation. Now, a new and incredibly promising platform for frequency combs has emerged—one in which phase coherent combs are generated in nanofabricated ring resonators using quantum nonlinear photonics. In this talk, the principles behind microresonator combs will be presented, as well as their recent applications in integrated-photonics optical synthesizers and optical clocks, and a new experiment using laser cooling to control the particle-like properties of the comb light itself.


Dr. Tara Drake is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and at the Center for High Technology Materials at UNM. She was previously an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, where she worked on the design and implementation of microresonator combs for integrated-photonics applications. She received her PhD at JILA and the University of Colorado in the group of Deborah Jin, where she created and studied exotic superfluids in gases of ultracold atoms.