We demonstrate the generation of an ultralow-repetition-rate pulse train with a repetition rate of 19.6 kHz by passive mode-locking of an optoelectronic oscillator. The pulse-to-pulse timing jitter equals 0.06 ppm of the repetition time of the pulses. No significant dependence of pulse duration, pulse waveform, and timing jitter was observed when the cavity length was changed from 150 to 10,400 m. A simple theoretical model for calculating the dependence of the jitter on the cavity length is given.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2013
Published: October 25, 2013
Alexander Sherman and Moshe Horowitz, "Ultralow-repetition-rate pulses with ultralow jitter generated by passive mode-locking of an optoelectronic oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2980-2983 (2013)