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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 275–281

Intensity noise of erbium-doped fiber laser based on full quantum theory

WenJun Yue, YunXiang Wang, Cai-Dong Xiong, Zhi-Yong Wang, and Qi Qiu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 2, pp. 275-281 (2013)

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Traditionally, by means of full quantum theory, we present the intensity noise transfer function of an Er-doped fiber laser, on the basis of which we analyze the spectrum of the intensity noise. Our theoretical results are in agreement with the existing experiment results. This model explains not only how the noise is produced, but also how the spontaneous emission and dipole fluctuations have an effect on the output noise, which cannot be explained via rate equation theory. We analyze the physical sources of various contributions to the noise spectrum as well. The simulation results show that the noise of the Er-doped fiber laser mainly consists of the vacuum noise resulting from the output coupling, dipole fluctuation noise, the pump source intensity noise, and the spontaneous emission from the upper level to the ground level, which provides the theoretical basis for noise suppression. Compared to the solid laser, the Er-doped fiber laser shows lower resonant relaxation oscillation frequency.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(270.3430) Quantum optics : Laser theory

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: August 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2012
Published: January 7, 2013

WenJun Yue, YunXiang Wang, Cai-Dong Xiong, Zhi-Yong Wang, and Qi Qiu, "Intensity noise of erbium-doped fiber laser based on full quantum theory," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 275-281 (2013)

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