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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 10 — May. 17, 2004
  • pp: 2166–2175

Phase, timing, and amplitude noise on supercontinua generated in microstructure fiber

Brian R. Washburn and Nathan R. Newbury  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 10, pp. 2166-2175 (2004)

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During supercontinuum formation in nonlinear fiber the presence of a noise seed on the input laser pulse can lead to significant excess noise on the generated output supercontinuum electric field. We relate pulse-averaged moments of this electric-field noise to the measured RF spectrum of the frequency comb formed by the supercontinuum. We present quantitative numerical results for the fundamental phase, timing, and amplitude noise on the frequency comb resulting from input quantum noise, including the scaling of the noise with different experimental parameters. This fundamental noise provides a lower limit to the phase stability of frequency combs that originate from microstructure fiber.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

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Original Manuscript: March 11, 2004
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 2004
Published: May 17, 2004

Brian Washburn and Nathan Newbury, "Phase, timing, and amplitude noise on supercontinua generated in microstructure fiber," Opt. Express 12, 2166-2175 (2004)

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