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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12134–12144

Remote distribution of a mode-locked pulse train with sub 40-as jitter

Yi-Fei Chen, Jie Jiang, and David J. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12134-12144 (2006)

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Remote transfer of an ultralow-jitter microwave frequency reference signal is demonstrated using the pulse trains generated by a mode-locked fiber laser. The timing jitter in a ~ 30-m fiber link is reduced to 38 attoseconds (as) integrated over a bandwidth from 1 Hz to 10 MHz via active stabilization which represents a significant improvement over previously reported jitter performance. Our approach uses an all-optical generation of the synchronization error signal and an accompanying out-of-loop optical detection technique to verify the jitter performance.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

Yi-Fei Chen, Jie Jiang, and David J. Jones, "Remote distribution of a mode-locked pulse train with sub 40-as jitter," Opt. Express 14, 12134-12144 (2006)

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