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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8498–8508

Toward a low-jitter 10 GHz pulsed source with an optical frequency comb generator

Shijun Xiao, Leo Hollberg, Nathan R. Newbury, and Scott A. Diddams  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8498-8508 (2008)

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We demonstrate low residual timing jitter of 10 GHz pulses from a 1.55 µm optical frequency comb generator based on a doubly-resonant electro-optic modulator. The pulse timing jitter is analyzed, and we illustrate that the pump laser’s linewidth plays a dominant role in the timing jitter. For Fourier frequencies from 1 Hz to 10 MHz, integrated residual timing jitter at 10 GHz was reduced from ~ 94 fs to ~ 8 fs when the pump laser’s linewidth was reduced from ~ 10 MHz to ~ 1 kHz. An electronic servo was used to stabilize the operation point of the comb generator. With the servo, the integrated residual timing jitter was further reduced to ~ 6 fs, and the corresponding residual phase noise power density is -105 dBc/Hz at 1 Hz frequency offset from the 10 GHz pulse carrier.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2008
Published: May 27, 2008

Shijun Xiao, Leo Hollberg, Nathan R. Newbury, and Scott A. Diddams, "Toward a low-jitter 10 GHz pulsed source with an optical frequency comb generator," Opt. Express 16, 8498-8508 (2008)

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