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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3284–3297

An agile laser with ultra-low frequency noise and high sweep linearity

Haifeng Jiang, Fabien Kéfélian, Pierre Lemonde, André Clairon, and Giorgio Santarelli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 3284-3297 (2010)

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We report on a fiber-stabilized agile laser with ultra-low frequency noise. The frequency noise power spectral density is comparable to that of an ultra-stable cavity stabilized laser at Fourier frequencies higher than 30 Hz. When it is chirped at a constant rate of ~ 40 MHz/s, the max non-linearity frequency error is about 50 Hz peak-to-peak over more than 600 MHz tuning range. The Rayleigh backscattering is found to be a significant frequency noise source dependent on fiber length, chirping rate and the power imbalance of the interferometer arms. We analyze this effect both theoretically and experimentally and put forward techniques to reduce this noise contribution.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization
(140.3518) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, frequency modulated

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2010
Published: February 1, 2010

Haifeng Jiang, Fabien Kéfélian, Pierre Lemonde, André Clairon, and Giorgio Santarelli, "An agile laser with ultra-low frequency noise and high sweep linearity," Opt. Express 18, 3284-3297 (2010)

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