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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 21 — Oct. 8, 2012
  • pp: 23422–23435

Attosecond timing jitter pulse trains from semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked Cr:LiSAF lasers

Duo Li, Umit Demirbas, Andrew Benedick, Alphan Sennaroglu, James G. Fujimoto, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 21, pp. 23422-23435 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.023422


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Abstract

The timing jitter of optical pulse trains from diode-pumped, semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked femtosecond Cr:LiSAF lasers is characterized by a single-crystal balanced optical cross-correlator with an equivalent sensitivity in phase noise of −235 dBc/Hz. The RMS timing jitter is 30 attoseconds integrated from 10 kHz to 50 MHz, the Nyquist frequency of the 100 MHz repetition rate oscillator. The AM-to-PM conversion induced excess phase noise is calculated and compared with experiment. The self-steepening effect is proven to be the dominant AM-to-PM coupling mechanism, whereas the semiconductor saturable absorber operation does not adversely affect timing jitter. The results show that ultrafast Cr:LiSAF lasers are promising compact and efficient ultralow-jitter sources.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2012
Published: September 27, 2012

Citation
Duo Li, Umit Demirbas, Andrew Benedick, Alphan Sennaroglu, James G. Fujimoto, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Attosecond timing jitter pulse trains from semiconductor saturable absorber mode-locked Cr:LiSAF lasers," Opt. Express 20, 23422-23435 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-21-23422


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