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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 27057–27062

Suppression of amplitude-to-phase noise conversion in balanced optical-microwave phase detectors

Maurice Lessing, Helen S. Margolis, C. Tom A. Brown, Patrick Gill, and Giuseppe Marra  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 27057-27062 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.027057


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Abstract

We demonstrate an amplitude-to-phase (AM-PM) conversion coefficient for a balanced optical-microwave phase detector (BOM-PD) of 0.001 rad, corresponding to AM-PM induced phase noise 60 dB below the single-sideband relative intensity noise of the laser. This enables us to generate 8 GHz microwave signals from a commercial Er-fibre comb with a single-sideband residual phase noise of –131 dBc Hz–1 at 1 Hz offset frequency and –148 dBc Hz–1 at 1 kHz offset frequency.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: September 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2013
Published: October 31, 2013

Citation
Maurice Lessing, Helen S. Margolis, C. Tom A. Brown, Patrick Gill, and Giuseppe Marra, "Suppression of amplitude-to-phase noise conversion in balanced optical-microwave phase detectors," Opt. Express 21, 27057-27062 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-22-27057


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