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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1990
  • pp: 974–976

Noise characterization of femtosecond color-center lasers

U. Keller, C. E. Soccolich, G. Sucha, M. N. Islam, and M. Wegener  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 15, Issue 17, pp. 974-976 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.15.000974


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Abstract

We used power-spectrum techniques to measure both amplitude noise and timing jitter of two femtosecond color-center lasers in the near infrared: a passively mode-locked laser and an additive-pulse mode-locked laser. The cw pumped passively mode-locked color-center laser showed better noise performance than the feedback-controlled, much more complex additive-pulse mode-locked color-center laser. For both laser systems, we observed unexpected drastic increases of amplitude noise under certain operation conditions. In the low-noise operation regime, the amplitude noise of the passively mode-locked color-center laser is entirely dominated by its pump laser, whereas the additive-pulse mode-locked laser exhibits >10 dB of excess noise up to 200 kHz and tended to break up in the subhertz regime. The timing jitter for both lasers was approximately 9 psec rms for jitter rates above 130 Hz.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 13, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 1990
Published: September 1, 1990

Citation
U. Keller, C. E. Soccolich, G. Sucha, M. N. Islam, and M. Wegener, "Noise characterization of femtosecond color-center lasers," Opt. Lett. 15, 974-976 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-15-17-974

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