The phase and amplitude noise spectra of a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser are measured and compared with the noise characteristics of a colliding-pulse mode-locked (CPM) dye laser. The timing jitter of the Ti:sapphire laser is found to be approximately half that of the CPM laser for jitter rates above 50 Hz. The amplitude noise of both lasers is comparable for frequencies of as much as several hundred kilohertz. However, between 0.5 and 5 MHz the noise spectrum of the Ti:sapphire laser is 126–134 dB below the carrier, while the CPM laser noise is limited by the pump laser at 115–131 dB below the carrier.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 1991
Published: May 15, 1992
J. Son, J. V. Rudd, and J. F. Whitaker, "Noise characterization of a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 17, 733-735 (1992)