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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2001
  • pp: 289–291

Measurement of mode-locked laser timing jitter by use of phase-encoded optical sampling

Paul W. Juodawlkis, Jonathan C. Twichell, Jeffrey L. Wasserman, Gary E. Betts, and Richard C. Williamson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 5, pp. 289-291 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.000289


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Abstract

The phase-noise characteristics of a harmonically mode-locked fiber laser are investigated with a new measurement technique called phase-encoded optical sampling. A polarization-maintaining ring laser is mode locked by use of the short-pulse electrical output of a resonant-tunneling diode oscillator, enabling it to produce 30-ps pulses at a 208-MHz repetition rate. The interferometric phase-encoded sampling technique provides 60-dB suppression of amplitude-jitter noise and allows supermode phase noise to be observed and quantified. The white-noise pulse-to-pulse timing jitter and the rms supermode timing jitter of the laser are measured to be less than 50 and 70 fs, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves

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Paul W. Juodawlkis, Jonathan C. Twichell, Jeffrey L. Wasserman, Gary E. Betts, and Richard C. Williamson, "Measurement of mode-locked laser timing jitter by use of phase-encoded optical sampling," Opt. Lett. 26, 289-291 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-5-289


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