We report on the observation of quantum-limited timing jitter in a harmonically mode-locked soliton fiber laser with an ultralow-noise local oscillator. The effects of amplitude and phase modulation on the spectrum are described and compared with theory.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
M. E. Grein, L. A. Jiang, H. A. Haus, E. P. Ippen, C. McNeilage, J. H. Searls, and R. S. Windeler, "Observation of quantum-limited timing jitter in an active, harmonically mode-locked fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 27, 957-959 (2002)