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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2003
  • pp: 813–815

Ultralow-jitter, 1550-nm mode-locked semiconductor laser synchronized to a visible o ptical frequency standard

David J. Jones, Kevin W. Holman, Mark Notcutt, Jun Ye, Juhi Chandalia, Leaf A. Jiang, Erich P. Ippen, and H. Yokoyama  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 10, pp. 813-815 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000813


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Abstract

Using high-bandwidth feedback, we have synchronized the pulse train from a mode-locked semiconductor laser to an external optical atomic clock signal and achieved what is to our knowledge the lowest timing jitter to date (22 fs, integrated from 1 Hz to 100 MHz) for such devices. The performance is limited by the intrinsic noise of the phase detector used for timing-jitter measurement. We expect such a highly stable device to play an important role in fiber-network-based precise time/frequency distribution.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

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David J. Jones, Kevin W. Holman, Mark Notcutt, Jun Ye, Juhi Chandalia, Leaf A. Jiang, Erich P. Ippen, and H. Yokoyama, "Ultralow-jitter, 1550-nm mode-locked semiconductor laser synchronized to a visible o ptical frequency standard," Opt. Lett. 28, 813-815 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-10-813

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