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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1225–1227

Remote transfer of a high-stability and ultralow-jitter timing signal

Kevin W. Holman, Darren D. Hudson, Jun Ye, and David J. Jones  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1225-1227 (2005)

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Transfer of a high-stability and ultralow-jitter timing signal through a fiber network via a mode-locked fiber laser is demonstrated. With active cancellation of the fiber-transmission noise, the fractional instability for transfer of a radio-frequency signal through a 6.9- (4.5-) km round-trip installed (laboratory-based) fiber network is below 9(7)×10^-15 tau-½ for an averaging time tau > or = 1 s, limited by the noise floor of the frequency-counting system. The noise cancellation reduces the rms timing jitter, integrated over a bandwidth from 1 Hz to 100 kHz, to 37 (20) fs for the installed (laboratory-based) fiber network, representing what is to our knowledge the lowest reported jitter for transfer of a timing signal over kilometer-scale distances using an installed (laboratory-based) optical-fiber network.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

Kevin W. Holman, Darren D. Hudson, Jun Ye, and David J. Jones, "Remote transfer of a high-stability and ultralow-jitter timing signal," Opt. Lett. 30, 1225-1227 (2005)

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