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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1536–1538

Nearly quantum-noise-limited timing jitter from miniature Er:Yb:glass lasers

A. Schlatter, B. Rudin, S. C. Zeller, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, N. Haverkamp, H. R. Telle, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 12, pp. 1536-1538 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.001536


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Abstract

We report on nearly quantum-limited timing-jitter performance of two passively mode-locked Er:Yb:glass lasers with a repetition rate of 10 GHz. The relative timing jitter of both lasers was measured to be 190 fs (100 Hz-1.56 MHz) root mean square. The remaining cavity-length fluctuations are below 7.5 pm in the 6 Hz-8 kHz frequency range, indicating the stability of a rugged miniature cavity setup. By actively controlling the cavity length we reduced the timing jitter to 26 fs (6 Hz-1.56 MHz). We also discuss the influence of cavity length on the practically achievable timing jitter.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

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A. Schlatter, B. Rudin, S. C. Zeller, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, L. Krainer, N. Haverkamp, H. R. Telle, and U. Keller, "Nearly quantum-noise-limited timing jitter from miniature Er:Yb:glass lasers," Opt. Lett. 30, 1536-1538 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-12-1536


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