We report the generation of optical pulse trains with 8.5 fs timing jitter (10 Hz to 10 MHz) from a mode-locked semiconductor laser, with a slab coupled optical waveguide amplifier used as the gain element. This is, to our knowledge, the lowest residual timing jitter reported to date from an actively mode-locked laser.
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Lasers and Laser Optics
S. Gee, F. Quinlan, S. Ozharar, P. J. Delfyett, J. J. Plant, and P. W. Juodawlkis, "Ultralow-noise mode-locked optical pulse trains from an external cavity laser based on a slab coupled optical waveguide amplifier (SCOWA)," Opt. Lett. 30, 2742-2744 (2005)