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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2948–2950

Mode-locked fiber laser frequency-controlled with an intracavity electro-optic modulator

Darren D. Hudson, Kevin W. Holman, R. Jason Jones, Steven T. Cundiff, Jun Ye, and David J. Jones  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 21, pp. 2948-2950 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002948


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Abstract

We demonstrate a mode-locked, erbium-doped fiber laser with its repetition frequency synchronized to a second fiber laser via an intracavity electro-optic modulator (EOM). With servo control from the EOM (bandwidth ∼230 kHz) and a slower speed intracavity piezoelectric transducer (resonance at ∼20 kHz), we demonstrate stabilization of the repetition frequency with an in-loop rms timing jitter of 10 fs, integrated over a bandwidth from 1 Hz to 100  kHz. This represents what is to our knowledge the first time an EOM has been introduced inside a mode-locked laser cavity for fast servo action and the lowest timing jitter reported for a mode-locked fiber laser.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Citation
Darren D. Hudson, Kevin W. Holman, R. Jason Jones, Steven T. Cundiff, Jun Ye, and David J. Jones, "Mode-locked fiber laser frequency-controlled with an intracavity electro-optic modulator," Opt. Lett. 30, 2948-2950 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-21-2948


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