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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2007
  • pp: 3504–3506

Attosecond relative timing jitter and 13 fs tunable pulses from a two-branch Er:fiber laser

Florian Adler, Alexander Sell, Florian Sotier, Rupert Huber, and Alfred Leitenstorfer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 24, pp. 3504-3506 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003504


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Abstract

We present what is believed to be the first direct measurement of the relative timing jitter between the two parallel pulse trains of a two-branch femtosecond erbium-doped fiber laser, operated without active stabilization. The system provides independently tunable pulses in the near infrared with durations down to 13 fs . Using an interferometric optical cross-correlator, the phase-noise spectral density is measured with high sensitivity in a range from 1 Hz up to the Nyquist frequency of 24.5 MHz . We find an integrated jitter of 11 attoseconds directly after the amplifier stages and 43 as after propagation through free-space optics and nonlinear fibers for frequency conversion.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2007
Published: December 5, 2007

Citation
Florian Adler, Alexander Sell, Florian Sotier, Rupert Huber, and Alfred Leitenstorfer, "Attosecond relative timing jitter and 13 fs tunable pulses from a two-branch Er:fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 32, 3504-3506 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-24-3504

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