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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2007
  • pp: 3519–3521

Attosecond-resolution timing jitter characterization of free-running mode-locked lasers

Jungwon Kim, Jeff Chen, Jonathan Cox, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 24, pp. 3519-3521 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003519


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Abstract

Timing jitter characterization of optical pulse trains from free-running mode-locked lasers with attosecond resolution is demonstrated using balanced optical cross correlation in the timing detector and the timing delay configurations. In the timing detector configuration, the balanced cross correlation between two mode-locked lasers synchronized by a low-bandwidth phase-locked loop is used to measure the timing jitter spectral density outside the locking bandwidth. In addition, the timing delay configuration using a 325 m long timing-stabilized fiber link enables the characterization of timing jitter faster than the delay time. The limitation set by shot noise in this configuration is 2.2 × 10 8 fs 2 Hz corresponding to 470 as in 10 MHz bandwidth.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 8, 2007
Published: December 6, 2007

Citation
Jungwon Kim, Jeff Chen, Jonathan Cox, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Attosecond-resolution timing jitter characterization of free-running mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 3519-3521 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-24-3519


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