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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: 3707–3709

Ultra-low-noise microwave extraction from fiber-based optical frequency comb

J. Millo, R. Boudot, M. Lours, P. Y. Bourgeois, A. N. Luiten, Y. Le Coq, Y. Kersalé, and G. Santarelli  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 23, pp. 3707-3709 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.003707


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Abstract

In this Letter we report on an all-optical-fiber approach to the generation of ultra-low-noise microwave signals. We make use of two erbium fiber mode-locked lasers phase locked to a common ultrastable laser source to generate an 11.55 GHz signal with an unprecedented relative phase noise of 111 dBc Hz at 1 Hz from the carrier. The residual frequency instability of the microwave signals derived from the two optical frequency combs is below 2.3 × 10 16 at 1 s and about 4 × 10 19 at 6.5 × 10 4 s (in 5 Hz bandwidth, three days of continuous operation).

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OCIS Codes
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2009
Published: November 24, 2009

Citation
J. Millo, R. Boudot, M. Lours, P. Y. Bourgeois, A. N. Luiten, Y. Le Coq, Y. Kersalé, and G. Santarelli, "Ultra-low-noise microwave extraction from fiber-based optical frequency comb," Opt. Lett. 34, 3707-3709 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-23-3707


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