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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2320–2322

Observation of timing jitter reduction induced by spectral filtering in a fiber laser mode locked with a carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber

Chunmei Ouyang, Ping Shum, Honghai Wang, Jia Haur Wong, Kan Wu, Songnian Fu, Ruoming Li, E. J. R. Kelleher, A. I. Chernov, and E. D. Obraztsova  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 14, pp. 2320-2322 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002320


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Abstract

A self-starting passively mode-locked fiber laser with a carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber and a fiber-based bandpass filter (BPF) is proposed. Incorporation of a BPF into the cavity leads to a great reduction of its timing jitter from 84.8 to 29.1 fs ( 10 Hz– 3 MHz ). This happens because the filtering effect can weaken the fluctuation of the central wavelength induced by the quantum noise, being one of the important contributions to timing jitter in the optical amplifying process.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(230.7408) Optical devices : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: April 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2010
Published: July 1, 2010

Citation
Chunmei Ouyang, Ping Shum, Honghai Wang, Jia Haur Wong, Kan Wu, Songnian Fu, Ruoming Li, E. J. R. Kelleher, A. I. Chernov, and E. D. Obraztsova, "Observation of timing jitter reduction induced by spectral filtering in a fiber laser mode locked with a carbon nanotube-based saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 35, 2320-2322 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-14-2320


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