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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3522–3524

Complete characterization of quantum-limited timing jitter in passively mode-locked fiber lasers

Jonathan A. Cox, Amir H. Nejadmalayeri, Jungwon Kim, and Franz X. Kärtner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 20, pp. 3522-3524 (2010)

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We characterize the timing jitter of passively mode-locked, femtosecond, erbium fiber lasers with unprecedented resolution, enabling the observation of quantum-origin timing jitter up to the Nyquist frequency. For a pair of nearly identical 79.4 MHz dispersion-managed lasers with an output pulse energy of 450 pJ , the high-frequency jitter was found to be 2.6 fs [ 10 kHz , 39.7 MHz ]. The results agree well with theoretical noise models over more than three decades, extending to the Nyquist frequency. It is also found that unexpected noise may occur if care is not taken in optimizing the mode-locked state.

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OCIS Codes
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: August 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 20, 2010
Published: October 15, 2010

Jonathan A. Cox, Amir H. Nejadmalayeri, Jungwon Kim, and Franz X. Kärtner, "Complete characterization of quantum-limited timing jitter in passively mode-locked fiber lasers," Opt. Lett. 35, 3522-3524 (2010)

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