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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1761–1763

Impact of pulse dynamics on timing jitter in mode-locked fiber lasers

Youjian Song, Kwangyun Jung, and Jungwon Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 10, pp. 1761-1763 (2011)

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We investigate the high-frequency timing jitter spectral density of mode-locked fiber lasers in different mode-locked regimes. Quantum-noise-limited timing jitter spectra of mode-locked-regime-switchable Yb fiber lasers are measured up to the Nyquist frequency with sub - 100 - as resolution. The integrated rms timing jitter of soliton, stretched-pulse, and self-similar Yb fiber lasers is measured to be 1.8, 1.1, and 2.9 fs , respectively, when integrated from 10 kHz to 40 MHz . The distinct behavior of jitter spectral density related to pulse formation mechanisms is revealed experimentally for the first time.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

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Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: February 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2011
Published: May 5, 2011

Youjian Song, Kwangyun Jung, and Jungwon Kim, "Impact of pulse dynamics on timing jitter in mode-locked fiber lasers," Opt. Lett. 36, 1761-1763 (2011)

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