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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2011
  • pp: 511–513

High-resolution microwave frequency transfer over an 86-km-long optical fiber network using a mode-locked laser

Giuseppe Marra, Radan Slavík, Helen S. Margolis, Stephen N. Lea, Periklis Petropoulos, David J. Richardson, and Patrick Gill  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 511-513 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000511


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Abstract

We demonstrate the transfer of an ultrastable microwave frequency by transmitting a 30-nm-wide optical frequency comb from a mode-locked laser over 86 km of installed optical fiber. The pulse train is returned to the transmitter via the same fiber for compensation of environmentally induced optical path length changes. The fractional transfer stability measured at the remote end reaches 4 × 10 17 after 1600 s , corresponding to a timing jitter of 64 fs .

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 8, 2011
Published: February 8, 2011

Citation
Giuseppe Marra, Radan Slavík, Helen S. Margolis, Stephen N. Lea, Periklis Petropoulos, David J. Richardson, and Patrick Gill, "High-resolution microwave frequency transfer over an 86-km-long optical fiber network using a mode-locked laser," Opt. Lett. 36, 511-513 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-4-511


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