Abstract

Using cross-phase modulation in an optical fiber, we synchronized the pulse train from a mode-locked ytterbium fiber laser operating at 1.05 μm to an external optical master signal. The optical master source based on a 1.54 μm distributed feedback (DFB) diode laser was driven by the clock signal and was used as a seed source. The amplified seed pulses are launched into the fiber cavity and synchronize the mode-locked pulses through cross-phase modulation. The master clock signal is electronically generated, benefiting from inherent stability and repeatability. Due to its simplicity, this technique provides an attractive alternative to the traditional scheme that uses an independent mode-locked laser as source of seed signal. Since the approach is flexible and generally applicable, we expect this stabilization method to have a good potential for use in metrology and optical communications.

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Matei Rusu, Robert Herda, and Oleg Okhotnikov, "1.05-µm mode-locked Ytterbium fiber laser stabilized with the pulse train from a 1.54-µm laser diode: errata," Opt. Express 12, 5577-5578 (2004)
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Appl. Phys. B. (1)

M. Guina, and O. G. Okhotnikov, "Harmonically mode-locked laser stabilized by semiconductor saturable absorber modulated with the residual pump," Appl. Phys. B. 75, 127-130 (2002)
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

M. L. Dennis and I. L. Duling III, �??Experimental study of sideband generation in femtosecond fiber lasers,�?? IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1469-1477 (1994)
[CrossRef]

J. Mod. Opt. (1)

R.K. Shelton, L.S. Ma, H.C. Kapteyn, M.M. Murnane, J.L. Hall, and J. Ye, "Active synchronization and carrier phase locking of two separate mode-locked femtosecond lasers," J. Mod. Opt. 49, 401-409 (2002)
[CrossRef]

J. Phys. D. (1)

S. T. Cundiff, "Phase stabilization of ultrashort optical pulses," J. Phys. D. 35, R43 (2002)
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

R.J. Jones and J.C. Diels, "Stabilization of Femtosecond Lasers for Optical Frequency Metrology and Direct Optical to Radio Frequency Synthesis," Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 3288-3291 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Science (1)

D. J. Jones, S. A. Diddams, J. K. Ranka, A. Stenz, R. S. Windeler, J. L. Hall, and S. T. Cundiff, "Carrier- envelope phase control of femtosecond mode-locked lasers and direct optical frequency synthesis," Science 288, 635-639 (2000)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of 1050 nm-fiber laser synchronized to the pulse train produced by a 1.54 μm laser diode.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Optical spectrum of the seed pulses and (b) pulse shape obtained with a fast

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Optical spectrum of the mode-locked pulses. Inset shows intensity autocorrelation corresponding to pulse duration of 2ps.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Temporal evolution of the slave laser central frequency when the seed signal is switched periodically off and on.

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