Abstract

We report on the use of a fixed-spacer Fabry–Perot ring cavity to filter spatially and temporally a 10-W laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG master-oscillator power amplifier. The spatial filtering leads to a 7.6-W TEM00 beam with 0.1% higher-order transverse mode content. The temporal filtering reduces the relative power fluctuations at 10 MHz to 2.8×10-9/Hz, which is 1 dB above the shot-noise limit for 50 mA of detected photocurrent.

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  1. A. Rüdiger, Nucl. Phys. B 48, 96 (1996).
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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1997 (1)

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

A. Rüdiger, Nucl. Phys. B 48, 96 (1996).

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1983 (1)

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

1981 (1)

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Abramovici, A.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Adams, F.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Althouse, W. E.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bachor, H.-A.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Billing, H.

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Drever, R. W. P.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Ewart, R.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Fejer, M. M.

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Ford, G. M.

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Freitag, I.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Grant, A. I.

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Gray, M. B.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Gürsel, Y.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gustafson, E. K.

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Hall, J. L.

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Harb, C. C.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Haserot, D.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Hough, J.

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Huntington, E. H.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Kane, T. J.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Kawamura, S.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kerr, G. A.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Kmetec, J.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Kowalski, F. V.

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Mackenzie, N. L.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Maischberger, K.

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Meers, B. J.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Munley, A. J.

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Newton, G. P.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Raab, F. J.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Robertson, D. I.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Robertson, N. A.

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Rottengatter, P.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Rowan, S.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Rüdiger, A.

A. Rüdiger, Nucl. Phys. B 48, 96 (1996).

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Rutherford, T. S.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Schilling, R.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Schnupp, L.

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Shine, R. J.

R. J. Shine, “A high-power, diode-laser-pumped solid-state laser for precision interferometry,” Ph.D. dissertation (Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., 1995).

Shoemaker, D.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sievers, L.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Skeldon, K. D.

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Spero, R. E.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Strain, K. A.

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Thorne, K. S.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Truong, G.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Tulloch, W. M.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Uehara, N.

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Vogt, R. E.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ward, H.

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

J. Hough, H. Ward, G. A. Kerr, N. L. Mackenzie, B. J. Meers, G. P. Newton, D. I. Robertson, N. A. Robertson, and R. Schilling, in The Detection of Gravitational Waves, D. G. Blair, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1991).

Weiss, R.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Welling, H.

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Whitcomb, S. E.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wiechmann, W.

W. Wiechmann, T. J. Kane, D. Haserot, F. Adams, G. Truong, and J. Kmetec, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 432.

Willke, B.

W. M. Tulloch, T. S. Rutherford, E. H. Huntington, R. Ewart, C. C. Harb, B. Willke, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, S. Rowan, and J. Hough, “Measurements of quantum noise in a cw laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG linear optical amplifier,” submitted to Opt. Lett.

Winkler, W.

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Zucker, M. E.

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley, and H. Ward, Appl. Phys. B 31, 97 (1983).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

C. C. Harb, M. B. Gray, H.-A. Bachor, R. Schilling, P. Rottengatter, I. Freitag, and H. Welling, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2907 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Nucl. Phys. B (1)

A. Rüdiger, Nucl. Phys. B 48, 96 (1996).

Opt. Acta (1)

A. Rüdiger, R. Schilling, L. Schnupp, W. Winkler, H. Billing, and K. Maischberger, Opt. Acta 28, 641 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

N. Uehara, E. K. Gustafson, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, Proc. SPIE 2989, 57 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

K. D. Skeldon, K. A. Strain, A. I. Grant, and J. Hough, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 67, 2443 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

A. Abramovici, W. E. Althouse, R. W. P. Drever, Y. Gürsel, S. Kawamura, F. J. Raab, D. Shoemaker, L. Sievers, R. E. Spero, K. S. Thorne, R. E. Vogt, R. Weiss, S. E. Whitcomb, and M. E. Zucker, Science 256, 325 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (5)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the experimental setup and the premode-cleaner Fabry–Perot ring cavity design. A detailed description of the length-control scheme is given in the text. EO, electro-optic modulator; PZT’s, piezoelectric transducers; L1, L2, mode-matching lenses; M1, M2, 25.4-mm-diameter plane mirrors; M3, 7.75-mm-diameter mirror with 1-m radius of curvature. Cavity round-trip length, 42 cm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Measured horizontal and vertical beam profile of the 10-W laser and best-fit Gaussian profiles: (a) before the premode cleaner and (b) following the premode cleaner, where measurement and fit agree to within the pen width.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Transmitted power of the 10-W laser through the premode cleaner as a function of the cavity length. Insets, pictures (taken with CCD camera) of the dominant TEM00 mode and the largest non-TEM00 mode. The higher-order mode content before the premode cleaner was 10%, whereas following the premode cleaner the relative power in non-TEM00 modes was reduced to 10-3. FSR, free spectral range.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Power noise of the 10-W laser relative to the shot noise at 50 mA of detected photocurrent. Upper curve, measurement before the premode cleaner; lower curve, measurement following the premode cleaner. The power noise following the premode cleaner is shot-noise dominated above 7 MHz and less than 1 dB above the shot-noise limit for frequencies higher than 10 MHz.

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