Abstract

The pulse repetition frequency of a mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser has been stabilized to an electrical reference oscillator by use of an electrical feedback technique. The phase and frequency differences between the laser and the reference are detected by use of a digital phase detector, which overcomes the difficulties of a conventional double-balanced mixer. We obtained rms timing jitters of 20 fs (25 mHz–10 kHz) and 7 fs (25 mHz–1 kHz) relative to the reference.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Block diagram of the experimental setup: BPF, bandpass filter. Other abbreviations defined in text.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Schematic diagram of the digital phase detector. (b) Dependence of the analog output voltage on the phase difference between the two input signals. LPF’s, low-pass filters.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

rf spectra of the first harmonic at 100 MHz. Curves A and B correspond to the free-running and the stabilized laser, respectively. The resolution bandwidth of the analyzer is 1 Hz.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Curves A and B represent the phase-noise PSD of the phase detector and the stabilized laser, respectively. Curves C and D represent the rms timing jitter for the 25-mHz–10-kHz and the 25-mHz–1-kHz bandwidth, respectively.

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