Abstract

We report a semiconductor-based, low-noise, 10.24GHz actively mode-locked laser with 4.65fs of relative timing jitter and a 0.0365% amplitude fluctuation (1Hzto100MHz) of the optical pulse train. The keys to obtaining this result were the laser’s high optical power and the low phase noise of the rf source used to mode lock the laser. The low phase noise of the rf source not only improves the absolute and relative timing jitter of the laser, but also prevents coupling of the rf source phase noise to the pulse amplitude fluctuations by the mode-locked laser.

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