Abstract

We demonstrate a soliton fiber laser based on an anomalously dispersive erbium-doped fiber butt-coupled to a saturable absorber mirror for passive mode locking. The laser generates 180fs pulses at a repetition rate of 491MHz and exhibits a timing jitter as low as 20fs over the frequency range 1kHz10MHz.

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2007

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[CrossRef]

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Chen, J. W. Sickler, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kärtner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1566 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2001

R. Paschotta and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 653 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1998

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1995

1993

H. A. Haus and A. Mecozzi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 983 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1975

H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Adel, P.

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

Aus der Au, J.

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bartels, A.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Byun, H.

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Cerna, R.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, J.

J. Chen, J. W. Sickler, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kärtner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1566 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Cundiff, S. T.

S. T. Cundiff, Nature (London) 450, 1175 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Dekorsy, T.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hänsch, T. W.

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

Haus, H. A.

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

H. A. Haus and A. Mecozzi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 983 (1993).
[CrossRef]

H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Holzwarth, R.

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

Hudert, F.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ippen, E. P.

J. Chen, J. W. Sickler, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kärtner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1566 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Janke, C.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Jones, D. J.

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kärtner, F. X.

J. Chen, J. W. Sickler, E. P. Ippen, and F. X. Kärtner, Opt. Lett. 32, 1566 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 20, 16 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Keller, U.

R. Paschotta and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 653 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

F. X. Kärtner and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 20, 16 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kistner, C.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mecozzi, A.

H. A. Haus and A. Mecozzi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 983 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Mei, M.

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

Morse, J.

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Nelson, L. E.

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

R. Paschotta and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 653 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Pudo, D.

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Sickler, J.

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

Sickler, J. W.

Tamura, K.

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Thoma, A.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wilken, T.

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

Appl. Phys. B

L. E. Nelson, D. J. Jones, K. Tamura, H. A. Haus, and E. P. Ippen, Appl. Phys. B 65, 277 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Paschotta and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 653 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

H. A. Haus and A. Mecozzi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 983 (1993).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

F. X. Kärtner, J. Aus der Au, and U. Keller, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys.

H. A. Haus, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3049 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Nature (London)

S. T. Cundiff, Nature (London) 450, 1175 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Rev. Sci. Instrum.

A. Bartels, R. Cerna, C. Kistner, A. Thoma, F. Hudert, C. Janke, and T. Dekorsy, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 78, 035107 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

T. Wilken, T. W. Hänsch, R. Holzwarth, P. Adel, and M. Mei, presented at the Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Baltimore, Maryland, 6-11 May 2007, paper CMR3.

H. Byun, J. Sickler, J. Morse, J. Chen, D. Pudo, E. P. Ippen, F. X. Kärtner, presented at the 16th International Conference on Ultrafast Phenomena, Stresa, Italy, 9-13 June 2008.

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Fig. 1

(a) Experimental setup for the linear soliton laser: DBS, dichroic beam splitter; OC, output coupler; PD, photodetector; BPF, bandpass filter. (b) Reflectance and dispersion of the SBR.

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Fig. 2

Experimental results at a repetition rate of 491 MHz : (a) Optical spectrum; (b) interferometric autocorrelation with inferred intensity autocorrelation (white).

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Fig. 3

(a) Radio-frequency spectrum spanning from 0 to 3 GHz with resolution bandwidth of 10 MHz . (b) Radio frequency spectrum zoomed around the first harmonic with resolution bandwidth of 500 Hz . (c) SSB phase noise (solid) and integrated RMS jitter (dotted), compared with calculated quantum limit of phase noise (dash-dotted).

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Table 1 Laser Parameters

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Table 2 Experimental and Simulated Results

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