Abstract

We investigate the high-frequency timing jitter spectral density of mode-locked fiber lasers in different mode-locked regimes. Quantum-noise-limited timing jitter spectra of mode-locked-regime-switchable Yb fiber lasers are measured up to the Nyquist frequency with sub-100-as resolution. The integrated rms timing jitter of soliton, stretched-pulse, and self-similar Yb fiber lasers is measured to be 1.8, 1.1, and 2.9fs, respectively, when integrated from 10kHz to 40MHz. The distinct behavior of jitter spectral density related to pulse formation mechanisms is revealed experimentally for the first time.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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