Abstract

We demonstrate sub-100-as timing jitter optical pulse trains generated from free-running, 77.6MHz repetition-rate, mode-locked Er-fiber lasers. At 0.002(±0.001)ps2 net cavity dispersion, the rms timing jitter is 70as (224as) integrated from 10kHz (1kHz) to 38.8MHz offset frequency, when measured by a 24as resolution balanced optical cross correlator. To our knowledge, this result corresponds to the lowest rms timing jitter measured from any mode-locked fiber lasers so far. The measured result also agrees fairly well with the Namiki–Haus analytic model of quantum-limited timing jitter in stretched-pulse fiber lasers.

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