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Phase Noise Characteristics of Fiber Lasers as Potential Ultra-Stable Master Oscillators

A. Winter, P. Schmuser, H. Schlarb, F.O. Ilday, Jung-Won Kim, J. Chen, F.X. Katner
Proceedings of the 2005 Particle Accelerator Conference  
Fourth-generation light sources, such as the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser facility (XFEL), require timing signals distributed over distances of several kilometers with a timing jitter in the order of femtoseconds. The master clock for the proposed optical distribution system must operate with exceptionally low timing jitter. A promising approach is the use of a mode-locked laser that generates ultrastable pulses which are distributed via timing stabilized fiber links. Mode-locked
more » ... ode-locked Erbium-doped fiber lasers are attractive candidates, featuring very low noise at high frequencies. In this paper, we present a study of the phase noise of various mode-locked fiber lasers in view of their applicability as laser-based master oscillators for femtosecond-level timing distribution.
doi:10.1109/pac.2005.1591165 fatcat:txdvdsre3jfnxflsz3iwgmothy