publication . Preprint . Article . 2009

Testing ultrafast mode-locking at microhertz relative optical linewidth

Michael J. Martin; Seth M. Foreman; T. R. Schibli; Jun Ye;
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  • Published: 07 Jan 2009
Abstract
We report new limits on the phase coherence of the ultrafast mode-locking process in an octave-spanning Ti:sapphire comb. We find that the mode-locking mechanism correlates optical phase across a full optical octave with less than 2.5 micro Hz relative linewidth. This result is at least two orders of magnitude below recent predictions for quantum-limited individual comb-mode linewidths, verifying that the mode-locking mechanism strongly correlates quantum noise across the comb spectrum.
Subjects
arXiv: Physics::OpticsPhysics::Atomic Physics
free text keywords: Physics - Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Order of magnitude, Self-phase modulation, Laser linewidth, Phase noise, Optics, business.industry, business, Quantum noise, Ultrashort pulse, Optoelectronics, Physics, Mode-locking, Spectral density
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publication . Preprint . Article . 2009

Testing ultrafast mode-locking at microhertz relative optical linewidth

Michael J. Martin; Seth M. Foreman; T. R. Schibli; Jun Ye;