Hybrid mode-locked Er-fiber oscillator with a wide repetition rate stabilization range

Xuejian Wu, Lijun Yang, Hongyuan Zhang, Honglei Yang, Haoyun Wei, Yan Li

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We present a hybrid mode-locked Er-fiber oscillator whose repetition rate can be tuned from 101.3 to 103.0 MHz. By incorporating saturable absorption and nonlinear polarization evolution in a ring cavity, mode-locked states can be easily accessed with a 3 dB spectral range wider than 50 nm. In addition, by the combination of a computer-controlled optical delay line and a piezo actuator to change the length of the cavity, the repetition rate can be stabilized at any frequency in the tunable range for the long term. When phase locking to an Rb clock for 14 h continuously, the standard deviation of the fundamental repetition rate is 0.2 mHz with a gate time of 1 s. In addition, the feedback bandwidth can be extended to ∼400 Hz by stabilizing the 10th harmonic instead of the fundamental repetition rate. Furthermore, the linewidth of the comb modes is investigated by beating with a wavelength-tunable diode laser.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1681-1687
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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