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Timing jitter and phase noiseof mode-locked fiber lasers.

RP Photonics Consulting GmbH, Kurfirstenstr 63, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 03/2010; 18(5):5041-54.
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ABSTRACT The noise properties of mode-locked fiber lasers differ in various respects from those of bulk lasers. The reasons for this are both quantitative and qualitative differences concerning the pulse formation. The underlying theoretical aspects are discussed in detail. It is found that the achievable noise level and the limiting effects depend strongly on the type of fiber laser. Depending on the pulse formation mechanism, noise levels may be much higher than predicted by simplified models.

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