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High-stability single-frequency fiber lasers typically exhibit relative intensity noise that is far in excess of shot noise across a broad frequency range extending from dc to many tens of megahertz. This excess noise precludes the use of these fiber lasers in a range of precision interferometry and quantum optics applications. We present experimental results using a passive, high Q, fiber ring resonator to filter out up to 26 dB of excess laser intensity noise, resulting in a stabilized laser output that reaches the shot-noise limit over most of its signal spectrum.
Date of Publication: July15, 2007