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Dual-Frequency Laser at 1.5 \mu m for Optical Distribution and Generation of High-Purity Microwave Signals

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8 Author(s)
Pillet, G. ; Phys. Dept., Thales Res. & Technol., Palaiseau ; Morvan, L. ; Brunel, M. ; Bretenaker, F.
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We describe the stabilization of the beatnote of an Er,Yb:glass dual-frequency laser at 1.5 mum with and without an external microwave reference. In the first case, a classical optical phase-locked loop (OPLL) is used, and absolute phase noise levels as low as -117 dBrad2/Hz at 10 kHz from the carrier are reported. In the second case one or two fiber-optic delay lines are used to lock the frequency of the beatnote. Absolute phase noise levels as low as -107 dBrad2/Hz at 10 kHz from the carrier are measured, fairly independant of the beatnote frequency varying from 2 to 6 GHz. An analysis of the phase noise level limitation is presented in the linear servo-loop theory framework. The expected phase noise level calculated from the measurement of the different noise sources fits well with the predictions.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 15 )