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High-dynamic-range laser amplitude and phase noise measurement techniques

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3 Author(s)
Scott, R.P. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Langrock, C. ; Kolner, B.

We describe techniques for making sensitive and high-dynamic-range measurements of laser amplitude and envelope phase noise (timing jitter) in the frequency domain at the shot-noise limit. Examples of amplitude noise measurements on continuous-wave argon-ion and diode-pumped solid-state lasers used for pumping a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser are presented. Amplitude and phase noise measurements for the Ti:sapphire laser are also presented, showing correlation between pump laser amplitude modulation (AM) spectra and the resulting AM and phase noise. Characteristics of the measurement system components are discussed, along with examples of the impact these have on achieving reliable high-dynamic-range measurement capability

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )