Mode-locked fiber laser frequency-controlled with an intracavity electro-optic modulator RID B-4974-2009 RID C-3312-2011
We demonstrate a mode-locked, erbium-doped fiber laser with its repetition frequency synchronized to a second fiber laser via an intracavity electro-optic modulator (EOM). With servo control from the EOM (bandwidth similar to 230 kHz) and a slower speed intracavity piezoelectric transducer (resonance at similar to 20 kHz), we demonstrate stabilization of the repetition frequency with an in-loop rms timing jitter of 10 fs, integrated over a bandwidth from 1 Hz to 100 kHz. This represents what is to our knowledge the first time an EOM has been introduced inside a mode-locked laser cavity for fast servo action and the lowest timing jitter reported for a mode-locked fiber laser. (c) 2005 Optical Society of America.