Ultralow Noise, Etalon Stabilized, 10-GHz Optical Frequency Comb Based on an SCOW Amplifier

Davila-Rodriguez J., ÖZDÜR İ. T., Bagnell M., Delfyett P. J., Plant J. J., Juodawlkis P. W.

IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, vol.24, no.23, pp.2159-2162, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 23
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/lpt.2012.2223814
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2159-2162
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


A slab-coupled optical waveguide amplifier (SCOWA) is used to construct a 10-GHz harmonically mode-locked laser with an intra-cavity etalon that serves as a high-finesse spectral filter. The laser output is a frequency comb that is actively stabilized to the transmission peaks of the etalon through a Pound-Drever-Hall scheme. The linewidth of the individual comb-lines is similar to 1 kHz and the frequency instability < 300 kHz over 60 s. The output power exceeds 20 mW due to the high saturation power of the SCOWA. The residual timing jitter of the pulse-train is similar to 1.9 fs (1 Hz to 100 MHz). A much broader comb (similar to 10 nm) is generated after dispersion compensation of the cavity and the output pulses are compressible to < 1 ps. A comparison of the timing jitter of the all-anomalous dispersion and dispersion compensated cavities is presented along with a previous result with a similar architecture.