Ultra-Stable Regeneratively Mode-Locked Laser as an Opto-Electronic Microwave Oscillator and Its Application to Optical Metrology

Masataka NAKAZAWA  Masato YOSHIDA  Toshihiko HIROOKA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C   No.2   pp.443-449
Publication Date: 2007/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.2.443
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Evolution of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Photonics Technology)
ultrafast lasers,  mode-locked lasers,  high-speed optical transmission,  optical standards,  metrology,  

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Ultrahigh-speed fiber lasers operating at up to 40 GHz offer a clean longitudinal comb and a narrow linewidth. This makes them suitable for applications including optical comb generation, ultrahigh-speed optical pulse transmission including PSK, and as opto-microwave oscillators. In this paper, we describe recent progress on ultrafast fiber lasers and their applications to optical metrology.