Ultralow phase noise microwave generation with an Er:fiber-based optical frequency divider

  • Quinlan F
  • Fortier T
  • Kirchner M
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We present an optical frequency divider based on a 200 MHz repetition rate Er:fiber mode-locked laser that, when locked to a stable optical frequency reference, generates microwave signals with absolute phase noise that is equal to or better than cryogenic microwave oscillators. At 1 Hz offset from a 10 GHz carrier, the phase noise is below -100 dBc/Hz, limited by the optical reference. For offset frequencies >10 kHz, the phase noise is shot noise limited at -145 dBc/Hz. An analysis of the contribution of the residual noise from the Er:fiber optical frequency divider is also presented.

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  • Franklyn Quinlan

  • Tara M. Fortier

  • Matthew S. Kirchner

  • Jennifer A. Taylor

  • Michael J. Thorpe

  • Nathan Lemke

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