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All-optical frequency and intensity noise suppression of single-frequency fiber laser

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An all-optical frequency and intensity noise suppression technique of a single-frequency fiber laser is demonstrated. By exploiting the recursive noise reduction effect of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) in a self-injection locked fiber laser, the frequency and intensity noise of the laser are remarkably suppressed in a significantly wide frequency range. In addition to the linewidth suppression from 3.5 kHz to 700 Hz, the frequency noise has been reduced by 25dB. After suppression, the relative intensity noise (RIN) is within 5 dB of the shot noise limit at frequencies from 1.5 to 3 MHz, and the frequency range of the suppression reaches about 30 MHz. The relaxation oscillation peak is observed to shift to lower frequencies and is reduced by about 35 dB from 90dB/Hz to 125dB/Hz. It is believed that the achieved low noise makes the fiber laser a promising candidate in applications such as ultra-long haul coherent optical communication and LIDAR.

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