In a harmonically mode locked laser, the supermode noise peaks in the RF spectrum can be observed directly because they are separated from the driving frequency and its harmonics of the active mode locker. Using a simple theoretical model, we showed that the intensities of the supermode noise peaks will decrease if the coherence of the laser output decreases. We harmonically mode locked a Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) fiber laser to the third order. We observed that the supermode noise peak intensities decrease significantly when the detune between the sweeping frequency of the tunable filter and the cavity resonant frequency increases. It is therefore possible to use the supermode noise peaks to monitor the frequency detune of the tunable filter for auto-calibration of FDML fiber lasers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics