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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 44, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1263–1269

Generation of a superstable Lorentzian pulse train with a high repetition frequency based on a Fabry–Perot resonator integrated with an electro-optic phase modulator

Masao Kato, Kazuo Fujiura, and Takashi Kurihara  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 7, pp. 1263-1269 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.001263


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Abstract

A simple technique for converting a continuous-wave laser beam into a stable Lorentzian pulse train with a high repetition frequency is demonstrated experimentally. We generated transform-limited pulses of up to 40 GHz, which were composed of higher-order sidebands produced by a Fabry–Perot resonator integrated with an electro-optic phase modulator (EOM). The rf power supplied to the EOM determines the pulse width in the pulse train. This approach enables the pulse width to be continuously tuned from 2.1 to 7.0 ps at the same repetition frequency without any wavelength shift. Furthermore, we experimentally evaluated the stability of the pulse train’s amplitude and obtained stable bit-error-free operation at 9.95 GHz.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 11, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 3, 2004
Published: March 1, 2005

Citation
Masao Kato, Kazuo Fujiura, and Takashi Kurihara, "Generation of a superstable Lorentzian pulse train with a high repetition frequency based on a Fabry–Perot resonator integrated with an electro-optic phase modulator," Appl. Opt. 44, 1263-1269 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-7-1263

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