We propose a new, to our knowledge, method for an all-optical analog-to-digital converter by using self-frequency shifting in a fiber and a pulse-shaping technique. Preliminary experimental results show that various digitized temporal bit signals can be generated by the variation of the power of an ultrashort analog input pulse of less than 1 ps.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
Tsuyoshi Konishi, Kazunori Tanimura, Kousuke Asano, Yoshinori Oshita, and Yoshiki Ichioka, "All-optical analog-to-digital converter by use of self-frequency shifting in fiber and a pulse-shaping technique," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 2817-2823 (2002)