We present a theoretical and experimental study of passively mode-locked optoelectronic oscillators that generate a single-cycle pulse train with an autonomous envelope-carrier phase locking. The theoretical study is performed by developing a numerical simulation. A good agreement is achieved between the theoretical and the experimental results. We theoretically study the effect of the periodic frequency dependence of the dispersion coefficient on the generation of a single-cycle pulse train with an autonomous envelope-carrier phase locking. The timing jitter is experimentally measured by performing a spectral analysis of the pulse train. The spectral analysis suggests a timing jitter of about 5 ps by using an integration bandwidth of 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The measured jitter is compared to the result of the numerical simulation and to an analytical expression.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2012
Published: December 12, 2012
Etgar C. Levy and Moshe Horowitz, "Theoretical and experimental study of passive mode-locked optoelectronic oscillators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 107-112 (2013)