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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2003
  • pp: 333–342

Whispering-gallery-mode electro-optic modulator and photonic microwave receiver

Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Andrey B. Matsko, and Lute Maleki  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 333-342 (2003)

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We report on the experimental observation of efficient all-resonant three-wave mixing using high-Q whispering-gallery modes. The modes were excited in a millimeter size toroidal cavity fabricated from LiNbO3. We implemented a low-noise resonant electro-optic modulator based on this wave mixing process. We observe an efficient modulation of light with coherent microwave pumping at 9 GHz with applied power of approximately 10 mW. Used as a receiver, the modulator allows us to detect nanowatt microwave radiation. Preliminary results with a 33-GHz modulator prototype are also reported. We present a theoretical interpretation of the experimental results and discuss possible applications of the device.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(230.0040) Optical devices : Detectors
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Anatoliy A. Savchenkov, Andrey B. Matsko, and Lute Maleki, "Whispering-gallery-mode electro-optic modulator and photonic microwave receiver," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 333-342 (2003)

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