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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 19235–19240

Wideband, Efficient Optical Serrodyne Frequency Shifting with a Phase Modulator and a Nonlinear Transmission Line

Rachel Houtz, Cheong Chan, and Holger Müller  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 19235-19240 (2009)

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We report shifting of the frequency of an 850 nm laser with an instantaneous bandwidth of (350–1650) MHz and an efficiency between 35% (minimum) to 80% (best at frequencies around 600 and 1500 MHz) by phase modulation with a sawtooth waveform (“serrodyne frequency shifting”). We use a fiber-coupled traveling wave electro-optical modulator driven by a nonlinear transmission line.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(130.3730) Integrated optics : Lithium niobate
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2009
Published: October 8, 2009

Rachel Houtz, Cheong Chan, and Holger Müller, "Wideband, efficient optical serrodyne frequency shifting with a phase modulator and a nonlinear transmission Line," Opt. Express 17, 19235-19240 (2009)

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