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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 10059–10070

Processing of optical combs with fiber optic parametric amplifiers

R. Slavík, J. Kakande, P. Petropoulos, and D. J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 10059-10070 (2012)

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Low noise optical frequency combs consist of equally spaced narrow-linewidth optical tones. They are useful in many applications including, for example, line-by-line pulse shaping, THz generation, and coherent communications. In such applications the comb spacing, extent of spectral coverage, degree of spectral flatness, optical tone power and tone-to-noise ratio represent key considerations. Simultaneously achieving the level of performance required in each of these parameters is often challenging using existing comb generation technologies. Herein we suggest and demonstrate how fiber optic parametric amplifiers can be used to enhance all of these key comb parameters, allowing frequency span multiplication, low noise amplification with simultaneous comb spectrum flattening, and improvement in optical tone-to-noise ratio through various phase insensitive as well as phase sensitive implementations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2012
Published: April 18, 2012

R. Slavík, J. Kakande, P. Petropoulos, and D. J. Richardson, "Processing of optical combs with fiber optic parametric amplifiers," Opt. Express 20, 10059-10070 (2012)

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