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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2002
  • pp: 1145–1150

Optical pulse shaping using optical coherent transients

Zeb W. Barber, Mingzhen Tian, Randy R. Reibel, and W. Randall Babbitt  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 20, pp. 1145-1150 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.10.001145


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Abstract

Using multiple temporally-overlapped, frequency offset and phase-tuned, linear frequency chirps, a new method of multi-GHz optical coherent transient optical pulse shaping and processing in inhomogeneously broadened rare-earth doped crystals is proposed. Using this technique with properly chirped laser sources, multi-GHz processing can be controlled with conventional low-bandwidth electronics and optical modulators. Specifically, this technique enables pulse shaping in the MHz to THz frequency regime with time-bandwidth-products exceeding 100,000, filling the gap between the operating regimes of femtosecond pulse shaping and analog electronics. The low bandwidth (~20 MHz) proof-of-concept demonstrations presented in this paper include pulse train creation, self-convolution, auto-correlation, and chirped pulse compression.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(300.6240) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent transient
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: July 24, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 2002
Published: October 7, 2002

Citation
Zeb Barber, Mingzhen Tian, Randy Reibel, and W. Babbitt, "Optical pulse shaping using optical coherent transients," Opt. Express 10, 1145-1150 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-10-20-1145


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