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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 12 — Jun. 16, 2003
  • pp: 1430–1435

Self-starting optoelectronic oscillator for generating ultra-low-jitter high-rate (10GHz or higher) optical pulses

Jacob Lasri, Preetpaul Devgan, Renyong Tang, and Prem Kumar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 12, pp. 1430-1435 (2003)

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We demonstrate a novel, self-starting optoelectronic oscillator based on an electro-absorption modulator in a fiber-extended cavity for generating an optical pulse stream with high-rate and ultra-low jitter capabilities. Optical pulses at 10GHz repetition rate are demonstrated with >90dBc/Hz side-mode suppression and the lowest timing jitter (42fs in the 100Hz–1MHz range) reported to date for a self-starting source. Along with the optical pulse stream, the oscillator also generates a 10GHz electrical signal with ultra-low phase noise.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves

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Original Manuscript: April 29, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2003
Published: June 16, 2003

Jacob Lasri, Preetpaul Devgan, Renyong Tang, and Prem Kumar, "Self-starting optoelectronic oscillator for generating ultra-low-jitter high-rate (10GHz or higher) optical pulses," Opt. Express 11, 1430-1435 (2003)

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