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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 4 — Feb. 21, 2005
  • pp: 1328–1333

Self-starting picosecond optical pulse source using stimulated Brillouin scattering in an optical fiber

W. W. Tang and C. Shu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp. 1328-1333 (2005)

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We demonstrate a regeneratively mode-locked optical pulse source at about 10 GHz using an optoelectronic oscillator constructed with an electro-absorption modulator integrated distributed feedback laser diode. The 10 GHz RF component is derived from the interaction between the pump wave and the backscattered, frequency-downshifted Stokes wave resulted from stimulated Brillouin scattering in an optical fiber. The component serves as a modulation source for the 1556 nm laser diode without the need for any electrical or optical RF filter to perform the frequency extraction. Dispersion-compensated fiber, dispersion-shifted fiber, and standard single-mode fiber have been used respectively to generate optical pulses at variable repetition rates.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 27, 2004
Published: February 21, 2005

W. W. Tang and C. Shu, "Self-starting picosecond optical pulse source using stimulated Brillouin scattering in an optical fiber," Opt. Express 13, 1328-1333 (2005)

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