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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 26 — Dec. 25, 2006
  • pp: 13164–13176

The impact of optical comb stability on waveforms generated via spectral line-by-line pulse shaping

Chen-Bin Huang, Zhi Jiang, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 26, pp. 13164-13176 (2006)

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Optical arbitrary waveform generation using the line-by-line pulse shaping technique has been shown to be sensitive to variations in the offset frequency of the input frequency comb due to time-domain waveform interference. Here we present a frequency-domain model that is able to predict waveform changes arising from offset frequency variations. In experiments we controllably shift the frequency of a comb derived from a phase-modulated CW laser, which allows us to quantitatively investigate waveforms generated by pulse shaping as a function of offset frequency. Experimental data are in excellent agreement with the predictions of our frequency-domain model. In addition, we propose and analyze new waveforms designed for monitoring of offset frequency variations by pulse shaping.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: October 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2006
Published: December 22, 2006

Chen-Bin Huang, Zhi Jiang, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner, "The impact of optical comb stability on waveforms generated via spectral line-by-line pulse shaping," Opt. Express 14, 13164-13176 (2006)

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