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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 26 — Dec. 21, 2009
  • pp: 23712–23718

Optical frequency comb generation based on repeated frequency shifting using two Mach-Zehnder modulators and an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer

Wangzhe Li and Jianping Yao  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 26, pp. 23712-23718 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.023712


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Abstract

A novel approach to generating an optical frequency comb based on repeated frequency shifting is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The frequency shifting is implemented via optical carrier suppression and single-sideband modulation using two Mach-Zehnder modulators in conjunction with a bidirectional asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer with wavelength-shifted transmission spectra along the opposite directions. A theoretical analysis is performed, which is confirmed by a proof-of-concept experiment. A stable optical comb covering a spectral range of 0.18 THz is generated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2009
Published: December 11, 2009

Citation
Wangzhe Li and Jianping Yao, "Optical frequency comb generation based on repeated frequency shifting using two Mach-Zehnder modulators and an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer," Opt. Express 17, 23712-23718 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-26-23712


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