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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 19930–19940

Fast wideband source tuning by extra-cavity parametric process

Bill P.-P. Kuo and Stojan Radic  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 19930-19940 (2010)

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Fundamental and practical performance limits of continuously tunable optical sources using extra-cavity mixing process are examined. While the parametric process cannot overcome the fundamental tunable limit set by the uncertainty principle, it offers a new path in overcoming the practical performance limits associated with conventional tunable lasers. Specifically, cavity reconfiguration speed is recognized as a limiting process in all tunable lasers that cannot be circumvented by any conventional approach. Recognizing this barrier, we introduce and experimentally demonstrate a decoupling concept that relies on extra-cavity mixing to increase the tuning speed and range of any tunable laser source.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2010
Published: September 3, 2010

Bill P.-P. Kuo and Stojan Radic, "Fast wideband source tuning by extra-cavity parametric process," Opt. Express 18, 19930-19940 (2010)

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