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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 1 — Jan. 2, 2012
  • pp: 414–425

Chipscale, single-shot gated ultrafast optical recorder

Ta-Ming Shih, Chris H. Sarantos, Susan M. Haynes, and John E. Heebner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 414-425 (2012)

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We introduce a novel, chipscale device capable of single-shot ultrafast recording with picosecond-scale resolution over hundreds of picoseconds of record length. The device consists of two vertically-stacked III-V planar waveguides forming a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, and makes use of a transient, optically-induced phase difference to sample a temporal waveform injected into the waveguides. The pump beam is incident on the chip from above in the form of a diagonally-oriented stripe focused by a cylindrical lens. Due to time-of-flight, this diagonal orientation enables the sampling window to be shifted linearly in time as a function of position across the lateral axis of the waveguides. This time-to-space mapping allows an ordinary camera to record the ultrafast waveform with high fidelity. We investigate the theoretical limits of this technique, present a simulation of device operation, and report a proof-of-concept experiment in GaAs, demonstrating picosecond-scale resolution over 140 ps of record length.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2011
Published: December 21, 2011

Ta-Ming Shih, Chris H. Sarantos, Susan M. Haynes, and John E. Heebner, "Chipscale, single-shot gated ultrafast optical recorder," Opt. Express 20, 414-425 (2012)

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