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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 19 — Sep. 10, 2012
  • pp: 21033–21043

Probing coherence in microcavity frequency combs via optical pulse shaping

Fahmida Ferdous, Houxun Miao, Pei-Hsun Wang, Daniel E. Leaird, Kartik Srinivasan, Lei Chen, Vladimir Aksyuk, and Andrew M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 19, pp. 21033-21043 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.021033


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Abstract

Abstract: Recent investigations of microcavity frequency combs based on cascaded four-wave mixing have revealed a link between the evolution of the optical spectrum and the observed temporal coherence. Here we study a silicon nitride microresonator for which the initial four-wave mixing sidebands are spaced by multiple free spectral ranges (FSRs) from the pump. Additional lines then fill in to yield a comb with single FSR spacing, resulting in partial coherence. By using a pulse shaper to select and manipulate the phase of various subsets of spectral lines, we are able to probe the structure of the coherence within the partially coherent comb. Our data demonstrate strong variation in the degree of mutual coherence between different groups of lines and provide support for a simple model of partially coherent comb formation.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(130.3990) Integrated optics : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2012
Published: August 29, 2012

Citation
Fahmida Ferdous, Houxun Miao, Pei-Hsun Wang, Daniel E. Leaird, Kartik Srinivasan, Lei Chen, Vladimir Aksyuk, and Andrew M. Weiner, "Probing coherence in microcavity frequency combs via optical pulse shaping," Opt. Express 20, 21033-21043 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-19-21033


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