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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 28 — Dec. 31, 2012
  • pp: 29284–29295

Observation of correlation between route to formation, coherence, noise, and communication performance of Kerr combs

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


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 28, pp. 29284-29295 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.029284


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Abstract

Microresonator optical frequency combs based on cascaded four-wave mixing are potentially attractive as a multi-wavelength source for on-chip optical communications. In this paper we compare time domain coherence, radio-frequency (RF) intensity noise, and individual line optical communications performance for combs generated from two different silicon nitride microresonators. The comb generated by one microresonator forms directly with lines spaced by a single free spectral range (FSR) and exhibits high coherence, low noise, and excellent 10 Gbit/s optical communications results. The comb generated by the second microresonator forms initially with multiple FSR line spacing, with additional lines later filling to reach single FSR spacing. This comb exhibits degraded coherence, increased intensity noise, and severely degraded communications performance. This study is to our knowledge the first to simultaneously investigate and observe a correlation between the route to comb formation, the coherence, noise, and optical communications performance of a Kerr comb.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(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: October 31, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2012
Published: December 17, 2012

Citation
Pei-Hsun Wang, Fahmida Ferdous, Houxun Miao, Jian Wang, Daniel E. Leaird, Kartik Srinivasan, Lei Chen, Vladimir Aksyuk, and Andrew M. Weiner, "Observation of correlation between route to formation, coherence, noise, and communication performance of Kerr combs," Opt. Express 20, 29284-29295 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-28-29284


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