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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 15065–15074

Generation of ultrahigh and tunable repetition rates in CW injection-seeded frequency-shifted feedback lasers

H. Guillet de Chatellus, O. Jacquin, O. Hugon, W. Glastre, E. Lacot, and J. Marklof  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 15065-15074 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.015065


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Abstract

We show both theoretically and experimentally that frequency-shifted feedback (FSF) lasers seeded with a single frequency laser can generate Fourier transform-limited pulses with a repetition rate tunable and limited by the spectral bandwidth of the laser. We demonstrate experimentally in a FSF laser with a 150 GHz spectral bandwidth, the generation of 6 ps-duration pulses at repetition rates tunable over more than two orders of magnitude between 0.24 and 37 GHz, by steps of 80 MHz. A simple linear analytical model i.e. ignoring both dynamic and non-linear effects, is sufficient to account for the experimental results. This possibility opens new perspectives for various applications where lasers with ultra-high repetition rates are required, from THz generation to ultrafast data processing systems.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2013
Published: June 17, 2013

Citation
H. Guillet de Chatellus, O. Jacquin, O. Hugon, W. Glastre, E. Lacot, and J. Marklof, "Generation of ultrahigh and tunable repetition rates in CW injection-seeded frequency-shifted feedback lasers," Opt. Express 21, 15065-15074 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-13-15065


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