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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28029–28039

Fully programmable two-dimensional pulse shaper for broadband line-by-line amplitude and phase control

Andrew J. Metcalf, Victor Torres-Company, V.R. Supradeepa, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28029-28039 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.028029


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Abstract

We introduce a fully programmable two-dimensional (2D) pulse shaper, able to simultaneously control the amplitude and phase of very fine spectral components over a broad bandwidth. This is achieved by aligning two types of spectral dispersers in a cross dispersion setup: a virtually imaged phased array for accessing fine resolution and a transmission grating for achieving broad bandwidth. We take advantage of the resultant 2D dispersion profile as well as introduce programmability by adding a 2D liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulator at the masking plane. Our shaper has a resolution of ~3 GHz operating over the entire 'C' band of >5.8 THz. Experimental evidence is provided that highlights the full programmability, fine spectral control, and broad bandwidth operation (limited currently by the bandwidth of the input light). We also show line-by-line manipulation of record 836 comb lines over the C-band.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 3, 2013
Published: November 7, 2013

Citation
Andrew J. Metcalf, Victor Torres-Company, V.R. Supradeepa, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner, "Fully programmable two-dimensional pulse shaper for broadband line-by-line amplitude and phase control," Opt. Express 21, 28029-28039 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-23-28029


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