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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 24 — Dec. 2, 2013
  • pp: 29109–29119

Reconstruction of dynamical pulse trains via time-resolved multiheterodyne detection

T. Butler, B. Tykalewicz, D. Goulding, B. Kelleher, G. Huyet, and S. P. Hegarty  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 24, pp. 29109-29119 (2013)

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A multiheterodyne technique is presented which can accurately measure the complex spectrum and temporally reconstruct certain dynamic pulse trains. This technique is applied to periodic pulses formed in a LiNb03 Mach Zehnder modulator. The spectral amplitude and phase of 20 GHz 66% return-to-zero (RZ) pulses and 10 GHz 50% RZ pulses are measured, and compared to independent measurements from a high resolution optical spectrum analyser. The temporal pulse shape and phase is reconstructed and compared to high speed sampling oscilloscope measurements. This technique is applied to sections of a large single acquisition, allowing the reconstruction of frequency and amplitude modulated pulse trains.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2013
Published: November 18, 2013

T. Butler, B. Tykalewicz, D. Goulding, B. Kelleher, G. Huyet, and S. P. Hegarty, "Reconstruction of dynamical pulse trains via time-resolved multiheterodyne detection," Opt. Express 21, 29109-29119 (2013)

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