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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13280–13287

Pulse compression and broadening by reflection from a moving front of a photonic crystal

Elena A. Ulchenko, Dirk Jalas, Alexander Yu. Petrov, Michel Castellanos Muñoz, Slawa Lang, and Manfred Eich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13280-13287 (2014)

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Previously, the effect of pulse bandwidth compression or broadening was observed in reflection from a moving front together with the Doppler shift. In this letter, an approach is presented, which alters pulse bandwidth without change in the central frequency. It occurs when light is reflected from a moving front of an otherwise stationary photonic crystal. This means that the photonic crystal lattice as such is stationary and only its boundary to the environment is moving, thus extruding (or shortening) the photonic crystal medium. The compression (broadening) factor depends on the front velocity and is the same as for the conventional Doppler shift. Complete reflection and transformation of the pulse can be achieved even with weak refractive index contrast, what makes the approach experimentally viable.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2630) Fiber optics and optical communications : Frequency modulation
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals
(130.7405) Integrated optics : Wavelength conversion devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: March 5, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014

Elena A. Ulchenko, Dirk Jalas, Alexander Yu. Petrov, Michel Castellanos Muñoz, Slawa Lang, and Manfred Eich, "Pulse compression and broadening by reflection from a moving front of a photonic crystal," Opt. Express 22, 13280-13287 (2014)

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