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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 288–290

Photonic ultrawideband monocycle pulse generation using a single electro-optic modulator

Jianqiang Li, Songnian Fu, Kun Xu, Jian Wu, Jintong Lin, Ming Tang, and P. Shum  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 288-290 (2008)

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A compact approach to photonic-assisted ultrawideband (UWB) monocycle pulse generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated based on the wavelength dependence of the half-wave voltage of a Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM). By employing a single MZM with dual-wavelength injection at around 1310 and 1550 nm , a pair of polarity-reversed monocycle pulses with the full width at half-maximum of about 80 ps and the fractional bandwidth of greater than 160% can be generated. The experiment results agree well with the theoretical prediction. The simple setup and the convenience to control the monocycle pulse polarity are favorable for future applications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2007
Published: January 31, 2008

Jianqiang Li, Songnian Fu, Kun Xu, Jian Wu, Jintong Lin, Ming Tang, and P. Shum, "Photonic ultrawideband monocycle pulse generation using a single electro-optic modulator," Opt. Lett. 33, 288-290 (2008)

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