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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 745–747

Broadband optical serrodyne frequency shifting

D. M.S. Johnson, J. M. Hogan, S.-w. Chiow, and M. A. Kasevich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 5, pp. 745-747 (2010)

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We demonstrate serrodyne frequency shifting of light from 200 MHz to 1.2 GHz with an efficiency of better than 60%. The frequency shift is imparted by an electro-optic phase modulator driven by a high-frequency high-fidelity sawtooth waveform that is passively generated by a commercially available nonlinear transmission line. We also implement a push–pull configuration using two serrodyne-driven phase modulators, allowing for continuous tuning between 1.6 GHz and + 1.6 GHz . Compared with competing technologies, this technique is simple and robust, and it offers the largest available tuning range in this frequency band.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2010
Published: February 26, 2010

D. M. S. Johnson, J. M. Hogan, S.-w. Chiow, and M. A. Kasevich, "Broadband optical serrodyne frequency shifting," Opt. Lett. 35, 745-747 (2010)

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