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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2011
  • pp: 858–860

Spectral self-imaging effect by time-domain multilevel phase modulation of a periodic pulse train

José Caraquitena, Marta Beltrán, Roberto Llorente, Javier Martí, and Miguel A. Muriel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 6, pp. 858-860 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000858


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Abstract

We propose and analyze a novel (to our knowledge) approach to implement the spectral self-imaging effect of optical frequency combs. The technique is based on time-domain multilevel phase-only modulation of a periodic optical pulse train. The method admits both infinite- and finite-duration periodic pulse sequences. We show that the fractional spectral self-imaging effect allows one to reduce by an integer factor the comb frequency spacing. Numerical simulation results support our theoretical analysis.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7085) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast information processing

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

History
Original Manuscript: May 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2010
Published: March 9, 2011

Citation
José Caraquitena, Marta Beltrán, Roberto Llorente, Javier Martí, and Miguel A. Muriel, "Spectral self-imaging effect by time-domain multilevel phase modulation of a periodic pulse train," Opt. Lett. 36, 858-860 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-6-858


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