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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1239–1241

Electro-optic Michelson Gires Tournois modulator for optical information processing and optical fiber communications

Miao Yang, Claire Gu, and John Hong  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 17, pp. 1239-1241 (1999)

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We propose and demonstrate an electro-optic modulator based on a Michelson interferometer with a Gires–Tournois etalon (GTE, or asymmetric Fabry–Perot etalon) in one of the two arms. The insertion of a GTE significantly reduces the required interaction length or the operation voltage. Our experimental and theoretical results agree well. An extension of our setup to a waveguide configuration can lead to practical modulators and switches with greater compactness and reduced operation voltage for optical fiber communications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(200.3050) Optics in computing : Information processing
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(250.7360) Optoelectronics : Waveguide modulators

Miao Yang, Claire Gu, and John Hong, "Electro-optic Michelson Gires Tournois modulator for optical information processing and optical fiber communications," Opt. Lett. 24, 1239-1241 (1999)

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