A technique is proposed and experimentally demonstrated that achieves simultaneous optical pattern waveform storage and programmable time delay for continuous real-time signal processing by use of optical coherent transient technology. We achieve variable-time-delay and broadband signal processing by frequency shifting of two chirped programming pulses, the chirp rate of one being twice that of the other, without using brief reference pulses and without changing the timing of the programming sequence. We demonstrate the technique experimentally in Tm<sup>3+</sup>: YAG at 5 K for 40-MHz chirps by performing temporal signal convolution with true-time delays that vary over a 250-ns range.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
K. D. Merkel, W. R. Babbitt, K. E. Anderson, and K. H. Wagner, "Variable-time-delay optical coherent transient signal processing," Opt. Lett. 24, 1386-1388 (1999)