OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters

| RAPID, SHORT PUBLICATIONS ON THE LATEST IN OPTICAL DISCOVERIES

  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3234–3236

Generation of very flat optical frequency combs from continuous-wave lasers using cascaded intensity and phase modulators driven by tailored radio frequency waveforms

Rui Wu, V. R. Supradeepa, Christopher M. Long, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 19, pp. 3234-3236 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.003234


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (379 KB) Open Access





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

We demonstrate a scheme based on a cascade of lithium niobate intensity and phase modulators driven by specially tailored RF waveforms to generate an optical frequency comb with very high spectral flatness. In this Letter, we demonstrate a 10 GHz comb with 38 comb lines within a spectral power variation below 1 dB . The number of comb lines that can be generated is limited by the power handling capability of the phase modulator, and this can be scaled without compromising the spectral flatness. Furthermore, the spectral phase of the generated combs in our scheme is almost purely quadratic, which, as we will demonstrate, allows for high-quality pulse compression using only single-mode fiber.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2010
Published: September 23, 2010

Citation
Rui Wu, V. R. Supradeepa, Christopher M. Long, Daniel E. Leaird, and Andrew M. Weiner, "Generation of very flat optical frequency combs from continuous-wave lasers using cascaded intensity and phase modulators driven by tailored radio frequency waveforms," Opt. Lett. 35, 3234-3236 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-19-3234


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. H. Murata, A. Morimoto, T. Kobayashi, and S. Yamamoto, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 1325 (2000). [CrossRef]
  2. T. Ohara, H. Takara, T. Yamamoto, H. Masuda, T. Morioka, M. Abe, and H. Takahashi, J. Lightwave Technol. 24, 2311(2006). [CrossRef]
  3. J. Capmany and D. Novak, Nat. Photon. 1, 319 (2007). [CrossRef]
  4. Z. Jiang, C. B. Huang, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, Nat. Photon. 1, 463 (2007). [CrossRef]
  5. E. Hamidi, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, “Tunable programmable microwave photonic filters based on an optical frequency comb,” submitted to the joint special issue of IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Techn./J. Lightwave Technol. on microwave photonics.
  6. M. Fujiwara, M. Teshima, J. Kani, H. Suzuki, N. Takachio, and K. Iwatsuki, J. Lightwave Technol. 21, 2705 (2003). [CrossRef]
  7. T. Yamamoto, T. Komukai, K. Suzuki, and A. Takada, J. Lightwave Technol. 27, 4297 (2009). [CrossRef]
  8. I. Morohashi, T. Sakamoto, H. Sotobayashi, T. Kawanishi, I. Hosako, and M. Tsuchiya, Opt. Lett. 33, 1192 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. R. P. Scott, N. K. Fontaine, J. P. Heritage, B. H. Kolner, and S. J. B. Yaoo, in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper OWJ3. [PubMed]
  10. S. Ozharar, F. Quinlan, I. Ozdur, S. Gee, and P. J. Delfyett, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 36 (2008). [CrossRef]
  11. V. Torres-Company, J. Lancis, and P. Andrés, Opt. Lett. 33, 1822 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. B. H. Kolner and M. Nazarathy, Opt. Lett. 14, 630 (1989). [PubMed]
  13. M. T. Kauffman, W. C. Banyai, A. A. Godil, and D. M. Bloom, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 270 (1994). [CrossRef]
  14. A. M. Weiner, Ultrafast Optics (Wiley, 2009). [CrossRef]
  15. C.-B. Huang, Z. Jiang, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, Electron. Lett. 42, 1114 (2006). [CrossRef]
  16. J. van Howe, J. Hansryd, and C. Xu, Opt. Lett. 29, 1470(2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  17. V. R. Supradeepa, C. M. Long, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, Opt. Express 18, 18171 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Figures

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
 

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited