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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3338–3340

Surface acoustic wave opto-mechanical oscillator and frequency comb generator

A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, V. S. Ilchenko, D. Seidel, and L. Maleki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 17, pp. 3338-3340 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003338


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Abstract

We report on realization of an efficient triply resonant coupling between two long lived optical modes and a high frequency surface acoustic wave (SAW) mode of the same monolithic crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator. The coupling results in an opto-mechanical oscillation and generation of a monochromatic SAW. A strong nonlinear interaction of this mechanical mode with other equidistant SAW modes leads to mechanical hyperparametric oscillation and generation of a SAW pulse train and associated frequency comb in the resonator. We visualized the comb by observing the modulation of the light escaping the resonator.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(290.5890) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 8, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2011
Published: August 19, 2011

Citation
A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, V. S. Ilchenko, D. Seidel, and L. Maleki, "Surface acoustic wave opto-mechanical oscillator and frequency comb generator," Opt. Lett. 36, 3338-3340 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-17-3338

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