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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2013
  • pp: 525–527

Chaotic dynamics of frequency combs generated with continuously pumped nonlinear microresonators

A. B. Matsko, W. Liang, A. A. Savchenkov, and L. Maleki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 4, pp. 525-527 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.000525


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Abstract

We theoretically and experimentally investigate the chaotic regime of optical frequency combs generated in nonlinear ring microresonators pumped with continuous wave light. We show that the chaotic regime reveals itself by a flat top symmetric envelope of the frequency spectrum, when observed by means of an optical spectrum analyzer. The comb, demodulated on a fast photodiode, produces a noisy radio frequency signal with spectral width significantly exceeding the linear bandwidth of the microresonator mode. We discuss practical ways of excitation of a coherent frequency comb and avoiding the chaotic regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2013
Published: February 12, 2013

Citation
A. B. Matsko, W. Liang, A. A. Savchenkov, and L. Maleki, "Chaotic dynamics of frequency combs generated with continuously pumped nonlinear microresonators," Opt. Lett. 38, 525-527 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-4-525

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