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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1984
  • pp: 128–130

Generation of microwaves by mixing two optical frequencies in a nonlinear crystal: a novel approach to high-bandwidth optical mixers

N. H. Tran, R. Kachru, T. F. Gallagher, J. P. Watjen, and G. C. Bjorklund  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 9, Issue 4, pp. 128-130 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.9.000128


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Abstract

Optical mixing of waves separated in frequency by many gigahertz can be accomplished by allowing the waves to mix in a nonlinear medium to generate microwave difference frequencies. This basis for high-bandwidth optical mixers is demonstrated by mixing optical frequencies ~4 GHz apart of a pulsed dye-laser beam at ~660 nm in a LiTaO3 crystal to produce readily detectable microwave power at ~4 GHz.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 23, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: January 13, 1984
Published: April 1, 1984

Citation
N. H. Tran, J. P. Watjen, G. C. Bjorklund, R. Kachru, and T. F. Gallagher, "Generation of microwaves by mixing two optical frequencies in a nonlinear crystal: a novel approach to high-bandwidth optical mixers," Opt. Lett. 9, 128-130 (1984)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-9-4-128

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