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Optical comb generator as an efficient short-pulse source

Macfarlane, G., Bell, A.S., Riis, E., and Ferguson, A.I. (1996) Optical comb generator as an efficient short-pulse source. Optics Letters, 21 (7). pp. 534-536. ISSN 0146-9592 (doi:10.1364/OL.21.000534)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.000534

Abstract

We demonstrate a novel technique for converting a continuous-wave laser beam into a stable train of short pulses with a high repetition rate. The system, which is generally applicable, is based on a purely passive coupled-cavity optical frequency comb generator, which ensures a high overall efficiency. The repetition rate of the device is determined by the drive frequency of an electro-optic modulator and the pulse width by the rf power applied to the modulator. We have observed pulses down to 3.3 ps long at a 5.34-GHz repetition rate and an overall efficiency of 11%. The experimental results for pulse shape and width show excellent quantitative agreement with the results of a simple model

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Bell, Dr Angus
Authors: Macfarlane, G., Bell, A.S., Riis, E., and Ferguson, A.I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Letters
ISSN:0146-9592
ISSN (Online):1539-4794

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