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Self-starting picosecond optical pulse source using stimulated Brillouin scattering in an optical fiber.

Authors
  • Tang, W W
  • Shu, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Optics Express
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Feb 21, 2005
Volume
13
Issue
4
Pages
1328–1333
Identifiers
PMID: 19495006
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

We demonstrate a regeneratively mode-locked optical pulse source at about 10 GHz using an optoelectronic oscillator constructed with an electro-absorption modulator integrated distributed feedback laser diode. The 10 GHz RF component is derived from the interaction between the pump wave and the backscattered, frequency-downshifted Stokes wave resulted from stimulated Brillouin scattering in an optical fiber. The component serves as a modulation source for the 1556 nm laser diode without the need for any electrical or optical RF filter to perform the frequency extraction. Dispersion-compensated fiber, dispersion-shifted fiber, and standard single-mode fiber have been used respectively to generate optical pulses at variable repetition rates.

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