Abstract

A simple technique for converting a continuous-wave laser beam into a stable Lorentzian pulse train with a high repetition frequency is demonstrated experimentally. We generated transform-limited pulses of up to 40 GHz, which were composed of higher-order sidebands produced by a Fabry–Perot resonator integrated with an electro-optic phase modulator (EOM). The rf power supplied to the EOM determines the pulse width in the pulse train. This approach enables the pulse width to be continuously tuned from 2.1 to 7.0 ps at the same repetition frequency without any wavelength shift. Furthermore, we experimentally evaluated the stability of the pulse train’s amplitude and obtained stable bit-error-free operation at 9.95 GHz.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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