Abstract

In this paper, we propose a new approach for the generation of ultralow jitter optical pulses using optoelectronic microwave oscillators. The short pulses are obtained through time-lens soliton-assisted compression of sinusoidally modulated prepulses, which are self-started from a conventional single-loop optoelectronic oscillator. The inherent ultralow phase noise of optoelectronic oscillators is converted into ultralow timing jitter for the generated pulses. We provide a time-domain model for the slowly varying amplitudes of the microwave and optical oscillations, and our analytical study is confirmed by numerical simulations and experimental measurements. We demonstrate the generation of 4.1 ps pulses along with a microwave whose phase noise is $-$140 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz from the 10 GHz carrier, with 2.7fs jitter in the 1–10 kHz frequency band.

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2009 (1)

Y. K. Chembo, K. Volyanskiy, L. Larger, E. Rubiola, P. Colet, "Determination of phase noise spectra in optoelectronic microwave oscillators: A Langevin approach," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 178-186 (2009).

2008 (1)

Y. K. Chembo, L. Larger, P. Colet, "Nonlinear dynamics and spectral stability of optoelectronic microwave oscillators," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44, 858-866 (2008).

2007 (3)

Y. Jiang, J.-L. Yu, H. Hu, W.-R. Wang, Y.-T. Wang, E.-Z. Yang, "Phase-modulator-based optoelectronic oscillator for generating short optical pulse and microwave signal," Opt. Eng. Lett. 46, 090502-1-090502-3 (2007).

H. Hu, J. Yu, N. Bai, L. Zhang, A. Zhang, W. Wang, E. Yang, "10 GHz 1.6 ps optical pulse generation with 84 fs timing jitter," Electron. Lett. 43, 1222 -1223 (2007).

Y. K. Chembo, L. Larger, H. Tavernier, R. Bendoula, E. Rubiola, P. Colet, "Dynamic instabilities of microwaves generated with optoelectronic oscillators," Opt. Lett. 32, 2571-2573 (2007).

2005 (3)

2003 (2)

J. Lasri, P. Devgan, R. Tang, P. Kumar, "Self-starting optoelectronic oscillator for generating ultra-low jitter high-rate (10 GHz or higher) optical pulses," Opt. Exp. 11, 1430-1435 (2003).

J. Yu, "A simple and stable method to generate ultra-short optical pulse by using EAM and fibers," Opt. Commun. 225, 307-311 (2003).

1997 (1)

1996 (2)

X. S. Yao, L. Maleki, "Optoelectronic microwave oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B, Opt. Phys. 13, 1725-1735 (1996).

X. S. Yao, L. Maleki, "Optoelectronic oscillator for photonic systems," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1141-1149 (1996).

Electron. Lett. (1)

H. Hu, J. Yu, N. Bai, L. Zhang, A. Zhang, W. Wang, E. Yang, "10 GHz 1.6 ps optical pulse generation with 84 fs timing jitter," Electron. Lett. 43, 1222 -1223 (2007).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

X. S. Yao, L. Maleki, "Optoelectronic oscillator for photonic systems," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1141-1149 (1996).

Y. K. Chembo, L. Larger, P. Colet, "Nonlinear dynamics and spectral stability of optoelectronic microwave oscillators," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44, 858-866 (2008).

Y. K. Chembo, K. Volyanskiy, L. Larger, E. Rubiola, P. Colet, "Determination of phase noise spectra in optoelectronic microwave oscillators: A Langevin approach," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 178-186 (2009).

J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B, Opt. Phys. (1)

X. S. Yao, L. Maleki, "Optoelectronic microwave oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B, Opt. Phys. 13, 1725-1735 (1996).

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. Yu, "A simple and stable method to generate ultra-short optical pulse by using EAM and fibers," Opt. Commun. 225, 307-311 (2003).

Opt. Eng. Lett. (1)

Y. Jiang, J.-L. Yu, H. Hu, W.-R. Wang, Y.-T. Wang, E.-Z. Yang, "Phase-modulator-based optoelectronic oscillator for generating short optical pulse and microwave signal," Opt. Eng. Lett. 46, 090502-1-090502-3 (2007).

Opt. Exp. (2)

M. Hanna, P.-A. Lacourt, S. Poinsot, J. M. Dudley, "Optical pulse generation using soliton-assisted time-lens compression," Opt. Exp. 13, 1743-1748 (2005).

J. Lasri, P. Devgan, R. Tang, P. Kumar, "Self-starting optoelectronic oscillator for generating ultra-low jitter high-rate (10 GHz or higher) optical pulses," Opt. Exp. 11, 1430-1435 (2003).

Opt. Lett. (4)

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