Abstract

Optical frequency combs are used as local oscillators for the measurement and analysis of unknown optical waveforms with periodic time domain structures. Experimental results obtained by heterodyning pulsed and phase-modulated laser sources are presented. The analysis is then extended to the heterodyning and sampling of bandlimited incoherent light sources. It is shown theoretically and experimentlly that the correlations between photodetected white light at different times can generate RF interference that is sensitive to the optical phase.

© 2011 IEEE

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