Abstract

The performance of incoherent pulse shaping based on temporal gating and dispersive propagation of a broadband incoherent optical source is analyzed. The average temporal intensity of the dispersed gated source is essentially proportional to the spectral density of the incoherent source scaled along the temporal axis; therefore temporal waveforms are synthesized by spectral density modulation of the incoherent source. Although the coherence time of the shaped waveform is longer than that of the initial incoherent source, the shaped-intensity probability density function at any given time is identical to the probability density function of a polarized incoherent source. This restricts the signal-to-noise ratio of the shaped waveform to 1. Statistical analysis describes how the signal-to-noise ratio is affected by polarization multiplexing and averaging over multiple realizations of the incoherent process. The signal-to-noise ratio of high-speed electric waveforms generated by photodetection of the shaped optical waveform is described.

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2007 (1)

2006 (1)

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[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

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[CrossRef]

2001 (2)

2000 (2)

1999 (1)

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[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

Andrés, P.

Belabas, N.

Binjrajka, V.

Bousquet, B.

Canioni, L.

Chang, C.-C.

Chen, L. R.

Cheng, Z.

Chou, J.

J. Chou, Y. Han, and B. Jalali, "Adaptive RF-photonic arbitrary waveform generator," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 581-583 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Dorrer, C.

Emanuel, A.W. R.

Feurer, T.

Hacker, M.

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J. Chou, Y. Han, and B. Jalali, "Adaptive RF-photonic arbitrary waveform generator," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 581-583 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Jalali, B.

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[CrossRef]

Joffre, M.

Lancis, J.

Laude, V.

Leaird, D. E.

Likforman, J.-P.

Lucza, T.

Sauerbrey, R.

Spielmann, Ch.

Szabo, G.

Torres-Company, V.

Tournois, P.

Verluise, F.

Wang, L.

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[CrossRef]

Weiner, A. M.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

V. Binjrajka, C.-C. Chang, A.W. R. Emanuel, D. E. Leaird, and A. M. Weiner, "Pulse shaping of incoherent light by use of a liquid-crystal modulator array," Opt. Lett. 21, 1756-1758 (1996).
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IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (2)

V. Torres-Company, J. Lancis, and P. Andrés, "Arbitrary waveform generator based on all-incoherent pulse shaping," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2626−2628 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Chou, Y. Han, and B. Jalali, "Adaptive RF-photonic arbitrary waveform generator," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 15, 581-583 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Comm. (1)

L. Wang and A. M. Weiner, "Programmable spectral phase coding of an amplified spontaneous emission light source," Opt. Comm. 167, 211-224 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

A. M. Weiner, "Femtosecond pulse shaping using spatial light modulators," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 71, 1929−1960 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

V. Torres-Company, J. Lancis, P. Andrés, and L. R. Chen, "20 GHz arbitrary radio-frequency waveform generator based on incoherent pulse shaping," Opt. Express 16, 564-569 (2008).

L. Mandel and E. Wolf, Optical coherence and quantum optics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1995).

J. W. Goodman, Statistical optics, Wiley series in pure and applied optics (Wiley, New York, 1985).

J. W. Goodman, Speckle phenomena in optics: Theory and applications, 1st ed. (Roberts and Company Publishers, Englewood, CO, 2006).

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