Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a method for quasi storage of light based on periodic spectral filtering realized in the time domain by amplitude modulation using frequency-to-time conversion. The delay can be tuned in a wide range by changing the frequency of an electrical modulation signal. In our experiments, the delay of single 2.5ps pulses varied by 66 pulse widths. The technique works equally well for more complex optical data packets. Contrary to known approaches, the method has a very large spectral bandwidth and can be implemented by either fiber or integrated solutions using existing technologies. Because of the large bandwidth, fractional delays up to several tens of thousands of pulse widths can be achieved potentially for subpicosecond pulses, which is a tremendous value regarding the implementation simplicity.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

Y. Okawachi, M. S. Bigelow, J. E. Sharping, Z. Zhu, A. Schweinsberg, D. J. Gauthier, R. W. Boyd, and A. L. Gaeta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 153902 (2005).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Y. Okawachi, M. S. Bigelow, J. E. Sharping, Z. Zhu, A. Schweinsberg, D. J. Gauthier, R. W. Boyd, and A. L. Gaeta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 153902 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. Haner and W. S. Warren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 52, 1458 (1988).
[CrossRef]

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Zhu, Z.

Y. Okawachi, M. S. Bigelow, J. E. Sharping, Z. Zhu, A. Schweinsberg, D. J. Gauthier, R. W. Boyd, and A. L. Gaeta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 153902 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

M. Haner and W. S. Warren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 52, 1458 (1988).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. (1)

G. Lenz, B. J. Eggleton, C. K. Madsen, and R. E. Slusher, IEEE J. Quantum. Electron. 37, 525 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (2)

M. Saruwatari, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 1363 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. N. Fittinghoff, B. C. Walker, J. A. Squier, C. S. Toth, C. Rose-Petruck, and C. P. J. Barty, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 4, 430 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

D. F. Geraghty, R. Salem, M. A. Foster, and A. L. Gaeta, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 20, 487 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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

Nat. Photon. (2)

M. A. Foster, R. Salem, Y. Okawachi, A. C. Turner-Foster, M. Lipson, and A. L. GaetaNat. Photon. 3, 581 (2009).
[CrossRef]

T. F. Krauss, Nat. Photon. 2, 448 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (4)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opt. Switch. Network. (1)

E. F. Burmeister, D. J. Blumenthal, and J. E. Bowers, Opt. Switch. Network. 5, 10 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A. (1)

Z. Dutton and L. V. Hau, Phys. Rev. A. 70, 053831 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

Y. Okawachi, M. S. Bigelow, J. E. Sharping, Z. Zhu, A. Schweinsberg, D. J. Gauthier, R. W. Boyd, and A. L. Gaeta, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 153902 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Basic schematic of the method: IM, intensity modulator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental results for sampling waveforms with various repetition rates.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Fractional delay and advancement as a function of the sampling waveform repetition rate. The black line shows the advancement and the blue line shows the delay obtained for the experimental setup parameters using Eq. (1). The red squares show the measured delay, and the green circles show the measured advancement. The red and green lines show the linear fit of the measured advancement and delay.

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T d = k 2 R = D λ 2 c R ,

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