We propose to use photon echoes in rare-earth-doped crystals to implement the Fourier-transform chirp algorithm. The process is considered for application to spectral analysis of fast radio-frequency signals. Compared with surface acoustic wave devices, the proposed scheme gives access to the larger bandwidths of rare-earth-doped crystals and greater flexibility. An experimental demonstration of the proposed process is reported.

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Afzelius, M.

Altner, S. B.

Anderson, K. E.

Babbit, W. R.

Babbitt, W. R.

Bai, Y. S.

Boggs, B.

Cabaret, L.

Cone, R. L.

Equall, R. W.

Graf, F. R.

Greiner, C.

Gustafsson, U.

Harris, T. L.

Kröll, S.

Le Gouët, J.-L.

Lin, H.

Lorgeré, I.

Maniloff, E.

Ménager, L.

Merkel, K. D.

Mohan, R. K.

Mossberg, T. W.

Ohlsson, N.

Plagemann, B. H.

Renn, A.

Ritcey, J. A.

Sun, Y.

Wagner, K. H.

Wang, T.

Wang, X.

Wild, U. P.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Complete exciting sequence and echo signal in the demonstration experiment and (b) laser frequency chirps during the sequence; A, first chirp, rate 2r; B, second chirp, rate -2r; C, third chirp, rate r, modulated by square pulses; D, echo signal; PM, photomultiplier.

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Fig. 2

Schematic of the experimental setup.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Echo signal detected for input pulse train frequencies of (a) 5, (b) 3, and (c) 1  MHz, averaged over 16 acquisitions. Solid curves, experimental records; dotted curves, calculated FTs.

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