Dual optical frequency comb architecture with capabilities from visible to mid-infrared Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2016

start page

  • 14986

end page

  • 14994

issue

  • 13

volume

  • 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1094-4087

abstract

  • In this paper, a new approach to dual comb generation based on well-known optical techniques (Gain-Switching and Optical Injection Locking) is presented. The architecture can be implemented using virtually every kind of continuous-wave semiconductor laser source (DFB, VCSEL, QCL) and without the necessity of electro-optic modulators. This way, a frequency-agile and adaptive dual-comb architecture is provided with potential implementation capabilities from mid-infrared to near ultraviolet. With a RF comb comprising around 70 teeth, the system is validated in the 1.5 mu m region measuring the absorption feature of H13CN at 1538.523 nm with a minimum integration time of 10 mus.

keywords

  • architecture; infrared devices; modulators; absorption features; electro-optic modulators; implementation capabilities; integration time; near ultraviolet; optical frequency combs; optical injection locking; optical technique; adaptive optics