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High-speed optical pulse generation using single-mode optical fiber networks

Sampson, David and Jackson, D.A. (1991) High-speed optical pulse generation using single-mode optical fiber networks Review of Scientific Instruments, 62 (1). pp. 36-41.

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Abstract

We demonstrate an inexpensive and easily fabricated, high-performance system for the generation of single and multiple optical pulse bursts. The system, which is comprised of commercially available components, provides single pulses as short as 190 ps full width half maximum. Used as an active, very low jitter, delay line for application to fast coincidence timing experiments, delays of much less than 1 ns to in excess of 1 μs are possible using 1300 nm standard telecommunications fiber. Optical fiber ladder networks containing differential fiber delays, connected together using single-mode fiber connectors have been used to construct flexible and reconfigurable optical burst generators. Precise delay time determination (±5 psecs) allows very accurate, discretely variable burst frequencies demonstrated at up to 3 GHz. Instruments capable of 4, 8, and 16 pulse trains are also demonstrated. A conservative estimate indicates pulse trains consisting of 128 pulses at 8 μW per pulse should be possible with a simple extension to the present apparatus.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sampson, Davidd.sampson@surrey.ac.uk
Jackson, D.A.
Date : 1991
DOI : 10.1063/1.1142278
Depositing User : Maria Rodriguez-Marquez
Date Deposited : 12 Jun 2018 10:52
Last Modified : 19 Sep 2018 11:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846976

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