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Opt Lett. 2006 Mar 1;31(5):628-30.

Timing noise measurement of 320 GHz optical pulses using an improved optoelectronic harmonic mixer.

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Photonics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568, Japan.


An improved optoelectronic harmonic mixer (OEHM) has been employed for measuring the timing noise of 320 GHz optical pulses that are generated from a 160 GHz mode-locked laser diode by the temporal Talbot effect. The OEHM makes use of a low-drive voltage LiNbO3 modulator and a W-band unitraveling carrier photodiode for converting the 320 GHz pulse intensity into a low-frequency electrical signal. The time domain demodulation technique has been used for the precise evaluation of phase noise power spectral density. The rms timing jitter has been estimated to be 311 fs for the 10 Hz-18.6 MHz bandwidth.

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