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Ultrafast two-bit all-optical analog-to-digital conversion based on femtosecond soliton sequence sampling
Author(s): Aida Esmaeilian-Marnani; Ahmad Fauzi Abas; Mohd Adzir Mahdi; Khairulmizam Samsudin
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Paper Abstract

Realization of two-bit all-optical analog-to-digital conversion for an analog signal sampled by a femtosecond soliton sequence is investigated. Two approaches are suggested. The first one is based on filtering the broadened soliton spectrum after evolution over half of the soliton period in a standard single-mode fiber. In the second approach, the pulse is temporally sampled at the specified times after propagating through one soliton period. The sampled soliton sequence must be amplified to achieve an initial peak power of between 0 and 75 kW for the first method and between 0 and 66 kW for the second method. The soliton pulse-width is 50 fs. Based on the resulted peak power, the "0" or "1" bit is generated with reference to the threshold values. Subsequently, the digital gray code is produced at the outputs. The effect of inaccuracy in filter frequency and fiber length are also studied in this paper. The first method is sensitive to variations in the filter frequency, whereas the second method is affected by the fiber length inaccuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 2011
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 50(12) 125001 doi: 10.1117/1.3656752
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 50, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Aida Esmaeilian-Marnani, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Ahmad Fauzi Abas, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Mohd Adzir Mahdi, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Khairulmizam Samsudin, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

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