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Optically activated switches for the generation of complex electrical waveforms with multigigahertz bandwidth
Author(s): Mark D. Skeldon; Andrey V. Okishev; Samuel A. Letzring; William R. Donaldson; Kenton Green; Wolf D. Seka; Lynn F. Fuller
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Paper Abstract

An electrical pulse-generation system using two optically activated Si photoconductive switches can generate shaped electrical pulses with multigigahertz bandwidth. The Si switches are activated by an optical pulse whose leading edge is steepened by stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in CCl4. With the bandwidth generated by the SBS process, a laser having a 1- to 3-ns pulse width is used to generate electrical pulses with approximately 80-ps rise times (approximately 4-GHz bandwidth). Variable impedance microstrip lines are used to generate complex electrical waveforms that can be transferred to a matched load with minimal loss of bandwidth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2343, Optically Activated Switching IV, (4 January 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.198647
Show Author Affiliations
Mark D. Skeldon, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Andrey V. Okishev, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Samuel A. Letzring, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
William R. Donaldson, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kenton Green, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Wolf D. Seka, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Lynn F. Fuller, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2343:
Optically Activated Switching IV
William R. Donaldson, Editor(s)

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