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Multiplexing soliton-combs in optical microresonators
Author(s): Erwan Lucas; Grigory Lihachev; Romain Bouchand; Nikolay G. Pavlov; Arslan S. Raja; Maxim Karpov; Michael L. Gorodetsky; Tobias J. Kippenberg
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear wave mixing in optical microresonators new perospects for compact optical frequency combs with many promising applications. We demonstrate simultaneous generation of multiple frequency combs from a single optical microresonator and a single continuous-wave laser. Similar to space-division multiplexing, we generate several dissipative Kerr soliton states – circulating solitonic pulses driven by a continuous-wave laser – in different spatial (or polarization) modes of a MgF2 microresonator. Up to three distinct combs are produced simultaneously, featuring excellent mutual coherence and substantial repetition rate differences, useful for fast acquisition and efficient rejection of soliton intermodulation products. This method could enable the deployment of dual- and triple-comb-based methods to applications where they remained impractical with current technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10904, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXI, 109040O (4 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2506498
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Erwan Lucas, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Grigory Lihachev, Russian Quantum Ctr. (Russian Federation)
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Romain Bouchand, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Nikolay G. Pavlov, Russian Quantum Ctr. (Russian Federation)
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russian Federation)
Arslan S. Raja, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Maxim Karpov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Michael L. Gorodetsky, Russian Quantum Ctr. (Russian Federation)
M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Tobias J. Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10904:
Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XXI
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Editor(s)

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