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Generation And Detection Of Millimeter Wave Modulated Light With High Speed Diode Lasers And Photodetectors
Author(s): J. E. Bowers; C. A. Burrus; F. G. Storz
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Paper Abstract

The bandwidths of semiconductor lasers, modulators and photodetectors have dramatically increased recently, making it possible to directly modulate light with signals whose frequencies extend from dc to millimeter wave frequencies. Furthermore, the low attenuation of optical fiber and modulation-frequency-independent nature of the attenuation makes lightwave transmission of broadband microwave signals attractive. Recent advances in generating subpicosecond optical pulses at microwave frequencies using semiconductor lasers has made it possible to generate combs of frequencies extending through the entire microwave and millimeter wave spectrum. With present and next generation photodetectors to detect these optical signals, many applications of optoelectronic devices to spectroscopy, analog and digital transmission, electro-optic sampling, and high speed electronics and optical computing have become important.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1989
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1039, 13th Intl Conf on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, (18 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951115
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J. E. Bowers, University of Califoinia (United States)
C. A. Burrus, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
F. G. Storz, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1039:
13th Intl Conf on Infrared and Millimeter Waves
Richard J. Temkin, Editor(s)

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