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Analog High-Bandwidth Single-Shot Data Link Using Integrated Optical Modulators And A High Fidelity Optical Streak Camera
Author(s): Mark Lowry; Greg Lancaster; Richard T. Peterson; Bill Kidd; Dan Nelson; Frank Roeske
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Paper Abstract

We present preliminary data on the fidelity of an analog optical data link operating at 830 nm. This data link encodes an electrical signal on an optical carrier by the action of a commercially available integrated-optic modulator, a 2x2 switch, from Crystal Technology, Inc.(CTI) An optical streak camera is used to record the modulated optical carrier. With this single-shot system a precision of 2-5% is realized. The dynamic range of the system is approximately 30 dB (power). The present system bandwidth is limited to 3 Ghz by the CTI modulator. New modulator designs using travelling wave structures will soon extend the system bandwidth to around 10 Ghz. We discuss the potential for development of a high-fidelity multichannel analog link based upon this technology and the potential impact on instrumentation for the measurement of ultra-fast single-transient phenomena.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0987, High Bandwidth Analog Applications of Photonics II, (7 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.959692
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Lowry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Greg Lancaster, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Richard T. Peterson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Bill Kidd, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Dan Nelson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
Frank Roeske, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0987:
High Bandwidth Analog Applications of Photonics II
Barry T. Neyer, Editor(s)

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