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  1. Fiber Acousto-Electro-Optic Modulator

    Anen; Jiang

    2003-01-01

    A new kind of fiber acousto-electro-optic modulator is made by using Lithium Niobate crystal. This kind of modulator can be used in fiber communication, and its center frequency can be changed by directed current voltages.

  2. Acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity with Lamb waves in microwave K band

    Tadesse, Semere A; Liu, Qiyu; Li, Mo

    2015-01-01

    Integrating nanoscale electromechanical transducers and nanophotonic devices potentially can enable new acousto-optic devices to reach unprecedented high frequencies and modulation efficiency. Here, we demonstrate acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity using Lamb waves with frequency up to 19 GHz, reaching the microwave K band. The devices are fabricated in suspended aluminum nitride membrane. Excitation of acoustic waves is achieved with interdigital transducers with periods as small as 300 nm. Confining both acoustic wave and optical wave within the thickness of the membrane leads to improved acousto-optic modulation efficiency in the new devices than that obtained in previous surface acoustic wave devices. Our system demonstrates a novel scalable optomechanical platform where strong acousto-optic coupling between cavity-confined photons and high frequency traveling phonons can be explored.

  3. Acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity with Lamb waves in microwave K band

    Tadesse, Semere A. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States); School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States); Li, Huan; Liu, Qiyu; Li, Mo, E-mail: moli@umn.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States)

    2015-11-16

    Integrating nanoscale electromechanical transducers and nanophotonic devices potentially can enable acousto-optic devices to reach unprecedented high frequencies and modulation efficiency. Here, we demonstrate acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity using Lamb waves with frequency up to 19 GHz, reaching the microwave K band. The devices are fabricated in suspended aluminum nitride membrane. Excitation of acoustic waves is achieved with interdigital transducers with period as small as 300 nm. Confining both acoustic wave and optical wave within the thickness of the membrane leads to improved acousto-optic modulation efficiency in these devices than that obtained in previous surface acoustic wave devices. Our system demonstrates a scalable optomechanical platform where strong acousto-optic coupling between cavity-confined photons and high frequency traveling phonons can be explored.

  4. Acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity with Lamb waves in microwave K band

    Integrating nanoscale electromechanical transducers and nanophotonic devices potentially can enable acousto-optic devices to reach unprecedented high frequencies and modulation efficiency. Here, we demonstrate acousto-optic modulation of a photonic crystal nanocavity using Lamb waves with frequency up to 19 GHz, reaching the microwave K band. The devices are fabricated in suspended aluminum nitride membrane. Excitation of acoustic waves is achieved with interdigital transducers with period as small as 300 nm. Confining both acoustic wave and optical wave within the thickness of the membrane leads to improved acousto-optic modulation efficiency in these devices than that obtained in previous surface acoustic wave devices. Our system demonstrates a scalable optomechanical platform where strong acousto-optic coupling between cavity-confined photons and high frequency traveling phonons can be explored

  5. High-speed optical correlation-domain reflectometry without using acousto-optic modulator

    Shizuka, Makoto; Hayashi, Neisei; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2015-01-01

    To achieve a distributed reflectivity measurement along an optical fiber, we develop a simplified cost-effective configuration of optical correlation- (or coherence-) domain reflectometry based on a synthesized optical coherence function by sinusoidal modulation. By excluding conventional optical heterodyne detection (practically, without using an acousto-optic modulator) and by exploiting the foot of the Fresnel reflection spectrum, the electrical bandwidth required for signal processing is lowered down to several megahertz. We evaluate the basic system performance and demonstrate its high-speed operation (10 ms for one scan) by tracking a moving reflection point in real time.

  6. Different Plastic Materials Based Acousto-optic Modulators (AOMs Design Considerations for Fast Switching Applications

    Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available An acousto-optic modulator (AOM allows to diffract a laser beam going through a crystal from the incidence angle (order 0 to another angle (order 1. The diffracted beam intensity depends on the radio frequency (RF power applied to the device while the output angle depends on the material but is also proportional to the laser wavelength and to the RF drive frequency. When only intensity modulation is required, the driver frequency is fixed (thus the output beam angle and the intensity is controlled, in analog or digital mode, by controlling the applied RF power. Long term stability and reliability are required from the driving electronics. This paper has presented the best candidate selected polymeric acousto-optic materials based AOM for upgrading speed response and transmission performance characteristics. These materials are common materials for acousto-optic devices such as polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA, polycarbonate (PC, polystyrene (PS, and polysulfone (PSF. As well as we have deeply investigated the important transmission characteristics of acousto optic modulators such as transmission performance efficiency, transmission bit rate, diffraction angle and efficiency, transient speed response, signal transmission quality, bit error rate (BER and modulation bandwidth under wide range of the affecting parameters for different selected acousto optic materials to be the major of interest.

  7. Modern optical signal processing experiments demonstrating intensity and pulse-width modulation using an acousto-optic modulator

    Poon, Ting-Chung; McNeill, Mark D.; Moore, Daniel J.

    1997-09-01

    Two experiments are presented to introduce undergraduate students in electrical engineering or physics to modern optical signal processing. Both experiments use an acousto-optic (AO) Bragg cell together with additional electronics to modify the intensity of a laser beam. Specifically, we show how an AO feedback system operating in the Bragg regime can be configured to produce amplitude modulated (AM) and pulse-width modulated optical signals. The basic components of the AO feedback system include a laser, an AO Bragg cell, an electronic AM modulator, a photodetector, an amplifier, and an electronic adder. Except for the laser, the AM modulator, and the Bragg cell, each of these components can be constructed with low cost electronics. A tutorial outlining the principles of acousto-optics is included to provide sufficient understanding of the Bragg cell. The project described in the paper has been used as a demonstration for junior- and senior-level undergraduate students in electrical engineering communications and optics classes.

  8. Acousto-optic properties of GexS100–x glasses and acousto-optic modulator on their basis

    Bletskan D. I.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of acousto-optic properties of GexS100–x glasses, which had shown that they are perspective lightsoundwire material for manufacturing of acousto-optic devices for controlling the laser radiation in the visible spectral region was performed. Taking into account the technological conditions for synthesis of glasses with optical quality the two optimal compositions, Ge30S70 and Ge25S75, were proposed for fabrication of optical-acoustic modulator. These compositions possess the high optical perfection and transmission in the spectral range of 0.4—11 μm, the moderate optical absorption of 2—3 dB/cm, their acoustic quality factor ~100 times exceeds those of quartz. The construction and main parameters of the acousto-optic modulator based on Ge30S70 and Ge25S75 glasses as lightsoundwire material and the converter is a plate of lithium niobate single crystal were described. In Bragg diversion mode the modulator has the maximum bandwidth of the modulating frequencies — 10 MHz, the diffraction efficiency — 40%, the speed — near 80 nanoseconds. It is also important to note that the effective modulation is obtained with the low power (40 mW controlled electrical signal, which facilitates a thermal mode of the modulator and allows working without the forced cooling of the modulation element.

  9. Tandem-pulsed acousto-optics: an analytical framework of modulated high-contrast speckle patterns

    Recently we presented acousto-optic (AO) probing of scattering media using addition or subtraction of speckle patterns due to tandem nanosecond pulses. Here we present a theoretical framework for ideal (polarized, noise-free) speckle patterns with unity contrast that links ultrasound-induced optical phase modulation, the fraction of light that is tagged by ultrasound, speckle contrast, mean square difference of speckle patterns and the contrast of the summation of speckle patterns acquired at different ultrasound phases. We derive the important relations from basic assumptions and definitions, and then validate them with simulations. For ultrasound-generated phase modulation angles below 0.7 rad (assuming uniform modulation), we are now able to relate speckle pattern statistics to the acousto-optic phase modulation. Hence our theory allows quantifying speckle observations in terms of ultrasonically tagged fractions of light for near-unity-contrast speckle patterns. (paper)

  10. Laser communication system with acousto-optic tracking and modulation: experimental study

    Nikulin, Vladimir V.; Sofka, Jozef

    2009-12-01

    Laser communication systems are highly preferred for broadband applications. This technology uses higher regions of the spectrum, and offers unsurpassed throughput, information security, reduced weight and size of the components, and power savings. Unfortunately, small beam divergence requires precise positioning, which becomes very critical at high data rates. Complex motion patterns of the communicating platforms, vibrations, and atmospheric effects cause significant signal losses due to the pointing errors, beam wander, and other higher order effects. Mitigation of those effects is achieved by fast tracking, which can be successfully combined with signal modulation. In this work, we focus on the application of acousto-optic technology and its effect on communication performance. We present experimental results for a laser communication link affected by pointing distortions. These distortions are generated to emulate specific operation environments with particular spectral characteristics. The acousto-optic technology is used to build an agile tracking system combined with signal modulation in the same device to assure maximum signal reception, in spite of the harsh operational conditions. The received communication signal is recorded and statistically analyzed to calculate the bit error rates. This work presents synthesis of a tracking system and experimental results characterizing the communication performance under uncompensated pointing disturbance and with tracking.

  11. Emission spectroscopy of laser ablation plasma with time gating by acousto-optic modulator

    The capability of acousto-optic modulator (AOM) to perform time-gated measurements for laser ablation plasma spectroscopy has been examined. Especially, we focused on the capability of the ''AOM gating'' to exclude the continuum and extremely broadened spectra usually observed immediately after the laser ablation. Final goal of the use of the AOM is to achieve considerable downsizing of the system for in situ and on-site analyses. In the present paper, it is shown that narrow and clear spectral lines can be obtained with the AOM gating even if the target is submerged in water. Also, application of this technique to the targets in air is demonstrated. It has been revealed that the AOM gating is fast enough to exclude the continuum and broadened lines, while effectively acquiring sufficiently narrow atomic lines lasting slightly longer than the continuum.

  12. Post-Flight Test Results of Acousto-Optic Modulator Devices Subjected to Space Exposure

    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Trivedi, Sudhir; Rosemeier, Jolanta; Diestler, Mark

    2014-01-01

    The objective of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) is to study the performance of novel materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the harsh space environment for several months. MISSE missions provide an opportunity for developing space qualifiable materials. Several laser and lidar components were sent by NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) as a part of the MISSE 7 mission. The MISSE 7 module was transported to the international space station (ISS) via STS 129 mission that was launched on Nov 16, 2009. Later, the MISSE 7 module was brought back to the earth via the STS 134 that landed on June 1, 2011. The MISSE 7 module that was subjected to exposure in a space environment for more than one and a half years included fiber laser, solid-state laser gain materials, detectors, and semiconductor laser diode. Performance testing of these components is now progressing. In this paper, the results of performance testing of a laser diode module sent by NASA Langley Research Center on MISSE 7 mission will be discussed. This paper will present the comparison of pre-flight and post-flight performance of two different COTS acousto-optic modulator (AOM) devices. Post-flight measurements indicate that these two devices did not undergo any significant performance degradation.

  13. Post-flight test results of acousto-optic modulator devices subjected to space exposure

    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Trivedi, Sudhir; Rosemeier, Jolanta; Diestler, Mark

    2014-09-01

    The objective of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) is to study the performance of novel materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the harsh space environment for several months. MISSE missions provide an opportunity for developing space qualifiable materials. Several laser and lidar components were sent by NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) as a part of the MISSE 7 mission. The MISSE 7 module was transported to the international space station (ISS) via STS 129 mission that was launched on Nov 16, 2009. Later, the MISSE 7 modulewas brought back to the earth via the STS 134 that landed on June 1, 2011. The MISSE 7 module that was subjected to exposure in space environment for more than one and a half year included fiber laser, solid-state laser gain materials, detectors, and semiconductor laser diode. Performance testing of these components is now progressing. In this paper, the results of performance testing of a laser diode module sent by NASA Langley Research Center on MISSE 7 mission will be discussed. This paper will present the comparison of pre-flight and post-flight performance of two different COTS acousto-optic modulator devices. Post-flight measurements indicate that these two devices did not undergo any significant performance degradation.

  14. LIGHT MODULATION: Quasi-collinear tunable acousto-optic paratellurite crystal filters for wavelength division multiplexing and optical channel selection

    Molchanov, V. Ya; Voloshinov, V. B.; Makarov, O. Yu

    2009-04-01

    Quasi-collinear acousto-optic interaction is studied in acoustically and optically anisotropic paratellurite crystals. The possible applications of this interaction in acousto-optic tunable filters with a high spectral resolution are discussed. Different modifications of devices are compared and variants of devices intended for processing light beams and selection of light signals in fibreoptic communication systems with wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) at λ simeq 1550 nm are considered.

  15. Hyper-spectral modulation fluorescent imaging using double acousto-optical tunable filter based on TeO2-crystals

    We have proposed a method for hyper-spectral fluorescent imaging based on acousto-optical filtering. The object of interest was pumped using ultraviolet radiation of mercury lamp equipped with monochromatic excitation filter with the window of transparency centered at 365 nm. Double TeO2-based acousto-optical filter, tunable in range from 430 to 780 nm and having 2 nm bandwidth of spectral transparency, was used in order to detect quasimonochromatic images of object fluorescence. Modulating of ultraviolet pump intensity was used in order to reduce an impact of non-fluorescent background on the sample fluorescent imaging. The technique for signal-to-noise ratio improvement, based on fluorescence intensity estimation via digital processing of modulated video sequence of fluorescent object, was introduced. We have implemented the proposed technique for the test sample studying and we have discussed its possible applications

  16. Acousto-Optic Devices For Use In Radio Frequency Target Simulators

    Kirchner, Ernst K.

    1980-01-01

    Acousto-optic devices have been analyzed and developed for use as modulators, filters and correlators, and in spectrum analyzers. The ability of the acousto-optic unit to amplitude-modulate, frequency-modulate, and deflect laser beams, makes them suitable for these applications. The various signal processing and control functions provided by the acousto-optic devices are optimized by controlling the ratio of divergence angles of the optical beam and the acoustic beam in the acousto-optic interaction region. Another application of acousto-optic devices is to simulate moving targets to test fuzing altimeters and active missile control systems. The frequency modulation, amplitude modulation, and deflection properties of acousto-optic components are all utilized in a single acousto-optic unit to provide the variable range and Doppler simulation. Development of a suitable acousto-optic component for this simulation application is described, as is a description of a simulator employing this acousto-optic device.

  17. Investigation of noise in Lightwave Synthesized Frequency Sweeper seeded LIDAR anemometers from leakage through the Acousto Optic Modulators

    Pedersen, Anders Tegtmeier; Lindelöw, Per Jonas Petter

    2009-01-01

    Train (FSPT) modulated lidars the leakage will give rise to rapidly growing noise in the bins which corresponds to the signal from low radial wind velocities. It is likely that noise canceling techniques similar to those used for RIN removal has to be deployed for measurements of low wind velocities.......Lightwave Synthesized Frequency Sweepers (LSFS) have potential use as lightsources in lidar anemometers. In this paper noise due to leakage in the acousto optic modulators in an LSFS is investigated. Theoretical expressions describing the build-up of noise in the LSFS due to leakage are derived...

  18. An acousto-optic beamformer

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Jacobsen, Finn

    2012-01-01

    of transducers, which makes beamforming methods vulnerable to spatial aliasing above a certain frequency. The present work uses the acousto-optic effect, i.e., the interaction between sound and light, to localize sound sources in a plane. The use of a beam of light as the sensing element is...... equivalent to a continuous line aperture with an infinite number of microphones. This makes the proposed acousto-optic beamformer immune to spatial aliasing. This unique feature is illustrated by means of simulations and experimental results within the entire audible frequency range. For ease of comparison...

  19. The Experimental Study on Acousto-optic Modulation Based on Single-mode Fiber Fused Coupler

    Liu Guoxiang; Hu Li; Ye Kunzhen; Lin Weigan

    2002-01-01

    In-line acoustic-optic (AO) modulation experiments were demonstrated based on the acoustic-optic effect in optical fiber fused taper couplers.About 73%,64%,and 61% modulation have been achieved at frequencies of 0.169 MHz,0.367 MHz and 0.521 MHz with an electrical driving power less than 10 mW,respectively.

  20. An experimental distribution of analog and digital information in a hybrid wireless visible light communication system based on acousto-optic modulation and sinusoidal gratings

    In this paper we propose a photonic architecture as an alternative tool to distribute point to multipoint analog and digital information over a hybrid wireless visible optical communication system. The experimental set-up is composed of a red laser pointer, an acousto-optic modulator, a sinusoidal grating and a photo-detector array. By using a simple and variable interferometric system, diffraction gratings with different spatial frequencies are generated and recorded on a photoemulsion which is composed of vanilla with dichromate gelatin. Analog video and digital information are first transmitted and recovered over a wireless communication system using a microwave carrier at 4.52 GHz which is generated by distributed feedback lasers operating in the low laser threshold current region. Separately, the recovered video information and digital data are combined with a radio frequency signal of 80 MHz, obtaining a subcarrier of information that is imposed on the optical carrier of the pointer laser using an acousto-optic modulator which is operated with an angle of incident light that satisfies the Bragg condition. The modulated optical carrier is sent to a sinusoidal grating, the diffraction pattern is photo-detected using an array of PIN photo-detectors. The use of sinusoidal gratings with acousto-optic modulators allows that number of channels to be increased when both components are placed in cascade. (paper)

  1. An experimental distribution of analog and digital information in a hybrid wireless visible light communication system based on acousto-optic modulation and sinusoidal gratings

    Gómez Colín, R.; García Juárez, A.; Zaldívar Huerta, I. E.; Marquina, A. Vera; García Delgado, L. A.; Leal Cruz, A. L.; Gómez Fuentes, R.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we propose a photonic architecture as an alternative tool to distribute point to multipoint analog and digital information over a hybrid wireless visible optical communication system. The experimental set-up is composed of a red laser pointer, an acousto-optic modulator, a sinusoidal grating and a photo-detector array. By using a simple and variable interferometric system, diffraction gratings with different spatial frequencies are generated and recorded on a photoemulsion which is composed of vanilla with dichromate gelatin. Analog video and digital information are first transmitted and recovered over a wireless communication system using a microwave carrier at 4.52 GHz which is generated by distributed feedback lasers operating in the low laser threshold current region. Separately, the recovered video information and digital data are combined with a radio frequency signal of 80 MHz, obtaining a subcarrier of information that is imposed on the optical carrier of the pointer laser using an acousto-optic modulator which is operated with an angle of incident light that satisfies the Bragg condition. The modulated optical carrier is sent to a sinusoidal grating, the diffraction pattern is photo-detected using an array of PIN photo-detectors. The use of sinusoidal gratings with acousto-optic modulators allows that number of channels to be increased when both components are placed in cascade.

  2. LIGHT MODULATION: Wide-aperture diffraction of unpolarised radiation in a system of two acousto-optic filters

    Magdich, L. N.; Yushkov, K. B.; Voloshinov, V. B.

    2009-04-01

    Light diffraction is studied in two tandem acousto-optic cells filtering unpolarised radiation with a wide angular spectrum. It is shown that the side lobes of the ultrasonic radiation pattern of a piezoelectric transducer produce side diffraction intensity maxima at the output of the system consisting of two filters. Diffraction in paratellurite filters is studied experimentally at 1.06 μm.

  3. Laser frequency stabilisation by the Pound - Drever - Hall method using an acousto-optic phase modulator operating in the pure Raman - Nath diffraction regime

    Frequency stabilisation of diode laser radiation has been implemented by the Pound - Drever - Hall method using a new acousto-optic phase modulator, operating in the pure Raman - Nath diffraction regime. It is experimentally shown that, as in the case of saturated-absorption spectroscopy in atomic vapour, the spatial divergence of the frequency-modulated output spectrum of this modulator does not interfere with obtaining error signals by means of heterodyne frequency-modulation spectroscopy with a frequency discriminator based on a high-Q Fabry - Perot cavity with finesse of several tens of thousands.

  4. Cavity dumping of neodymium-doped fibre lasers using acousto-optic modulator

    Abdulhalim, I.; Pannell, C.N.; Jedrzejewski, K.P.; Taylor, E.R.

    1994-01-01

    We report high-repetition-rate pulses obtained by cavity dumping of a neodymium-doped phosphate glass fibre laser operating at 1053 nm using a specially constructed acoustooptic modulator. With 27 mW absorbed pump power at 812 nm we obtained stable trains of output pulses with repetition rate in the range 0.5 to 8MHz having corresponding pulse widths in the range 127 to 19 ns without significant sacrifice in the average output power of 8 mW.

  5. Acousto-optic Extensometer for Bolts

    Maram, J.; Kuhr, G.

    1985-01-01

    Bolt torque or tension deduced from non contacting measurements. Pulsed Laser induces shockwave in bolthead while continuous-wave acousto-optic detector monitors distortion produced by shock. Shock travel time measured to determine bolt length. Solid-state position detector relatively inexpensive and keeps down cost of extensometer.

  6. Isolation of Integrated Optical Acousto-Optic Switch

    XIAO Li-Feng; LIU Ying; WANG Wei-Peng; GENG Fan

    2006-01-01

    @@ Isolation of a new structured acousto-optic switch based on an integrated optical polarization-independent quasicollinear acousto-optic tunable filter is studied in detail. The factors that influence the isolation of the optical switch are analysed, the expressions of the isolation are educed, and the isolation of the device is measured in experiment. It is found that the isolation mainly depends on the TE/TM mode intensity ratio, the mode-splitter extinction rate, and the conversion efficiency.

  7. Improving acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

    Dühring, Maria Bayard

    using these new types of SAWs compared to using the waves generated by the conventional interdigital transducer with thin electrodes. Thus, this indicates a way to improve acousto-optical interaction for integrated modulators, which have important applications such as optical phase shifters....... conventional interdigital transducers consisting of thin electrodes deposited at the surface. In this work the finite element method is employed to investigate if the acousto-optical interaction can be enhanced by generating the SAWs by interdigital transducers consisting of high aspect ratio electrodes. With...... a periodic model it is first shown that these tall electrodes introduce several new confined SAW modes with slow phase velocities because of mechanical energy storage in the electrodes. The periodic model is then extended to a finite model by using perfectly matched layers at the substrate borders...

  8. High-peak-power sub-nanosecond intracavity KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a dual-loss modulated laser with acousto-optic modulator and single-walled carbon nanotube

    Qiao, Junpeng; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Lu, Jianren; Wang, Yonggang; Chu, Hongwei; Luan, Chao

    2016-08-01

    A high-peak-power low-repetition-rate sub-nanosecond intracavity KTiOPO4 (KTP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a doubly Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) YVO4/Nd:YVO4 laser with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA) has been demonstrated. A maximum output power of 373 mW at a signal wavelength of 1570 nm was obtained. The smallest pulse width, highest pulse energy, and greatest peak power of mode-locking pulses were estimated to be 119 ps, 124 µJ, and 1.04 MW, respectively, under a maximum incident pump power of 8.3 W and an AOM repetition rate of 2 kHz. This OPO operation paves a simple way to produce eye-safe laser sources at 1570 nm with low repetition rates, small pulse widths, and high peak powers.

  9. Polarization-independent operation of an acousto-optical device at the transmit end of a single-laser transmission system using self-heterodyning

    Olivier, L.; Rocks, M.

    1991-03-01

    This paper describes the way in which a new integrated acousto-optical LiNbO 3 device combining the three functions of an electro-optical phase modulator, an acousto-optical TE/TM or TM/TE mode converter and an acousto-optical frequency shifter can be operated in a polarization-independent manner as a transmitter unit in a single-laser transmission system using self-heterodyning.

  10. Experimental demonstration of remote, passive acousto-optic sensing.

    Antonelli, Lynn; Blackmon, Fletcher

    2004-12-01

    Passively detecting underwater sound from the air can allow aircraft and surface vessels to monitor the underwater acoustic environment. Experimental research into an optical hydrophone is being conducted for remote, aerial detection of underwater sound. A laser beam is directed onto the water surface to measure the velocity of the vibrations occurring as the underwater acoustic signal reaches the water surface. The acoustically generated surface vibrations modulate the phase of the laser beam. Sound detection occurs when the laser is reflected back towards the sensor. Therefore, laser alignment on the specularly reflecting water surface is critical. As the water surface moves, the laser beam is reflected away from the photodetector and no signal is obtained. One option to mitigate this problem is to continually steer the laser onto a spot on the water surface that provides a direct back-reflection. Results are presented from a laboratory test that investigates the feasibility of the acousto-optic sensor detection on hydrostatic and hydrodynamic surfaces using a laser Doppler vibrometer in combination with a laser-based, surface normal glint tracker for remotely detecting underwater sound. This paper outlines the acousto-optic sensor and tracker concepts and presents experimental results comparing sensor operation under various sea surface conditions. PMID:15658691

  11. Ultrafast acousto-optic mode conversion in optically birefringent ferroelectrics.

    Lejman, Mariusz; Vaudel, Gwenaelle; Infante, Ingrid C; Chaban, Ievgeniia; Pezeril, Thomas; Edely, Mathieu; Nataf, Guillaume F; Guennou, Mael; Kreisel, Jens; Gusev, Vitalyi E; Dkhil, Brahim; Ruello, Pascal

    2016-01-01

    The ability to generate efficient giga-terahertz coherent acoustic phonons with femtosecond laser makes acousto-optics a promising candidate for ultrafast light processing, which faces electronic device limits intrinsic to complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology. Modern acousto-optic devices, including optical mode conversion process between ordinary and extraordinary light waves (and vice versa), remain limited to the megahertz range. Here, using coherent acoustic waves generated at tens of gigahertz frequency by a femtosecond laser pulse, we reveal the mode conversion process and show its efficiency in ferroelectric materials such as BiFeO3 and LiNbO3. Further to the experimental evidence, we provide a complete theoretical support to this all-optical ultrafast mechanism mediated by acousto-optic interaction. By allowing the manipulation of light polarization with gigahertz coherent acoustic phonons, our results provide a novel route for the development of next-generation photonic-based devices and highlight new capabilities in using ferroelectrics in modern photonics. PMID:27492493

  12. Optical phase noise engineering via acousto-optic interaction and its interferometric applications

    Satapathy, Nandan; Bannerjee, Sourish; Ramachandran, Hema

    2013-01-01

    We exercise rapid and fine control over the phase of light by transferring digitally gen- erated phase jumps from radio frequency (rf) electrical signals onto light by means of acousto-optic interaction. By tailoring the statistics of phase jumps in the electrical signal and thereby engineering the optical phase noise, we manipulate the visibil- ity of interference fringes in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer that incorporates two acousto-optic modulators. Such controlled dephasing finds applications in modern experiments involving the spread or diffusion of light in an optical network. Further, we analytically show how engineered partial phase noise can convert the dark port of a stabilised interferometer to a weak source of highly correlated photons.

  13. Acousto-optical properties of metamaterials

    Pustovoit, V. I.

    2016-02-01

    The possibility of the effective use of metamaterials in acousto-optics is demonstrated. It is shown that photoelastic constants that determine a change in the dielectric constant of a heterogeneous medium under the action of a sound wave can significantly exceed the corresponding constants for conventional crystals. We have analysed the mechanisms of the dielectric constant variation in a heterogeneous medium consisting of nanoparticles in the form of ellipsoids and have found explicitly the values of the photoelastic constants. It is shown that the mechanism of the dielectric constant variation in a longitudinal sound wave is reduced to a change in the local concentration of nanoparticles in the bulk and in a transverse acoustic wave - to a local rotation of space-oriented nanoellipsoids. It is also shown that the use of metamedia with a nonuniform distribution of nanoparticles provides a unique opportunity for designing qualitatively new instruments and devices that cannot be produced on the basis of conventional crystals. It is noted that metamaterials open ample opportunities for creating devices of the IR region of the spectrum due to the absence of restrictions on the size of such media.

  14. Quantum acousto-optic transducer for superconducting qubits

    Shumeiko, V S

    2015-01-01

    We propose theory for reversible quantum transducer connecting superconducting qubits and optical photons using acoustic waves in piezoelectrics. The proposed device consists of integrated acousto-optic resonator that utilizes stimulated Brillouin scattering for phonon-photon conversion, and piezoelectric e?ect for coupling of phonons to qubits. We evaluate the phonon-photon coupling rate, and show that the required power of optical pump as well as the other device parameters providing full and faithful quantum conversion are feasible for implementation with the state of the art integrated acousto-optics.

  15. The quantum acousto-optic effect in Bose-Einstein condensate

    Bhattacherjee, Aranya B.

    2009-09-01

    We investigate the interaction between a single mode light field and an elongated cigar shaped Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), subject to a temporal modulation of the trap frequency in the tight confinement direction. Under appropriate conditions, the longitudinal sound like waves (Faraday waves) in the direction of weak confinement acts as a dynamic diffraction grating for the incident light field analogous to the acousto-optic effect in classical optics. The change in the refractive index due to the periodic modulation of the BEC density is responsible for the acousto-optic effect. The dynamics is characterised by Bragg scattering of light from the matter wave Faraday grating and simultaneous Bragg scattering of the condensate atoms from the optical grating formed due to the interference between the incident light and the diffracted light fields. Varying the intensity of the incident laser beam we observe the transition from the acousto-optic effect regime to the atomic Bragg scattering regime, where Rabi oscillations between two momentum levels of the atoms are observed. We show that the acousto-optic effect is reduced as the atomic interaction is increased.

  16. Sound field reconstruction based on the acousto-optic effect

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Jacobsen, Finn

    2011-01-01

    , namely the acousto-optic effect. When sound propagates through a medium, it gives rise to pressure fluctuations that change the instantaneous density of the medium. Under such circumstances, the speed of light is not constant, but changed by the acoustic field. This acousto-optic interaction can be...... measured with a laser Doppler vibrometer; furthermore, it can be exploited to characterize an arbitrary sound field using tomographic techniques. This paper briefly reviews the fundamental principles governing the acousto-optic effect in air, and presents an investigation of the tomographic reconstruction......Acoustic measurements are usually carried out with transducers that interact mechanically with the sound field under investigation. The goal of this work is to employ a completely different measurement principle, the determination of sound pressure based on the interaction between sound and light...

  17. Acousto-optically induced unidirectional and single frequency operation of a Nd:glass ring laser using the acousto-optic effect in the laser medium

    Clarkson, W.A.; Hanna, D.C.; Lovering, D.S.; Jones, G.C.W.

    1994-01-01

    A traveling-wave acousto-optic modulator fabricated from Nd-doped phosphate glass is used both as the laser gain medium and as the unidirectional element in a diode-pumped ring laser. Unidirectional operation can be maintained with applied rf powers as low as 6.7 mW and results in cw single-frequency output powers as high as 200 mW for a pump power of 1.2 W

  18. A beamforming system based on the acousto-optic effect

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Jacobsen, Finn

    Beamforming techniques are usually based on microphone arrays. The present work uses a beam of light as a sensor element, and describes a beamforming system that locates sound sources based on the acousto-optic effect, this is, the interaction between sound and light. The use of light as a sensing...

  19. Acousto-Optics Tunable Filter Based on a Hollow Optical Fiber for Broadband Polarization Switch Application

    Jaewon; Lee; Jaewang; Yu; Sangsoo; Choi; Kyunghwan; Oh; Dong; Il; Yum; Byoung; Yoon; Kim

    2003-01-01

    A novel acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) using a hollow optical fiber (HOF) is proposed. Its broadband rejection over 100nm was observed and high polarization dependence as a polarization switch is discussed.

  20. Acousto-optic deflector of depolarized laser radiation

    Antonov, S. N.

    2016-01-01

    An original acousto-optic deflector is based on the anisotropic diffraction in the paratellurite crystal. The deflector is characterized by a relatively high diffraction efficiency for depolarized laser radiation. The deflector consists of two sequential acousto-optic cells. Each cell deflects one of the orthogonally polarized components of the originally depolarized radiation. The first and second cells scan the low- and highfrequency parts of the angular interval, respectively. The simultaneous and independent operation of the cells makes it possible to use the entire optical (laser) power. A frequency band of 32 MHz is almost reached for depolarized radiation with a wavelength of 1.06 µm and the absolute angular interval is 50 mrad at a total efficiency of no less than 70%.

  1. Experimental study of z resolution in acousto-optical coherence tomography using random phase jumps on ultrasound and light

    Lesaffre, Max; Ramaz, François; Gross, Michel; 10.1364/AO.52.000949

    2013-01-01

    Acousto-Optical Coherence Tomography (AOCT) is a variant of Acousto Optic Imaging (also called Ultrasound modulated Optical Tomography) that makes possible to get resolution along the ultrasound propagation axis $z$. We present here new AOCT experimental results, and we study how the $z$ resolution depends on time step between phase jumps $T_\\phi$, or on the correlation length $\\Delta z$. By working at low resolution, we perform a quantitative comparison of the $z$ measurements with the theoretical Point Spread Function (PSF). We present also images recorded with different $z$ resolution, and we qualitatively show how the image quality varies with $T_\\phi$, or $\\Delta z$.

  2. Triple product acousto-optical processor for the astrophysical applications

    Shcherbakov, Alexandre S.; Hanessian de la Garza, Ana Virginia; Chavushyan, Vahram; Campos Acosta, Joaquin

    2012-10-01

    This processor is oriented to studies in the extra-galactic astronomy as well as to searching the extra-solar planets, so that algorithm of the space-and-time integrating is desirable for a wideband spectrum analysis with an improved resolution. It includes 1D-acousto-optic cells as the input devices for a 2D-optical data processing. The importance of this algorithm is based on exploiting the chirp Z - transform technique providing a 2D-Fourier transform of the input signals. The system produces the folded spectrum, accumulating advantages of both space and time integrating. Its frequency bandwidth is practically equal to the bandwidth of transducers inherent in acousto-optical cells. Then, similar processor is able to provide really high frequency resolution, which is practically equal to the reciprocal of the CCD-matrix photo-detector integration time. Here, the current state of designing the triple product acousto-optical processor in frames of the astrophysical instrumentation is presented.

  3. Acousto-optic processor for distributed interactive video system

    Volner, Rudolf; Ticha, Dasa

    1999-12-01

    This article describes information network - a backbone network structure, a video switch topology and acousto- optics processor applications - AOP. Cable is a natural network for carrying high-capacity, bandwidth - in tensity information. In the age of analog program signals, cable capacity was a natural transmission media for broadcasting of color TV and high-fidelity stereo sound programs. In the new digital program signal age, cable high capacity is a natural network for carrying interactive computer-based, data-multimedia programs.

  4. ACOUSTO-OPTIC IMAGING IN DIFFERENT FIELDS OF ACOUSTICS

    Mayer, W.

    1990-01-01

    A very short introduction of the principles of light diffraction by ultrasonic waves is followed by a discussion of acousto-optic imaging (schlieren) techniques. This method is often useful to obtain qualitative results of various acoustic phenomena in ultrasonics, underwater sound, material characterization, transducer performance and other areas of acoustics. Examples from different fields of acoustics and some scale model studies will be given, illustrating under what conditions this metho...

  5. Holographic video display based on guided-wave acousto-optic devices

    Smalley, Daniel E.; Smithwick, Quinn Y. J.; Bove, V. Michael, Jr.

    2007-02-01

    We introduce a new holo-video display architecture ("Mark III") developed at the MIT Media Laboratory. The goal of the Mark III project is to reduce the cost and size of a holo-video display, making it into an inexpensive peripheral to a standard desktop PC or game machine which can be driven by standard graphics chips. Our new system is based on lithium niobate guided-wave acousto-optic devices, which give twenty or more times the bandwidth of the tellurium dioxide bulk-wave acousto-optic modulators of our previous displays. The novel display architecture is particularly designed to eliminate the high-speed horizontal scanning mechanism that has traditionally limited the scalability of Scophony- style video displays. We describe the system architecture and the guided-wave device, explain how it is driven by a graphics chip, and present some early results.

  6. Electro-optic and acousto-optic laser beam scanners

    Heberle, Johannes; Bechtold, Peter; Strauß, Johannes; Schmidt, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Electro-optical deflectors (EOD) and acousto-optical deflectors (AOD) are based on deflection of laser light within a solid state medium. As they do not contain any moving parts, they yield advantages compared to mechanical scanners which are conventionally used for laser beam deflection. Even for arbitrary scan paths high feed rates can be achieved. In this work the principles of operation and characteristic properties of EOD and AOD are presented. Additionally, a comparison to mirror based mechanical deflectors regarding deflection angles, speed and accuracy is made in terms of resolvable spots and the rate of resolvable spots. Especially, the latter one is up to one order of magnitude higher for EOD and AOD systems compared to conventional systems. Further characteristic properties such as response time, damage threshold, efficiency and beam distortions are discussed. Solid state laser beam deflectors are usually characterized by small deflection angles but high angular deflection velocities. As mechanical deflectors exhibit opposite properties an arrangement of a mechanical scanner combined with a solid state deflector provides a solution with the benefits of both systems. As ultrashort pulsed lasers with average power above 100 W and repetition rates in the MHz range have been available for several years this approach can be applied to fully exploit their capabilities. Thereby, pulse overlap can be reduced and by this means heat affected zones are prevented to provide proper processing results.

  7. Ultrasonic power measurement system based on acousto-optic interaction

    He, Liping; Zhu, Fulong; Chen, Yanming; Duan, Ke; Lin, Xinxin; Pan, Yongjun; Tao, Jiaquan

    2016-05-01

    Ultrasonic waves are widely used, with applications including the medical, military, and chemical fields. However, there are currently no effective methods for ultrasonic power measurement. Previously, ultrasonic power measurement has been reliant on mechanical methods such as hydrophones and radiation force balances. This paper deals with ultrasonic power measurement based on an unconventional method: acousto-optic interaction. Compared with mechanical methods, the optical method has a greater ability to resist interference and also has reduced environmental requirements. Therefore, this paper begins with an experimental determination of the acoustic power in water contained in a glass tank using a set of optical devices. Because the light intensity of the diffraction image generated by acousto-optic interaction contains the required ultrasonic power information, specific software was written to extract the light intensity information from the image through a combination of filtering, binarization, contour extraction, and other image processing operations. The power value can then be obtained rapidly by processing the diffraction image using a computer. The results of this work show that the optical method offers advantages that include accuracy, speed, and a noncontact measurement method.

  8. Simulation of acousto-optical interaction in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer

    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Sigmund, Ole; Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard

    [3] it is explained how a SAW can be employed to modulate the output light of a GaAs Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) and experimental results with a relative modulation depth of 40 % are presented. To modulate the light using a MZI a SAW is transmitted perpendicularly to the two waveguide arms and...... acoustic waves”, Rep. Prog. Phys., 68 1639-1701. [2] K.-Y. Hashimoto, “Surface acoustic wave devices in telecommunications modeling and simulation”, Springer, Berlin, 2000, ISBN 3-540-67232-X. [3] M. M. de Lima Jr., M. Beck, R. Hey and P. V. Santos, “Compact Mach-Zehnder acousto-optic modulator”, Applied......The acousto-optical modulation of light in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer affected by a surface acoustic wave, is simulated by the finite element method. It is discussed how the modulation can be improved based on a parameter study of the geometry. Summary A new way to control and modulate light in...

  9. Sound field reconstruction using acousto-optic tomography

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Jacobsen, Finn

    2012-01-01

    When sound propagates through a medium, it results in pressure fluctuations that change the instantaneous density of the medium. Under such circumstances, the refractive index that characterizes the propagation of light is not constant, but influenced by the acoustic field. This kind of interaction...... governing the acousto-optic effect in air, and demonstrates that it can be measured with a laser Doppler vibrometer in the audible frequency range. The tomographic reconstruction is tested by means of computer simulations and measurements. The main features observed in the simulations are also recognized in...

  10. Transformation of phase dislocations under acousto-optic interaction of optical and acoustical Bessel beams

    Belyi, V. N.; Khilo, P. A.; Kazak, N. S.; Khilo, N. A.

    2016-07-01

    The generation of wavefront phase dislocations of vortex Bessel light beams under acousto-optic (AO) diffraction in uniaxial crystals has been investigated. For the first time the process of AO interaction is studied with participation of Bessel acoustic beams instead of plane waves. A mathematical description of AO interaction is provided, which supposes the satisfaction of two types of phase-matching condition. The acousto-optic processes of transferring optical singularities onto the wavefront of BLBs are investigated and the generation of high-order optical vortices is considered at the interaction of optical and acoustical Bessel beams. The change of Bessel function order or phase dislocation order is explained as a result of the spin–orbital interaction under acousto-optic diffraction of vortex Bessel beams.

  11. Acousto-Optical/Electronic Processor For SAR

    Bicknell, T. J.; Farr, W. H.

    1992-01-01

    Lightweight, compact, low-power apparatus processes synthetic-aperture-radar (SAR) returns in real time, providing imagery aboard moving aircraft or spacecraft platform. Processor includes optical and electronic subsystems that, together, resolve range and azimuth coordinates of radar targets by combination of spatial and temporal integrations.

  12. Reconstruction of a piecewise smooth absorption coefficient by an acousto-optic process

    Ammari, Habib; Garnier, Josselin; Nguyen, Loc Hoang; Seppecher, Laurent

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to tackle the nonlinear optical reconstruction problem. Given a set of acousto-optic measurements, we develop a mathematical framework for the reconstruction problem in the case where the optical absorption distribution is supposed to be a perturbation of a piecewise constant function. Analyzing the acousto-optic measurements, we establish a new equation in the sense of distributions for the optical absorption coefficient. For doing so, we introduce a weak Helmholtz d...

  13. Space Qualification Issues in Acousto-optic and Electro-optic Devices

    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Taylor, Edward W.; Trivedi, Sudhir; Kutcher, Sue; Soos, Jolanta

    2007-01-01

    Satellite and space-based applications of photonic devices and systems require operational reliability in the harsh environment of space for extended periods of time. This in turn requires every component of the systems and their packaging to meet space qualifications. Acousto- and electro-optical devices form the major components of many current space based optical systems, which is the focus of this paper. The major space qualification issues are related to: mechanical stability, thermal effects and operation of the devices in the naturally occurring space radiation environment. This paper will discuss acousto- and electro-optic materials and devices with respect to their stability against mechanical vibrations, thermal cycling in operating and non-operating conditions and device responses to space ionizing and displacement radiation effects. Selection of suitable materials and packaging to meet space qualification criteria will also be discussed. Finally, a general roadmap for production and testing of acousto- and electro-optic devices will be discussed.

  14. High Performance Acousto-Optic Arrays based on Fiber Bragg Gratings for Measuring Launch Acoustics Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation (IFOS) proposes to prove the feasibility of innovations in acousto-optic sensor development for measurement of launch...

  15. Collinear Acousto-Optical Transformation of Bessel Light Beams in Biaxial Gyrotropic Crystals

    Belyi, V. N.; Kulak, G. V.; Krokh, G. V.; Shakin, O. V.

    2016-05-01

    The collinear acousto-optical transformation of Bessel light beams in biaxial gyrotropic crystals into two annular, internal conical refraction beams with orthogonal elliptical polarization is studied. It is found that the diffraction efficiency is maximal (~50-60%) for low ultrasound intensities and varies slightly with further increases in acoustic power. At high ultrasound intensities, the intensities of the transmitted and diffracted annular beams differ insignificantly. The possible use of this acousto-optical interaction for creating collinear tuneable narrow-band acousto-optical filters at low ultrasonic frequencies is demonstrated.

  16. Spectral characteristics of single-mode-fiber-based cascaded acousto-optic filters

    In this paper, two cascaded single-mode-fiber-based acousto-optic fiber grating schemes have been proposed and a comparative study on their spectral characteristics has been performed. By serially employing two acoustic transducers with the same geometrical and physical settings, a cascaded configuration of acousto-optic fiber gratings has been established. Experimental results indicate that the mode coupling efficiency has been improved due to the presence of the acoustic transducers in a serial configuration. Moreover, another cascaded acousto-optic tunable filter scheme is implemented based on a reflection configuration, in which an acousto-optic tunable filter is employed with a thin silver film coated at the fiber end as an efficient reflector for both of the core and cladding modes. And, moreover, spectral fringes resulting from the intermodal interference between the fundamental core mode and cladding modes have been experimentally observed, which is basically in accordance with our theoretical simulation result. Further theoretical investigation of its transmission spectral response to the acousto-optical coupling coefficient reveals the possibility to control the interference spectrum through adjusting the acousto-optic coupling strength of a single acoustic fiber grating, which is an important feature for the acoustic-grating-based fiber interferometers to be used in practical applications. (paper)

  17. Use of Multiband Acousto-optic Filters for Spectrally Encoded Signals Generation in Incoherent Optical Communication Systems

    Byshevski-Konopko, O. A.; Proklov, V. V.; Filatov, A. L.; Lugovskoi, A. V.; Korablev, E. M.

    New acousto-optical (AO) coder of spectrally optical signals for optical code division multiple access systems (O-CDMA) was proposed and investigated. The coder was developed on a base of multi-frequency acousto-optical filter (MAOF). Control RF signals for MAOF were synthesized taking into account intermodulation distortions and interferences between different carrier frequencies incoming to MAOF. An industrial LED was used under system investigation.

  18. Guided-wave multichannel acousto-optic devices based on collinear wave propagation

    Proklov, Valery V.; Korablev, E. M.

    1992-11-01

    Recently, there appeared in acousto-optics (AO) a tendency to develop the optical information processing technology based on AO spatial light modulators, which are very promising in relation to very fast analog signal processing and algebraic data processing with digital accuracy. The best widely distinguished way to win many other marketing counterparts lies in the performance of AO interactions in guided wave structures with highly developed planar technology. In contrast to numerous developments devoted to guided wave AO devices the collinear ones facilitate multichannel or 2-D-devices to increase their throughput and processing gain. We discuss general backgrounds of the guided wave AO devices, especially in the case of the collinear wave propagations. Some applications similar to the multichannel collinear AO Bragg cell on LiNbO for 2-D-beam scanning, AO spectrum analysis, 2-D- Fourier signal processing, frequency multiplexing/demultiplexing, and digital vector-matrix multiplication are presented.

  19. A Tunable Acousto-Optic Fiber Filter Based on Two Simultaneous Mode Coupling Processes

    MIAO Ren; ZHANG Wei; FENG Xue; ZHAO Jian-Hui; LIU Xiao-Ming

    2009-01-01

    A dynamically tunable fiber filter realizing complex spectra of phase-shifted long period fiber gratings (LPFGs)is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The principle of the filter is based on two acousto-optic coupling processes occurring simultaneously. The first coupling process acts as a normal LPFG, while the second makes the coupling direction of the first process change continuously, leading to a similar transmission spectrum with the phase-shifted LPFGs, in which the changing of coupling direction is realized by the discrete phase shifts of the index modulation. By adjusting the acoustic drive signals, its transmission spectrum can be dynamically tuned to realize the phase-shifted LPFGs' spectra under different phase shift numbers and locations.

  20. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

    Lyakh, A., E-mail: alyakh@pranalytica.com; Barron-Jimenez, R.; Dunayevskiy, I.; Go, R.; Patel, C. Kumar N., E-mail: patel@pranalytica.com [Pranalytica, Inc., 1101 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, California 90401 (United States)

    2015-04-06

    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ∼8.5 μm to ∼9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ∼41MHz to ∼49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ∼4.7 cm{sup −1}. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs.

  1. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ∼8.5 μm to ∼9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ∼41MHz to ∼49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ∼4.7 cm−1. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs

  2. Three-dimensional reconstruction of sound fields based on the acousto-optic effect

    Fernandez Grande, Efren; Torras Rosell, Antoni

    2013-01-01

    -optic tomography via scanning the field with a laser Doppler vibrometer. Consequently, the spatial characteristics of the sound field are captured in the measurement, implicitly bearing the potential for a full holographic reconstruction in a three-dimensional space. Recent studies have examined the reconstruction...... of sound pressure fields from acousto-optic measurements in the audible frequency range, based on Fourier transforms and elementary wave expansion methods. The present study examines the complete reconstruction of the sound field from acousto-optic measurements, recovering all acoustic quantities...

  3. Improving Acousto-Optical Interaction by Mechanical Resonators on a Surface

    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    The finite element method is employed to model surface acoustic waves generated by high aspect ratio electrodes and their interaction with an optical wave in a waveguide. With a periodic model it is first shown that these electrodes act as a mechanical resonator, which introduces several confined...... types of surface acoustic waves compared to using a conventional interdigital transducer with thin electrodes. Thus, this indicates a way to improve acousto-optical interaction for integrated modulators.......The finite element method is employed to model surface acoustic waves generated by high aspect ratio electrodes and their interaction with an optical wave in a waveguide. With a periodic model it is first shown that these electrodes act as a mechanical resonator, which introduces several confined......-optical interaction with an optical wave in a waveguide. The difference in effective refractive index is calculated for the case where a positive and a negative electric potential, respectively, are applied to the electrode above the optical waveguide. This difference is increased more than 500 times using these new...

  4. High-Resolution Broadband Millimeter-Wave Astrophysical Spectrometer with Triple Product Acousto-Optical Processor

    Dagostino, Miguel Chavez; Shcherbakov, Alexandre S.; Arellanes, Adan Omar; Chavushyan, Vahram

    An advanced conceptual design of a high-bit-rate triple product acousto-optical processor is presented that can be applied in a number of astrophysical problems. We briefly describe the Large Millimeter Telescope as one of the potential observational infrastructures where the acousto-optical spectrometer can be successfully used. A summary on the study of molecular gas in relatively old (age > 10 Myr) disks around main sequence stars is provided. We have identified this as one of the science cases in which the proposed processor can have a big impact. Then we put forward triple product acousto-optical processor is able to realize algorithm of the space-and-time integrating, which is desirable for a wide- band spectrum analysis of radio-wave signals with an improved resolution providing the resolution power of about 105 - 106. It includes 1D-acousto-optic cells as the input devices for a 2D-optical data processing. The importance of this al- gorithm is based on exploiting the chirp Z-transform technique providing a 2D-Fourier transform of the input signals. The system produces the folded spectrum, accumulating advantages of both space and time integrating. Its frequency bandwidth is practically equal to the bandwidth of transducers inherent in acousto-optical cells. Then, similar processor is able to provide really high frequency resolution, which is practically equal to the reciprocal of the CCD-matrix photo-detector integration time. Here, the current state of developing the triple product acousto-optical processor in frames of the astrophysical instrumentation is shortly discussed.

  5. Investigating the use of the acousto-optic effect for acoustic holography

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Fernandez Grande, Efren; Jacobsen, Finn; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador

    2012-01-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated that the acousto-optic effect, that is, the interaction between sound and light, can be used as a means to visualize acoustic fields in the audible frequency range. The changes of density caused by sound waves propagating in air induce phase shifts to a laser beam...... that travels through the acoustic field. This phenomenon can in practice be captured with a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV), and the pressure distribution of the acoustic field can be reconstructed using tomography. The present work investigates the potential of the acousto-optic effect in acoustic...... holography. Two different holographic methods are examined for this purpose. One method first reconstructs the hologram plane using acousto-optic tomography and then propagates it using conventional near-field acoustic holography (NAH). The other method exploits the so-called Fourier Slice Theorem and bases...

  6. Double tungsten coil atomic absorption spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter

    An atomic absorption spectrometer based on a quartz acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) monochromator operating in the 271–453 nm range, is described. The instrument was tailored to study the formation and evolution of electrothermal atomic cloud induced either by one or two tungsten coils. The spectrometer also includes a fast response programmable photomultiplier module for data acquisition, and a power supply capable of driving two parallel tungsten coils independently. The atomization cell herein described was manufactured in PTFE and presents a new design with reduced size. Synchronization between the instant of power delivering to start the atomization process and the detection was achieved, allowing for monitoring the atomization and thermal events synchronously and in real time. Absorption signals can be sampled at a rate of a few milliseconds, compatible with the fast phenomena that occur with electrothermal metallic atomizers. The instrument performance was preliminarily evaluated by monitoring the absorption of radiation of atomic clouds produced by standard solutions containing chromium or lead. Its quantitative performance was evaluated by using Cr aqueous solutions, resulting in detection limits as low as 0.24 μg L−1, and a relative standard deviation of 3%. - Highlights: • The use of an Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) as monochromator element in WC AAS is presented for the first time. • The system includes the possibility of using one or two parallel coils. • We propose a new atomization cell design, manufactured on PTFE with reduced size. • The temperature of the coils and the atomic clouds of Pb and Cr were observed synchronously with high temporal resolution

  7. Double tungsten coil atomic absorption spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter

    Jora, M.Z. [Chemistry Institute, State University of Campinas, 13083-970, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Nóbrega, J.A. [Chemistry Department, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Rohwedder, J.J.R. [Chemistry Institute, State University of Campinas, 13083-970, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Pasquini, C., E-mail: manasses.jora@gmail.com [Chemistry Institute, State University of Campinas, 13083-970, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2015-01-01

    An atomic absorption spectrometer based on a quartz acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) monochromator operating in the 271–453 nm range, is described. The instrument was tailored to study the formation and evolution of electrothermal atomic cloud induced either by one or two tungsten coils. The spectrometer also includes a fast response programmable photomultiplier module for data acquisition, and a power supply capable of driving two parallel tungsten coils independently. The atomization cell herein described was manufactured in PTFE and presents a new design with reduced size. Synchronization between the instant of power delivering to start the atomization process and the detection was achieved, allowing for monitoring the atomization and thermal events synchronously and in real time. Absorption signals can be sampled at a rate of a few milliseconds, compatible with the fast phenomena that occur with electrothermal metallic atomizers. The instrument performance was preliminarily evaluated by monitoring the absorption of radiation of atomic clouds produced by standard solutions containing chromium or lead. Its quantitative performance was evaluated by using Cr aqueous solutions, resulting in detection limits as low as 0.24 μg L{sup −1}, and a relative standard deviation of 3%. - Highlights: • The use of an Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) as monochromator element in WC AAS is presented for the first time. • The system includes the possibility of using one or two parallel coils. • We propose a new atomization cell design, manufactured on PTFE with reduced size. • The temperature of the coils and the atomic clouds of Pb and Cr were observed synchronously with high temporal resolution.

  8. Optical transmission of single crystal tellurium for application in acousto-optic cells

    The optical properties of single crystals of tellurium (Te) are investigated in order to develop acousto-optic (AO) devices operating in the longwave infrared spectral region. The optical transparency of carefully cut and polished plates and large size samples of Te crystals was measured from 4 to 24 µm. The absorption of ordinary and extraordinary polarized optical beams was measured along various directions in the crystal with respect to the optic axis. Using a 10.6 µm CO2 laser the absorption coefficient for the best samples of Te was found to be 0.07 cm−1 for the ordinary and between 0.07 and 4.0 cm−1 for the extraordinary polarized optical beam. Here, we also discuss the possible application of Te crystals in fabricating AO imaging filters

  9. Investigating the use of the acousto-optic effect for acoustic holography

    Torras Rosell, Antoni; Fernandez Grande, Efren; Jacobsen, Finn;

    2012-01-01

    . Two different holographic methods are examined for this purpose. One method first reconstructs the hologram plane using acousto-optic tomography and then propagates it using conventional near-field acoustic holography (NAH). The other method exploits the so-called Fourier Slice Theorem and bases all...

  10. Guided-wave acousto-optics interactions, devices, and applications

    1990-01-01

    The field of integrated- or guided-wave optics has experienced significant and continuous growth since its inception in the late 1960s. There has been a considerable increase in research and development activity in this field worldwide and some significant advances in the realization of working in­ tegrated optic devices and modules have been made in recent years. In fact, there have already been some commercial manufacturing and technical ap­ plications of such devices and modules. The guided-wave-acoustooptics involving Bragg interactions between guided optical waves and surface acoustic waves is one of the areas of in­ tegrated-optics that has reached some degree of scientific and technological maturity. This topical volume is devoted to an in-depth treatment of this emerging branch of science and technology. Presented in this volume are concise treatments on bulk-wave acoustooptics, guided-wave optics, and surface acoustic waves, and detailed studies of guided-wave acoustooptic Bragg diffraction in thr...

  11. Improving surface acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2009-01-01

    The acousto-optical interaction of an optical wave confined inside a waveguide and a surface acoustic wave launched by an interdigital transducer (IDT) at the surface of a piezoelectric material is considered. The IDT with high aspect ratio electrodes supports several acoustic modes that are strongly confined to the surface, causing a significant increase in the strain underneath the surface. A finite element method is employed to model the surface acoustic waves generated by a finite length ...

  12. Analysis of the deviation of the diffracted beams caused by acousto-optic tunable filter in multispectral imaging

    Yu Yang; Xuejun Sha; Zhonghua Zhang

    2011-01-01

    The deviation caused by acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) diffraction in multispectral imaging is analyzed through derivation calculus of the deviation angle. The rotatory polarization of acousto-optic crystal is taken into account in this analysis. The relationships between the polar angle of the incident and the diffracted beams are acquired by using the momentum-matching condition. During the diffraction of the incident beams, far more deviations are induced.%@@ The deviation caused by acousto-optic tunable filter(AOTF) diffraction in multispectral imaging is analyzed through derivation calculus of the deviation angle.The rotatory polarization of acousto-optic crystal is taken into account in this analysis.The relationships between the polar angle of the incident and the diffracted beams are acquired by using the momentum-matching condition.During the diffraction of the incident beams,far more deviations are induced.

  13. Improving surface acousto-optical interaction by high aspect ratio electrodes

    Dühring, Maria Bayard; Laude, Vincent; Khelif, Abdelkrim

    2009-01-01

    propagating in a waveguide buried in the lithium niobate substrate supporting the electrodes. The interaction can be increased up to 600 times using these new types of surface acoustic waves as compared to using a conventional IDT with thin electrodes. This result could find applications in improved acousto......The acousto-optical interaction of an optical wave confined inside a waveguide and a surface acoustic wave launched by an interdigital transducer (IDT) at the surface of a piezoelectric material is considered. The IDT with high aspect ratio electrodes supports several acoustic modes that are...... strongly confined to the surface, causing a significant increase in the strain underneath the surface. A finite element method is employed to model the surface acoustic waves generated by a finite length IDT with 12 electrode pairs and subsequently to study their interaction with an optical wave...

  14. High repetition rate laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy using acousto-optically gated detection

    Pořízka, Pavel; Klessen, Benjamin; Kaiser, Jozef; Gornushkin, Igor; Panne, Ulrich; Riedel, Jens

    2014-07-01

    This contribution introduces a new type of setup for fast sample analysis using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The novel design combines a high repetition rate laser (up to 50 kHz) as excitation source and an acousto-optical modulator (AOM) as a fast switch for temporally gating the detection of the emitted light. The plasma radiation is led through the active medium of the AOM where it is diffracted on the transient ultrasonic Bragg grid. The diffracted radiation is detected by a compact Czerny-Turner spectrometer equipped with a CCD line detector. Utilizing the new combination of high repetition rate lasers and AOM gated detection, rapid measurements with total integration times of only 10 ms resulted in a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.13 wt.% for magnesium in aluminum alloys. This short integration time corresponds to 100 analyses/s. Temporal gating of LIP radiation results in improved LODs and consecutively higher sensitivity of the LIBS setup. Therefore, an AOM could be beneficially utilized to temporally detect plasmas induced by high repetition rate lasers. The AOM in combination with miniaturized Czerny-Turner spectrometers equipped with CCD line detectors and small footprint diode pumped solid state lasers results in temporally gateable compact LIBS setups.

  15. Double tungsten coil atomic absorption spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter

    Jora, M. Z.; Nóbrega, J. A.; Rohwedder, J. J. R.; Pasquini, C.

    2015-01-01

    An atomic absorption spectrometer based on a quartz acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) monochromator operating in the 271-453 nm range, is described. The instrument was tailored to study the formation and evolution of electrothermal atomic cloud induced either by one or two tungsten coils. The spectrometer also includes a fast response programmable photomultiplier module for data acquisition, and a power supply capable of driving two parallel tungsten coils independently. The atomization cell herein described was manufactured in PTFE and presents a new design with reduced size. Synchronization between the instant of power delivering to start the atomization process and the detection was achieved, allowing for monitoring the atomization and thermal events synchronously and in real time. Absorption signals can be sampled at a rate of a few milliseconds, compatible with the fast phenomena that occur with electrothermal metallic atomizers. The instrument performance was preliminarily evaluated by monitoring the absorption of radiation of atomic clouds produced by standard solutions containing chromium or lead. Its quantitative performance was evaluated by using Cr aqueous solutions, resulting in detection limits as low as 0.24 μg L- 1, and a relative standard deviation of 3%.

  16. Determination of refractive index variation of a glass-integrated optical waveguide by the acousto-optic effect

    Ion exchange on a glass substrate is now a well-known technology that enables the realization of optical waveguide devices. In recent years, the hybridization of ion-exchanged glass waveguides has become a promising method for functional integration. In this context, an integrated Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI), made by ion exchange on a glass substrate, was used to realize an acousto-optic modulator. Over one arm of the MZI a PZT ceramic driven by a high-voltage signal was glued. The acoustic waves cross the light waveguide and locally modify the refractive index of the glass. The optical intensity observed at the output of the interferometer varies according to the piezoelectric ceramic excitation. This component is used to find the relation between the refractive index change induced and the applied stress. Measurements were made for two linear polarizations: TE and TM. The proposed method was validated on a specific glass substrate and can be directly extended to any kind of glass

  17. Generation of spectral-encoded signals in noncoherent optical communication systems based on acousto-optic multiwavelength filters

    Proklov, V. V.; Byshevski-Konopko, O. A.; Filatov, A. L.

    2015-10-01

    New acousto-optical (AO) methods and devices necessary for the creation of noncoherent optical code division multiple access (O-CDMA) systems are considered. Based on an AO multiwavelength filter, an original device generating spectral-encoded signals for O-CDMA systems with optimum WDM has been created and studied. It is shown that modern AO technology is capable of surmounting difficulties that previously hindered the transition of optical communication systems to CDMA data transmission.

  18. Depth discrimination in acousto-optic cerebral blood flow measurement simulation

    Tsalach, A.; Schiffer, Z.; Ratner, E.; Breskin, I.; Zeitak, R.; Shechter, R.; Balberg, M.

    2016-03-01

    Monitoring cerebral blood flow (CBF) is crucial, as inadequate perfusion, even for relatively short periods of time, may lead to brain damage or even death. Thus, significant research efforts are directed at developing reliable monitoring tools that will enable continuous, bed side, simple and cost-effective monitoring of CBF. All existing non invasive bed side monitoring methods, which are mostly NIRS based, such as Laser Doppler or DCS, tend to underestimate CBF in adults, due to the indefinite effect of extra-cerebral tissues on the obtained signal. If those are to find place in day to day clinical practice, the contribution of extra-cerebral tissues must be eliminated and data from the depth (brain) should be extracted and discriminated. Recently, a novel technique, based on ultrasound modulation of light was developed for non-invasive, continuous CBF monitoring (termed ultrasound-tagged light (UTL or UT-NIRS)), and shown to correlate with readings of 133Xe SPECT and laser Doppler. We have assembled a comprehensive computerized simulation, modeling this acousto-optic technique in a highly scattering media. Using the combination of light and ultrasound, we show how depth information may be extracted, thus distinguishing between flow patterns taking place at different depths. Our algorithm, based on the analysis of light modulated by ultrasound, is presented and examined in a computerized simulation. Distinct depth discrimination ability is presented, suggesting that using such method one can effectively nullify the extra-cerebral tissues influence on the obtained signals, and specifically extract cerebral flow data.

  19. Optical modulators with 2D layered materials

    Sun, Zhipei; Martinez, Amos; Wang, Feng

    2016-04-01

    Light modulation is an essential operation in photonics and optoelectronics. With existing and emerging technologies increasingly demanding compact, efficient, fast and broadband optical modulators, high-performance light modulation solutions are becoming indispensable. The recent realization that 2D layered materials could modulate light with superior performance has prompted intense research and significant advances, paving the way for realistic applications. In this Review, we cover the state of the art of optical modulators based on 2D materials, including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus. We discuss recent advances employing hybrid structures, such as 2D heterostructures, plasmonic structures, and silicon and fibre integrated structures. We also take a look at the future perspectives and discuss the potential of yet relatively unexplored mechanisms, such as magneto-optic and acousto-optic modulation.

  20. Holographic reconstruction of sound fields based on the acousto-optic effect

    Fernandez Grande, Efren; Torras Rosell, Antoni; Jacobsen, Finn

    2013-01-01

    yielding a full characterization of the sound field. In this study, a direct projection of the Radon transform from one plane to another and into the space domain, based on an elementary wave expansion is proposed. The relationship between the Radon and the wavenumber domains is examined, and the......Recent studies have shown that it is possible to measure a sound field using acousto-optic tomography. Theacousto-optic effect, i.e., the interaction between sound and light, can be used to measure an arbitrary soundfield by scanning it with a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) over an aperture; This...

  1. Acousto-optic filter for electronic laser tuning

    Harris, S. E.

    1972-01-01

    Electronically tunable lithium niobate filter utilizes acoustic-optic diffraction for tuning laser to desired frequencies. Filter placed inside laser cavity diffracts incident optical signal of one polarization into orthogonal polarization by collinearly propagating acoustic beam to desired wavelength.

  2. Acousto-optic tunable filter for dispersion characterization of time-domain optical coherence tomography systems.

    Chin, Catherine; Toadere, Florin; Feuchter, Thomas; Leick, Lasse; Moselund, Peter; Bradu, Adrian; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-07-20

    A broadband supercontinuum light source with an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) are used to characterize dispersion in two time-domain OCT systems, at 850 and 1300 nm. The filter is designed to sweep across two spectral ranges, which are restricted here from 800 to 900 nm and from 1200 to 1500 nm, respectively. Dispersion compensation for 850 nm was achieved with a spectral delay line. Dispersion compensation for 1300 nm was achieved using BK 7 rod glasses in the reference arm. The AOTF allows evaluation of dispersion in under as well as overcompensated systems. The AOTF method is based on wavelength dependence of the optical path difference corresponding to the maximum strength of the interference signal recorded using a mirror as object. Comparison is made between the AOTF method and the more usual method based on measurement of the full width at half-maximum of the autocorrelation peak. This comparison shows that the AOTF method is more accurate in terms of evaluation of the dispersion left uncompensated after each adjustment. The AOTF method additionally provides information on the direction of dispersion compensation. PMID:27463927

  3. Tunable semiconductor laser with an acousto-optic filter in an external fibre cavity

    A tunable semiconductor laser with a laser amplifier based on a double-pass superluminescent diode as an active element and an acousto-optic filter in an external fibre cavity as a selective element is investigated. A continuous spectral tuning is achieved in a band of width 60 nm centered at a wavelength of 845 nm and the 'instant' linewidth below 0.05 nm is obtained. The sweep frequency within the tuning range achieves 200 Hz. The cw power at the output of a single-mode fibre was automatically maintained constant at the level up to 1.5 mW. (lasers and amplifiers)

  4. Acousto-optics bandwidth broadening in a Bragg cell based on arbitrary synthesized signal methods.

    Peled, Itay; Kaminsky, Ron; Kotler, Zvi

    2015-06-01

    In this work, we present the advantages of driving a multichannel acousto-optical deflector (AOD) with a digitally synthesized multifrequency RF signal. We demonstrate a significant bandwidth broadening of ∼40% by providing well-tuned phase control of the array transducers. Moreover, using a multifrequency, complex signal, we manage to suppress the harmonic deflections and return most of the spurious energy to the main beam. This method allows us to operate the AOD with more than an octave of bandwidth with negligible spurious energy going to the harmonic beams and a total bandwidth broadening of over 70%. PMID:26192666

  5. Contrast enhancement in microscopy of human thyroid tumors by means of acousto-optic adaptive spatial filtering

    Yushkov, Konstantin B.; Molchanov, Vladimir Y.; Belousov, Pavel V.; Abrosimov, Aleksander Y.

    2016-01-01

    We report a method for edge enhancement in the images of transparent samples using analog image processing in coherent light. The experimental technique is based on adaptive spatial filtering with an acousto-optic tunable filter in a telecentric optical system. We demonstrate processing of microscopic images of unstained and stained histological sections of human thyroid tumor with improved contrast.

  6. An optical modulator

    Thévenaz, Luc; Dainesi, Paolo

    2003-01-01

    An optical modulator is arranged to compensate for the thermo-optical modulating effects induced by charge-injection based phase modulators. It comprises first modulator means (3), that receive optical radiation (11, 21), direct it along an optical path, apply a first predetermined optical phase modulation by the injection of free charges into the optical path, and output optical radiation (13, 22) so modulated. Compensator means (4) apply, to optical radiation output from (13, 22), or to be ...

  7. The Experimental Study on Wide-band Tunable All-fiber Acousto-optic Filter Based on Null Coupler

    LI Tong; LI Qun; LIU Dan; LIU Xiaoming; PENG Jiangde

    2000-01-01

    The fiber acousto-optic filter is fabricated successfully for the first time in China. The mode conversion is realized by the acoustic-wave induced perturbation. Excess loss of 0.1 dB and continuous tuning range between 1470 nm and 1580 nm are obtained. The polarization dependence of the filter is studied experimentally.

  8. Acousto-optically induced single-frequency operation of a monolithic Nd:phosphate glass ring laser

    C. Bollig; Clarkson, W.A.; Hanna, D.C.; Lovering, D.S.; Jones, G.C.W.

    1995-01-01

    A diode-pumped single-frequency monolithic Nd:phosphate glass ring laser is described, in which the acousto-optic effect is used to enforce unidirectional lasing. Output powers up to 30mW for 400mW of pump have been achieved.

  9. Acousto-optic interaction in biconical tapered fibers: shaping of the stopbands

    Ramírez-Meléndez, Gustavo; Bello-Jiménez, Miguel Ángel; Cuadrado-Laborde, Christian; Díez, Antonio; Cruz, José Luis; Rodríguez-Cobos, Amparo; Balderas-Navarro, Raúl; Andrés Bou, Miguel Vicente

    2016-03-01

    The effect of a gradual reduction of the fiber diameter on the acousto-optic (AO) interaction is reported. The experimental and theoretical study of the intermodal coupling induced by a flexural acoustic wave in a biconical tapered fiber shows that it is possible to shape the transmission spectrum, for example, substantially broadening the bandwidth of the resonant couplings. The geometry of the taper transitions can be regarded as an extra degree of freedom to design the AO devices. Optical bandwidths above 45 nm are reported in a tapered fiber with a gradual reduction of the fiber down to 70 μm diameter. The effect of including long taper transition is also reported in a double-tapered structure. A flat attenuation response is reported with 3-dB stopband bandwidth of 34 nm.

  10. On the possibility of developing incoherent fibre-optic data transmission systems based on signal spectral coding with matched acousto-optical filters

    The scheme is suggested for developing the optical communication line based on the principle of code division of multiple access with matched acousto-optical filters and a 16-bit long Walsh sequence. Results of modelling show that such a line can operate if adjacent spectral lines are separated by at least double the Rayleigh criterion. (optical information transmission)

  11. Electro-mechanically induced GHz rate optical frequency modulation in silicon

    Tallur, Siddharth

    2012-01-01

    We present a monolithic silicon acousto-optic frequency modulator (AOFM) operating at 1.09GHz. Direct spectroscopy of the modulated laser power shows asymmetric sidebands which indicate coincident amplitude modulation and frequency modulation. Employing mechanical levers to enhance displacement of the optical resonator resulted in greater than 67X improvement in the opto-mechanical frequency modulation factor over earlier reported numbers for silicon nanobeams.

  12. Acousto-optic method used to control water pollution by miscible liquids

    Ferria, Kouider; Griani, Lazhar; Laouar, Naamane

    2012-05-01

    An acousto-optic (A.O.) method has been developed for controlling the quality of water mixed by miscible liquids like acetone or ethanol… The liquid mixture is filled in a rectangular glass cell, which is placed orthogonally to the incident collimated beam of light. This cell consists of a piezoelectric transducer for generating ultrasonic waves. The collimated light while passing through this cell undergoes a diffraction phenomenon. The diffracted dots are collected by a converging photographic objective and displayed in its back focal plane. The location of the diffracted dots and their intensity are sensitive to any variation of the interaction medium. This result leads to decide about the quality of the water.

  13. Tapered acoustical directional couplers for integrated acousto-optical mode converters with weighted coupling

    Herrmann, Harald; Rust, Ulrich; Schafer, Klaus

    1995-03-01

    Weighted coupling for strong sidelobe suppression of integrated acoustooptical mode converters in LiNbO3 using acoustical directional couplers has been studied theoretically and experimentally. A parameter free model for the propagation of surface acoustic waves in guiding structures has been developed based on a step-like variation of the acoustic velocity. Comparisons of theoretical results with experimental ones for acoustic waveguides and directional coupler structures confirm the applicability of the model. A coupled mode description of the acousto-optical polarization conversion in converters with acoustical directional couplers has been developed and applied to several tapered acoustical directional couplers. The model reveals that the conversion characteristics are usually strongly asymmetric. If the directional coupler is appropriately designed, a sidelobe suppression of about 30 dB can be achieved. First experimental results with tapered directional couplers confirm within some limits the theoretical predictions.

  14. Compensation of spatial dispersion of an acousto-optic deflector with a special Keplerian telescope.

    Hu, Qinglei; Zhou, Zhenqiao; Lv, Xiaohua; Zeng, Shaoqun

    2016-01-15

    Compensation of spatial dispersion caused by the acousto-optic deflector (AOD) when using a femtosecond laser is difficult across the whole scanning range of the system, and this is a significant impediment to its use. In conventional methods, the dispersion of the AOD was compensated only when it was at a particular position, while at other positions, the quality of the light beam was reduced. We developed a novel method for compensating the spatial dispersion within the entire scanning range using a special Keplerian telescope. Our experimental results show that the residual dispersion of the AOD is compensated sufficiently, and the focal spots of the laser reach the diffraction limit within a 40-MHz ultrasound bandwidth. PMID:26766675

  15. Application of the acousto-optic effect to pressure measurements in ultrasound fields in water using a laser vibrometer

    Buick, James; J. A. Cosgrove; Douissard, P. -A.; Greated, C. A.; Gilabert, B.

    2004-01-01

    A non-intrusive measuring technique, applied to sensing and measuring acoustic waves at ultrasonic frequencies is considered. The method is optically based and so does not interfere with the ultrasound field. The measurement procedure relies on the acousto-optic effect, that is the change in refractive index which occurs with changing pressure in the ultrasound field. This change in refractive index is detected through the change in the path length of a laser beam propagating through the regi...

  16. On the possibility of developing incoherent fibre-optic data transmission systems based on signal spectral coding with matched acousto-optical filters

    Proklov, Valerii V.; Byshevski-Konopko, O. A.; Grigorievski, V. I.

    2013-06-01

    The scheme is suggested for developing the optical communication line based on the principle of code division of multiple access with matched acousto-optical filters and a 16-bit long Walsh sequence. Results of modelling show that such a line can operate if adjacent spectral lines are separated by at least double the Rayleigh criterion.

  17. An acousto-optical method for registration of erythrocytes' agglutination reaction—sera color influence on the resolving power

    Doubrovski, V. A.; Medvedeva, M. F.; Torbin, S. O.

    2016-01-01

    The absorption spectra of agglutinating sera were used to determine blood groups. It was shown experimentally that the sera color significantly affects the resolving power of the acousto-optical method of blood typing. In order to increase the resolving power of the method and produce an invariance of the method for sera color, we suggested introducing a probing light beam individually for different sera. The proposed technique not only improves the resolving power of the method, but also reduces the risk of false interpretation of the experimental results and, hence, error in determining the blood group of the sample. The latter is especially important for the typing of blood samples with weak agglutination of erythrocytes. This study can be used in the development of an instrument for instrumental human blood group typing based on the acousto-optical method.

  18. Optimization of spectral filtering parameters of acousto-optic pure rotational Raman lidar for atmospheric temperature profiling

    Zhu, Jianhua; Wan, Lei; Nie, Guosheng; Guo, Xiaowei

    2003-12-01

    In this paper, as far as we know, it is the first time that a novel acousto-optic pure rotational Raman lidar based on acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) is put forward for the application of atmospheric temperature measurements. AOTF is employed in the novel lidar system as narrow band-pass filter and high-speed single-channel wavelength scanner. This new acousto-optic filtering technique can solve the problems of conventional pure rotational Raman lidar, e.g., low temperature detection sensitivity, untunability of filtering parameters, and signal interference between different detection channels. This paper will focus on the PRRS physical model calculation and simulation optimization of system parameters such as the central wavelengths and the bandwidths of filtering operation, and the required sensitivity. The theoretical calculations and optimization of AOTF spectral filtering parameters are conducted to achieve high temperature dependence and sensitivity, high signal intensities, high temperature of filtered spectral passbands, and adequate blocking of elastic Mie and Rayleigh scattering signals. The simulation results can provide suitable proposal and theroetical evaluation before the integration of a practical Raman lidar system.

  19. Configurable-bandwidth imaging spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter

    Vila-Francés, Joan; Calpe-Maravilla, Javier; Muñoz-Mari, Jordi; Gómez-Chova, Luis; Amorós-López, Julia; Ribes-Gómez, Emilio; Durán-Bosch, Vicente

    2006-07-01

    This article presents a new imaging spectrometer called autonomous tunable filtering system. The instrument acquires sequential images at different spectral wavelengths in the visible and near infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The spectral selection is performed by an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF), which is driven by a custom radio-frequency (rf) generator based on a direct digital synthesizer (DDS). The DDS allows a high flexibility in terms of acquisition speed and bandwidth selection. The rf power is dynamically controlled to drive the AOTF with the optimum value for each wavelength. The images are formed through a carefully designed optical layout and acquired with a high performance digital camera. The application software controls the instrument and acquires the raw spectral images from the camera. This software optionally corrects the image for the AOTF nonidealities, such as diffraction efficiency variations, spatial nonuniformity, and chromatic aberration, and generates a single multiband image file. Moreover, the software can calculate the reflectance or transmittance of the acquired images. The instrument has been calibrated to give precise and repetitive measurements and has been validated against a high performance point spectrometer. As a case example, the instrument has been successfully used for the mapping of chlorophyll content of plant leaves from their multispectral reflectance images.

  20. A novel acousto-optic tunable filter for use in hyperspectral imaging systems

    Stedham, C.; Draper, M.; Ward, J.; Wachman, E.; Pannell, C.

    2008-02-01

    The design and performance characteristics of a novel Acousto Optic Tunable Filter (AOTF) are presented. Particular attention has been paid to the reduction of optical side lobes, maximising the light throughput and achieving efficient wideband RF matching of a device for use in hyperspectral imaging systems. Conventional AOTFs are known to yield an optical pass band with side lobes at unacceptable levels of ~-10dB relative to the transmission peak. It is known that shaping the acoustic beam ("apodisation") can suppress the side lobe transmission of the AOTF and improve its imaging capabilities. Results of a novel electrode apodisation pattern are presented, reducing sidelobes to ~-25dB. This produces an AOTF which is capable of being placed in a diffraction limited optical system and introduces negligible amounts of image degradation. The large transducer area (associated with the large optical aperture) and acoustic impedance mismatch between the AO substrate (TeO II) and transducer (LiNbO 3) pose a challenge in achieving wideband RF performance. Acoustic mismatch between substrate and transducer has been addressed by the introduction of a special acoustic matching layer in the bond. The layer reduces dispersion in the transducer impedance easing broadband matching. The transducer has a low (resistance which must be matched to the RF driver (typically 50 ohms). This very low impedance may be swamped by the parasitic impedances of the electrode, bond layers and wire bonds used for electrical connection. Thus, the transducer is split into series-connected sections to increase the "bare" impedance. We present results to show the performance increase that can be obtained this way.

  1. Direct multi-channel optical spectrum analysis of radio-wave signals using collinear wave heterodyning in the single acousto-optical cell

    An attempt is made to improve the accuracy of a multi-channel parallel acousto-optical spectrum analysis through involving an additional nonlinear conversion into data processing. For this purpose we investigate the potential of exploiting a co-directional collinear wave heterodyning within an analysis of ultra-high-frequency radio-wave signals. The wave heterodyning under the proposal is performed via mixing the longitudinal elastic waves of finite amplitudes. It leads to a two-cascade processing in the single-crystalline cell and makes it possible to improve the relative frequency resolution of the acousto-optical spectrum analysis by an order of magnitude at the same frequency range. Both the theoretical findings and the corresponding estimations were used in proof-of-principle experiments directed at creating a new type of acousto-optical cell. The general concept of the proposed method and the basic conclusions are confirmed by experiments with the developed acousto-optic cell made of a lead molybdate crystal

  2. Optical modulators with two-dimensional layered materials

    Sun, Zhipei; Wang, Feng

    2016-01-01

    Light modulation is an essential operation in photonics and optoelectronics. With existing and emerging technologies increasingly demanding compact, efficient, fast and broadband optical modulators, high-performance light modulation solutions are becoming indispensable. The recent realization that two-dimensional layered materials could modulate light with superior performance has prompted intense research and significant advances, paving the way for realistic applications. In this review, we cover the state-of-the-art of optical modulators based on two-dimensional layered materials including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus. We discuss recent advances employing hybrid structures, such as two-dimensional heterostructures, plasmonic structures, and silicon/fibre integrated structures. We also take a look at future perspectives and discuss the potential of yet relatively unexplored mechanisms such as magneto-optic and acousto-optic modulation.

  3. Deflection of a monochromatic THz beam by acousto-optic methods

    The possibility of controlled deflection of an electromagnetic THz beam of a free-electron laser by acousto-optic (AO) methods has been demonstrated for the first time. The material of the AO deflector was chosen to be single-crystal germanium, which has a fairly large refractive index (n = 4.0) and a relatively low absorption coefficient for electromagnetic waves. The absorption coefficient α in germanium is 0.75 ± 0.02 cm-1 at a wavelength λ = 140 μm. The diffracted beam intensity is shown to be maximum at an effective AO interaction length l = 1/α. A diffraction efficiency of 0.05% at a travelling acoustic wave power of 1.0 W is experimentally obtained. It is established that a change in the ultrasonic frequency from 25 to 39 MHz leads to variation in the external Bragg angle in the range from 19.5° to 27.5°. At a fixed Bragg angle θB = 22.4° the frequency band of diffraction is 4.2 ± 0.1 MHz and the angular range of laser beam scanning reaches 2.5° ± 0.5°. The results obtained indicate that AO interaction can be used for controlled deflection of electromagnetic THz beams. (terahertz radiation)

  4. Deflection of a monochromatic THz beam by acousto-optic methods

    Voloshinov, V B; Nikitin, P A [Department of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Gerasimov, V V; Choporova, Yu Yu [G.I. Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Knyazev, B A [Novosibirsk National Research State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2013-12-31

    The possibility of controlled deflection of an electromagnetic THz beam of a free-electron laser by acousto-optic (AO) methods has been demonstrated for the first time. The material of the AO deflector was chosen to be single-crystal germanium, which has a fairly large refractive index (n = 4.0) and a relatively low absorption coefficient for electromagnetic waves. The absorption coefficient α in germanium is 0.75 ± 0.02 cm{sup -1} at a wavelength λ = 140 μm. The diffracted beam intensity is shown to be maximum at an effective AO interaction length l = 1/α. A diffraction efficiency of 0.05% at a travelling acoustic wave power of 1.0 W is experimentally obtained. It is established that a change in the ultrasonic frequency from 25 to 39 MHz leads to variation in the external Bragg angle in the range from 19.5° to 27.5°. At a fixed Bragg angle θ{sub B} = 22.4° the frequency band of diffraction is 4.2 ± 0.1 MHz and the angular range of laser beam scanning reaches 2.5° ± 0.5°. The results obtained indicate that AO interaction can be used for controlled deflection of electromagnetic THz beams. (terahertz radiation)

  5. An acousto-optic tunable filter enhanced CO{sub 2} lidar atmospheric monitor

    Taylor, L.H.; Suhre, D.R.; Mani, S.S. [and others

    1996-12-31

    The atmospheric monitor conceptual design is based on a pulsed CO{sub 2} laser. The narrow laser lines provide high spectral selectivity in the 9-11 {mu}m region, within the 8-14 {mu}m ``fingerprint`` region where most large molecules have unique spectral absorption signatures. Laser power has been chosen so that topological objects, e.g., trees or buildings, as far as 4 km can be used as backreflectors, but the laser intensity is sufficiently low that the laser beam is eye-safe. Time-of-flight measurements give the distance to the topological reflector. The lidar system is augmented with an acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) which measures the thermal emission spectra from 3 to 14 {mu}m with a 3 cm{sup -1} passband. Sensitivity to narrow emission lines is enhanced by derivative spectroscopy in which the passband of the AOTF is dithered via the rf drive. Path-averaged concentrations are determined from the emission intensity and laser- determined range.

  6. Sub-optical wavelength acoustic wave modulation of integrated photonic resonators at microwave frequencies.

    Tadesse, Semere Ayalew; Li, Mo

    2014-01-01

    Light-sound interactions have long been exploited in various acousto-optic devices based on bulk crystalline materials. Conventionally, these devices operate in megahertz frequency range where the acoustic wavelength is much longer than the optical wavelength and a long interaction length is required to attain significant coupling. With nanoscale transducers, acoustic waves with sub-optical wavelengths can now be excited to induce strong acousto-optic coupling in nanophotonic devices. Here we demonstrate microwave frequency surface acoustic wave transducers co-integrated with nanophotonic resonators on piezoelectric aluminum nitride substrates. Acousto-optic modulation of the resonance modes at above 10 GHz with the acoustic wavelength significantly below the optical wavelength is achieved. The phase and modal matching conditions in this scheme are investigated for efficient modulation. The new acousto-optic platform can lead to novel optical devices based on nonlinear Brillouin processes and provides a direct, wideband link between optical and microwave photons for microwave photonics and quantum optomechanics. PMID:25400144

  7. The ANTARES Optical Module

    the ANTARES Collaboration

    2001-01-01

    The ANTARES collaboration is building a deep sea neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. This detector will cover a sensitive area of typically 0.1 km-squared and will be equipped with about 1000 optical modules. Each of these optical modules consists of a large area photomultiplier and its associated electronics housed in a pressure resistant glass sphere. The design of the ANTARES optical module, which is a key element of the detector, has been finalized following extensive R & D studi...

  8. Optical fibre gratings and their applications as acousto-optic devices

    Liu, W. F

    1998-01-01

    1.1 Background Fibre optics has gained prominence in the fields of optical fibre communication, instrumentation, cable television and optical data networks. The major application however is in the area of the optical network where the availability of a wide variety of all-optical components is essential to the development of an all-optical network. Components based on optical fibres are extremely attractive due to their intrinsically low loss and compatibility with the fibre system. R...

  9. Optical modulator including grapene

    Liu, Ming; Yin, Xiaobo; Zhang, Xiang

    2016-06-07

    The present invention provides for a one or more layer graphene optical modulator. In a first exemplary embodiment the optical modulator includes an optical waveguide, a nanoscale oxide spacer adjacent to a working region of the waveguide, and a monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to the spacer. In a second exemplary embodiment, the optical modulator includes at least one pair of active media, where the pair includes an oxide spacer, a first monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to a first side of the spacer, and a second monolayer graphene sheet adjacent to a second side of the spacer, and at least one optical waveguide adjacent to the pair.

  10. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy

  11. Multistage spectral polarimeter based on integrated acousto-optical Ti:LiNbO3 TE-TM converters for WDM system monitoring

    Noe, Reinhold; Maucher, A.; Ricken, Raimund

    1999-04-01

    A 4-stage spectral polarimeter based on Ti:LiNbO3 acousto- optical TE-TM converters has been realized. It has about 20 dB stopband suppression and can measure polarimetric spectra as well as the time evolution of the state of polarization. A simple optical spectrum analyzer is also proposed.

  12. Integrated acousto-optic polarization converter in a ZX-cut LiNbO(3) waveguide superlattice.

    Yudistira, D; Janner, D; Benchabane, S; Pruneri, V

    2009-10-15

    We report an integrated acousto-optic polarization converter exploiting a novel surface acoustic superlattice (S-ASL) transducer. The S-ASL transducer is made of a ZX-cut periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal with uniform coplanar electrodes for surface acoustic wave (SAW) generation. For a PPLN period of 20 microm the SAW is excited at an rf of about 190 MHz, while the phase matching occurs at an optical wavelength of around 1456 nm. The measured mode conversion efficiency of 90% at an input rf power of 1 W and the 3 dB optical bandwidth of 2.5 nm confirm the confinement of the SAW between the electrode gap and the constructive interaction along the whole 10 mm electrode length. PMID:19838274

  13. The ANTARES optical module

    The ANTARES collaboration is building a deep sea neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean Sea. This detector will cover a sensitive area of typically 0.1 km2 and will be equipped with about 1000 optical modules. Each of these optical modules consists of a large area photomultiplier and its associated electronics housed in a pressure resistant glass sphere. The design of the ANTARES optical module, which is a key element of the detector, has been finalized following extensive R and D studies and is reviewed here in detail

  14. Analysis of line broadening and spectral asymmetry in an all-fiber torsional acousto-optic band-pass filter

    The transmission properties of an all-fiber torsional acousto-optic (AO) band-pass filter with a sub-nm bandwidth is studied. The device is based on torsional AO coupling in a highly birefringent (HB) optical fiber. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) measured in a conventional band (C-band) is 0.88 nm, which is compared with the theoretical value of 0.45 nm estimated by using the coupled mode theory. The line broadening and the spectral asymmetry observed in experiments are investigated in detail through our theoretical model and full numerical analyses. The influence of the non-uniformity in the birefringence of the HB fiber on the filter's transmission is analyzed quantitatively in terms of the change in the filtering bandwidth, the sidelobe asymmetry, and the resonance shift.

  15. Femtosecond terahertz time-domain spectroscopy at 36 kHz scan rate using an acousto-optic delay

    Urbanek, B.; Möller, M.; Eisele, M.; Baierl, S.; Kaplan, D.; Lange, C.; Huber, R.

    2016-03-01

    We present a rapid-scan, time-domain terahertz spectrometer employing femtosecond Er:fiber technology and an acousto-optic delay with attosecond precision, enabling scanning of terahertz transients over a 12.4-ps time window at a waveform refresh rate of 36 kHz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of 1.7 × 105 / √{ H z } . Our approach enables real-time monitoring of dynamic THz processes at unprecedented speeds, which we demonstrate through rapid 2D thickness mapping of a spinning teflon disc at a precision of 10 nm/ √{ H z } . The compact, all-optical design ensures alignment-free operation even in harsh environments.

  16. Femtosecond THz time domain spectroscopy at 36 kHz scan rate using an acousto-optic delay

    Urbanek, B; Eisele, M; Baierl, S; Kaplan, D; Lange, C; Huber, R

    2016-01-01

    We present a rapid-scan, time-domain terahertz spectrometer employing femtosecond Er:fiber technology and an acousto-optic delay with attosecond precision, enabling scanning of terahertz transients over a 12.4 ps time window at a waveform refresh rate of 36 kHz, and a signal-to-noise ratio of $1.7 \\times 10^5/\\sqrt{\\rm Hz}$. Our approach enables real-time monitoring of dynamic THz processes at unprecedented speeds, which we demonstrate through rapid 2D thickness mapping of a spinning teflon disc at a precision of $10\\,\\rm nm/\\sqrt{\\rm Hz}$. The compact, all-optical design ensures alignment-free operation even in harsh environments.

  17. All-fiber tunable laser based on an acousto-optic tunable filter and a tapered fiber.

    Huang, Ligang; Song, Xiaobo; Chang, Pengfa; Peng, Weihua; Zhang, Wending; Gao, Feng; Bo, Fang; Zhang, Guoquan; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-04-01

    An all-fiber tunable laser was fabricated based on an acousto-optic tunable filter and a tapered fiber. The structure was of a high signal-to-noise ratio, therefore, no extra gain flattening was needed in the laser. In the experiment, the wavelength of the laser could be tuned from 1532.1 nm to 1570.4 nm with a 3-dB bandwidth of about 0.2 nm. Given enough nonlinearity in the laser cavity, it could also generate a sliding-frequency pulse train. The laser gains advantages of fast tuning and agility in pulse generation, and its simple structure is low cost for practical applications. PMID:27137035

  18. Pure electrical, highly-efficient and sidelobe free coherent Raman spectroscopy using acousto-optics tunable filter (AOTF)

    Meng, Zhaokai; Petrov, Georgi I.; Yakovlev, Vladislav V.

    2016-02-01

    Fast and sensitive Raman spectroscopy measurements are imperative for a large number of applications in biomedical imaging, remote sensing and material characterization. Stimulated Raman spectroscopy offers a substantial improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio but is often limited to a discrete number of wavelengths. In this report, by introducing an electronically-tunable acousto-optical filter as a wavelength selector, a novel approach to a broadband stimulated Raman spectroscopy is demonstrated. The corresponding Raman shift covers the spectral range from 600 cm-1 to 4500 cm-1, sufficient for probing most vibrational Raman transitions. We validated the use of the new instrumentation to both coherent anti-Stokes scattering (CARS) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) spectroscopies.

  19. Acousto-optical adaptive correction of a chirped laser pulse spectral profile in a Nd-phosphate glass regenerative amplifier

    We present results of experimental research carried out with the help of an acousto-optical light dispersive delay line (LDDL) on spectral correction of chirped laser pulses in a Nd-doped phosphate glass regenerative amplifier (RA) characterized by high gain (G ≈ 4 × 107). The spectral resolution of the LDDL was equal to 1.1 cm−1 at a diffraction efficiency greater than 80%. The use of the LDDL made it possible to implement operating conditions of the RA under which the duration of the output chirped pulse did not shorten in comparison with the duration of the input one, which meant that the width of the spectral emission could be preserved. (letter)

  20. The effect of input phase modulation to a phase-sensitive optical amplifier

    Li, Tian; Horrom, Travis; Jones, Kevin M; Lett, Paul D

    2016-01-01

    Many optical applications depend on amplitude modulating optical beams using devices such as acousto-optical modulators (AOMs) or optical choppers. Methods to add amplitude modulation (AM) often inadvertently impart phase modulation (PM) onto the light as well. While this PM is of no consequence to many phase-insensitive applications, phase-sensitive processes can be affected. Here we study the effects of input phase and amplitude modulation on the output of a quantum-noise limited phase-sensitive optical amplifier (PSA) realized in hot $^{85}$Rb vapor. We investigate the dependence of PM on AOM alignment and demonstrate a novel approach to quantifying PM by using the PSA as a diagnostic tool. We then use this method to measure the alignment-dependent PM of an optical chopper which arises due to diffraction effects as the chopper blade passes through the optical beam.

  1. Narrow linewidth broadband tunable semiconductor laser at 840 nm with dual acousto-optic tunable configuration for OCT applications

    Chamorovskiy, Alexander; Shramenko, Mikhail V.; Lobintsov, Andrei A.; Yakubovich, Sergei D.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a tunable narrow linewidth semiconductor laser for the 840 nm spectral range. The laser has a linear cavity comprised of polarization maintaining (PM) fiber. A broadband semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) in in-line fiber-coupled configuration acts as a gain element. It is based on InGaAs quantum-well (QW) active layer. SOA allows for tuning bandwidth exceeding 25 nm around 840 nm. Small-signal fiber-to-fiber gain of SOA is around 30 dB. A pair of acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTF) with a quasi-collinear interaction of optical and acoustic waves are utilized as spectrally selective elements. AOTF technology benefits in continuous tuning, broadband operation, excellent reproducibility and stability of the signal, as well as a high accuracy of wavelength selectivity due to the absence of mechanically moving components. A single AOTF configuration has typical linewidth in 0.05-0.15 nm range due to a frequency shift obtained during each roundtrip. A sequential AOTF arrangement enables instantaneous linewidth generation of power is in the range of 1 mW. While the majority of commercial tunable sources operate in 1060-1550 nm spectral ranges, the 840 nm spectral range is beneficial for optical coherence tomography (OCT). The developed narrow linewidth laser can be relevant for OCT with extended imaging depth, as well as spectroscopy, non-destructive testing and other applications.

  2. Bit error rate optimization of an acousto-optic tracking system for free-space laser communications

    Sofka, J.; Nikulin, V.

    2006-02-01

    Optical communications systems have been gaining momentum with the increasing demand for transmission bandwidth in the last several years. Optical cable based solutions have become an attractive alternative to copper based system in the most bandwidth demanding applications due to increased bandwidth and longer inter-repeater distances. The promise of similar benefits over radio communications systems is driving the research into free space laser communications. Along with increased communications bandwidth, a free space laser communications system offers lower power consumption and the possibility for covert data links due to the concentration of the energy of the laser into a narrow beam. A narrow beam, however, results in a requirement for much more accurate and agile steering, so that a data link can be maintained in a scenario of communication platforms in relative motion or in the presence of vibrations. This paper presents a laser beam tracking system employing an acousto-optic cell capable of deflecting a laser beam at a very high rate (order of tens of kHz). The tracking system is subjected to vibrations to simulate a realistic implementation, resulting in the increase of BER. The performance of the system can be significantly improved through digital control. A constant gain controller is complemented by a Kalman filter the parameters of which are optimized to achieve the lowest possible BER for a given vibrations spectrum.

  3. A rapid excitation-emission matrix fluorometer utilizing supercontinuum white light and acousto-optic tunable filters

    Wang, Wenbo; Wu, Zhenguo; Zhao, Jianhua; Lui, Harvey; Zeng, Haishan

    2016-06-01

    Scanning speed and coupling efficiency of excitation light to optic fibres are two major technical challenges that limit the potential of fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectrometer for on-line applications and in vivo studies. In this paper, a novel EEM system, utilizing a supercontinuum white light source and acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs), was introduced and evaluated. The supercontinuum white light, generated by pumping a nonlinear photonic crystal fiber with an 800 nm femtosecond laser, was efficiently coupled into a bifurcated optic fiber bundle. High speed EEM spectral scanning was achieved using AOTFs both for selecting excitation wavelength and scanning emission spectra. Using calibration lamps (neon and mercury argon), wavelength deviations were determined to vary from 0.18 nm to -0.70 nm within the spectral range of 500-850 nm. Spectral bandwidth for filtered excitation light broadened by twofold compared to that measured with monochromatic light between 650 nm and 750 nm. The EEM spectra for methanol solutions of laser dyes were successfully acquired with this rapid fluorometer using an integration time of 5 s.

  4. A modeling-based assessment of acousto-optic sensing for monitoring high-intensity focused ultrasound lesion formation

    Adams, Matthew Tyler

    Real-time acousto-optic (AO) sensing---a dual-wave modality that combines ultrasound with diffuse light to probe the optical properties of turbid media---has been demonstrated to non-invasively detect changes in ex vivo tissue optical properties during high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) exposure. The AO signal indicates the onset of lesion formation and predicts resulting lesion volumes. Although proof-of-concept experiments have been successful, many of the underlying parameters and mechanisms affecting thermally induced optical property changes and the AO detectability of HIFU lesion formation are not well understood. In thesis, a numerical simulation was developed to model the AO sensing process and capture the relevant acoustic, thermal, and optical transport processes. The simulation required data that described how optical properties changed with heating. Experiments were carried out where excised chicken breast was exposed to thermal bath heating and changes in the optical absorption and scattering spectra (500 nm--1100 nm) were measured using a scanning spectrophotometer and an integrating sphere assembly. Results showed that the standard thermal dose model currently used for guiding HIFU treatments needs to be adjusted to describe thermally induced optical property changes. To model the entire AO process, coupled models were used for ultrasound propagation, tissue heating, and diffusive light transport. The angular spectrum method was used to model the acoustic field from the HIFU source. Spatial-temporal temperature elevations induced by the absorption of ultrasound were modeled using a finite-difference time-domain solution to the Pennes bioheat equation. The thermal dose model was then used to determine optical properties based on the temperature history. The diffuse optical field in the tissue was then calculated using a GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo algorithm, which accounted for light-sound interactions and AO signal detection. The simulation was

  5. Narrow linewidth broadband tunable semiconductor laser at 840 nm with dual acousto-optic tunable configuration for OCT applications

    Chamorovskiy, Alexander; Shramenko, Mikhail V.; Lobintsov, Andrei A.; Yakubovich, Sergei D.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a tunable narrow linewidth semiconductor laser for the 840 nm spectral range. The laser has a linear cavity comprised of polarization maintaining (PM) fiber. A broadband semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) in in-line fiber-coupled configuration acts as a gain element. It is based on InGaAs quantum-well (QW) active layer. SOA allows for tuning bandwidth exceeding 25 nm around 840 nm. Small-signal fiber-to-fiber gain of SOA is around 30 dB. A pair of acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTF) with a quasi-collinear interaction of optical and acoustic waves are utilized as spectrally selective elements. AOTF technology benefits in continuous tuning, broadband operation, excellent reproducibility and stability of the signal, as well as a high accuracy of wavelength selectivity due to the absence of mechanically moving components. A single AOTF configuration has typical linewidth in 0.05-0.15 nm range due to a frequency shift obtained during each roundtrip. A sequential AOTF arrangement enables instantaneous linewidth generation of <0.01 nm by compensating for this shift. Linewidth as narrow as 0.0036 nm is observed at 846 nm wavelength using a scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer with 50 MHz spectral resolution. Output power is in the range of 1 mW. While the majority of commercial tunable sources operate in 1060-1550 nm spectral ranges, the 840 nm spectral range is beneficial for optical coherence tomography (OCT). The developed narrow linewidth laser can be relevant for OCT with extended imaging depth, as well as spectroscopy, non-destructive testing and other applications.

  6. Characterization of the non-collinear acousto-optical cell based on calomel (Hg2Cl2) crystal and operating within the two-phonon light scattering

    Shcherbakov, Alexandre S.; Arellanes, Adan O.

    2016-03-01

    Performances of any system for data processing based on acousto-optical technique are mainly determined by parameters of the acousto-optical cell (AOC) exploited within the schematic arrangement. Here, basic properties of the AOC, involved into a novel processor for precise optical spectrum analysis dedicated to modern astrophysical applications, are considered. Because potential applications of this processor will be focused on investigations in extra-galactic astronomy as well as studies of extra-solar planets, an advanced regime of the non-collinear two-phonon light scattering has been elaborated for spectrum analysis with significantly improved spectral resolution. Under similar uprated requirements, the AOC, based on that specific regime in the calomel (Hg2Cl2) crystal, had been chosen, and its parameters were analyzed theoretically and verified experimentally. Then, the adequate approach to estimating the frequency/spectral bandwidth and spectral resolution had been developed. The bandwidth was calculated and experimentally realized with the additionally involved tilt angle of light incidence, allowing variations for acoustic frequencies. The resolution was characterized taking into account its doubling peculiar to the nonlinear two-phonon mechanism of light scattering. Proof-of-principle experiments were performed with the calomel AOC of 52 mm optical aperture, providing ~94% efficiency in the transmitted light due to the slow-shear acoustic mode of finite amplitude (the acoustic power density ~150 mW/mm2) with the velocity of 0.347×105 cm/s at the radio-wave acoustic frequency ~71 MHz. As a result, we have obtained the spectral resolution <0.235 Å within the spectral bandwidth <290 Å that looks as the best one can mention at the moment in acousto-optics.

  7. Multilevel Modulation formats for Optical Communication

    Jensen, Jesper Bevensee

    2008-01-01

    This thesis studies the use of multilevel modulation formats for optical communication systems. Multilevel modulation is an attractive method of increasing the spectral efficiency of optical communication systems. Various modulation formats employing phase modulation, amplitude modulation or a...

  8. 基于光纤叠栅的全光纤声光可调谐滤波器的特性分析∗%Analysis of all fib er acousto-optic tunable filter based on sup erimp osed fib er Bragg gratings

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, an all fiber acousto-optic tunable filter based on superimposed fiber Bragg gratings (SFBG-AOTF) is demonstrated and studied. Compared to the normal fiber Bragg gratings based all fiber acousto-optic tunable filter, SFBG-AOTF can modulate the two optical resonant wavelengths of the gratings synchronously. The spectrum of SFBG-AOTF at various acoustic frequencies and under acoustically induced strains, has been analyzed theoretically. Based on simulation results, one can find that each order of the secondary reflection peak is symmetrical with respect to the two primary reflection peaks with SFBG as the center, and the resonant wavelength spacing between the primary reflection peak and the secondary reflection peak which is modulated by the former, is proportional to the acoustic frequency. But the resonant wavelength between the same order secondary reflection peaks which are modulated by two different primary reflection peaks, is independent of the acoustic frequency. The acoustically induced strains mainly affect the variation of the reflectivities of the primary and secondary reflection peaks. In the experiment, the spectra of SFBG-AOTF with acoustic frequencies of 390 and 710 kHz, are measured. The variation trend of the experimental results accords well with the simulated one.

  9. Sub-optical wavelength acoustic wave modulation of integrated photonic resonators at microwave frequencies

    Tadesse, Semere Ayalew; Li, Mo

    2014-01-01

    Light-sound interactions have long been exploited in various acousto-optic devices based on bulk crystalline materials. Conventionally these devices operate in megahertz frequency range where the acoustic wavelength is much longer than the optical wavelength and a long interaction length is required to attain significant coupling. With nanoscale transducers, acoustic waves with sub-optical wavelengths can now be excited to induce strong acousto-optic coupling in nanophotonic devices. Here we ...

  10. Optical interconnects for multichip modules

    Haas, Franz; Honey, David A.

    1994-06-01

    A 16-channel plane-to-plane optical interconnect suitable for a multilayer multichip module computer system was demonstrated. a single diffractive optic element was used to focus the outputs from a 4 X 4 array of LEDs son one plane to a corresponding array of photodetectors on a second plane. This architecture can be used to overcome the speed, interconnect number and density, and power limitations of traditional electronic interconnects.

  11. Optical DQPSK Modulation Performance Evaluation

    Costa, Nelson; Cartaxo, Adolfo

    2010-01-01

    The performance evaluation of simulated optical DQPSK modulation has been analysed. The EDP of DQPSK signals is approximately Gaussian-distributed. Thus, a SASM for DQPSK systems performance evaluation based on the GA has been proposed. The SASM relies on the use of the closed-form expressions derived for the mean and STD of the EDP

  12. High Power Continuous-Wave and Acousto-Optic Q-Switched Nd:GdVO4 Laser Operated at 912 nm

    GAO Jing; Yu Xin; CHEN Fei; LI Xu-Dong; ZHANG Zhen; YU Jun-Hua; WANG Yue-Zhu

    2008-01-01

    We present a high power and efficient operation of the 4F3/2→4I9/2transition in Nd:GdVO4 at 912 nm.In the cw mode,the maximum output power of 8.6 W is achieved when the incident pump power is 40.3W,leading to a slope efficiency of 33.3%and an optical-optical efficiency of 21.3%.To the best of our knowledge,this is the highest cw laser power at 912nm obtained with the conventional Nd:GdVO4 crystal.Pulsed operation of 912 nm laser has also been realized by inserting a small acousto-optic (A-O)Q-Switch inside the resonator.As a result,the minimal pulse width of 20ns and the average laser power 1.43 W at the repetition rate of 10kHz are obtained,corresponding to 7.1 kW peak power.We believe that this is the highest laser peak power at 912 nm.Furthermore.duration of 65 ns has also been acquired when the repetition rate is 100 kHz.

  13. The visible to the near infrared narrow band acousto-optic tunable filter and the hyperspectral microscopic imaging on biomedicine study

    Based on the parallel tangents momentum-matching condition, a narrow band noncollinear acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) using a single TeO2 crystal is designed with the consideration of the birefringence and the rotatory property of the material. An effective setup is established to evaluate the performance of the designed AOTF. The experimental observed spectrum pattern of the diffracted light is nearly the same with the theoretical result. The measured tuning relationship between the diffracted central optical wavelength and acoustic frequency is in accordance with the theoretical prospect. The optical bandwidth of the diffracted light is as narrow as 1.88 nm when the central wavelength is 556.75 nm. The high spectral resolution is significant in practical applications of imaging AOTF. Additionally, the AOTF based hyperspectral microscopic imaging system is established. The stability and the image resolution of the designed narrow band AOTF are satisfying. Finally, the study of the biologic samples indicates the feasibility of our system on biomedicine. (paper)

  14. Optical Electronics. Electronics Module 9. Instructor's Guide.

    Franken, Bill

    This module is the ninth of 10 modules in the competency-based electronics series. Introductory materials include a listing of competencies addressed in the module, a parts/equipment list, and a cross reference table of instructional materials. Five instructional units cover: fiber optic cable; optical coupler; lasers and masers; optical displays;…

  15. A fundamental mode miniature acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with short pulse width at high repetition rates

    A miniature, high repetition rate, short pulse width acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser in fundamental mode is presented. Miniature solid-state lasers have the characteristics of short cavity length and small mode area in the cross section, which, on the one hand, benefits high gain, high repetition rate and short pulse width, on the other hand, makes it difficult to achieve high mode-matching efficiency and causes higher order modes oscillation. The thermal lens in Nd:YVO4 is treated as thick lens under high pump intensity. The mode-matching efficiency is analyzed with the thermal lens being equivalent to a thin lens array. In high repetition rate Q-switching operation, 3.6 ns pulses at 500 kHz repetition rate with 20 mm cavity length and 4.1 kW peak power are achieved, without active control of pump beam quality. The laser beam quality factors were measured to be Mx2 = 2.03, My2 = 2.46. By improving the pump beam quality and utilizing the optimal pump beam waist radius and location, the mode-matching efficiency and laser beam quality are improved. 4.0 ns pulses at 500 kHz with 2.5 kW peak power are produced. The beam quality factors were measured to be Mx2 = 1.31, My2 = 1.43

  16. Efficient diode-pumped acousto-optic Q-switched Er:Yb:GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4) pulse laser at 1522  nm.

    Chen, Y J; Lin, Y F; Huang, J H; Gong, X H; Luo, Z D; Huang, Y D

    2015-11-01

    End-pumped by a continuous-wave 976 nm diode laser, efficient 1522 nm laser operation was demonstrated in an Er:Yb:GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal when a sapphire crystal was used as a heat diffuser. A continuous-wave 1522 nm laser with a maximum output power of 750 mW and slope efficiency of 36% was realized at an absorbed pump power of 4.1 W. The pulse performances of an acousto-optic Q-switched laser with various repetition frequencies were investigated in detail. In a repetition frequency range of 1-10 kHz, 1522 nm pulse lasers with a slope efficiency of about 10%, peak output power at the kilowatt level, and width of about 50 ns were first obtained in an Er:Yb:GdAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal pumped by a continuous-wave diode laser. The results indicate that the crystal is a promising gain medium for an actively Q-switched 1.5 μm laser. PMID:26512485

  17. Plasma optical modulators for intense lasers

    Yu, Lu-Le; Qian, Lie-Jia; Chen, Min; Weng, Su-Ming; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Jaroszynski, D A; Mori, W B; Zhang, Jie

    2016-01-01

    Optical modulators can be made nowadays with high modulation speed, broad bandwidth, while being compact, owing to the recent advance in material science and microfabrication technology. However, these optical modulators usually work for low intensity light beams. Here, we present an ultrafast, plasma-based optical modulator, which can directly modulate high power lasers with intensity up to 10^16 W/cm^2 level to produce an extremely broad spectrum with a fractional bandwidth over 100%, extending to the mid-infrared regime in the low-frequency side. This concept relies on two co-propagating laser beams in a sub-mm-scale underdense plasma, where a drive laser pulse first excites an electron plasma wave in its wake while a following carrier laser beam is modulated by the plasma wave. The laser and plasma parameters suitable for the modulator to work are presented. Such optical modulators may enable new applications in the high field physics.

  18. Noise and detection in ''optical'' modulation spectroscopy

    The measuring techniques suitable for ''optical'' modulation spectroscopy are analyzed and source of noise identified. The choice of optical detector is for photoelectrical devices. It is shown that the shot noise of phototubes is the most important noise source

  19. Phase-Modulated Optical Communication Systems

    Ho, Keang-Po

    2005-01-01

    Fiber-optic communication systems have revolutionized our telecommunication infrastructures – currently, almost all telephone land-line, cellular, and internet communications must travel via some form of optical fibers. In these transmission systems, neither the phase nor frequency of the optical signal carries information – only the intensity of the signal is used. To transmit more information in a single optical carrier, the phase of the optical carrier must be explored. As a result, there is renewed interest in phase-modulated optical communications, mainly in direct-detection DPSK signals for long-haul optical communication systems. When optical amplifiers are used to maintain certain signal level among the fiber link, the system is limited by amplifier noises and fiber nonlinearities. Phase-Modulated Optical Communication Systems surveys this newly popular area, covering the following topics: The transmitter and receiver for phase-modulated coherent lightwave systems Method for performance analysis o...

  20. Nanosecond liquid crystalline optical modulator

    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2016-07-26

    An optical modulator includes a liquid crystal cell containing liquid crystal material having liquid crystal molecules oriented along a quiescent director direction in the unbiased state, and a voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material wherein the direction of the applied electric field does not cause the quiescent director direction to change. An optical source is arranged to transmit light through or reflect light off the liquid crystal cell with the light passing through the liquid crystal material at an angle effective to undergo phase retardation in response to the voltage source applying the electric field. The liquid crystal material may have negative dielectric anisotropy, and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is transverse to the quiescent director direction. Alternatively, the liquid crystal material may have positive dielectric anisotropy and the voltage source configured to apply an electric field to the liquid crystal material whose electric field vector is parallel with the quiescent director direction.

  1. Plasma optical modulators for intense lasers

    Yu, Lu-Le; Zhao, Yao; Qian, Lie-Jia; Chen, Min; Weng, Su-Ming; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Mori, W. B.; Zhang, Jie

    2016-01-01

    Optical modulators can have high modulation speed and broad bandwidth, while being compact. However, these optical modulators usually work for low-intensity light beams. Here we present an ultrafast, plasma-based optical modulator, which can directly modulate high-power lasers with intensity up to 1016 W cm−2 to produce an extremely broad spectrum with a fractional bandwidth over 100%, extending to the mid-infrared regime in the low-frequency side. This concept relies on two co-propagating laser pulses in a sub-millimetre-scale underdense plasma, where a drive laser pulse first excites an electron plasma wave in its wake while a following carrier laser pulse is modulated by the plasma wave. The laser and plasma parameters suitable for the modulator to work are based on numerical simulations. PMID:27283369

  2. Plasma optical modulators for intense lasers

    Yu, Lu-Le; Zhao, Yao; Qian, Lie-Jia; Chen, Min; Weng, Su-Ming; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Mori, W. B.; Zhang, Jie

    2016-06-01

    Optical modulators can have high modulation speed and broad bandwidth, while being compact. However, these optical modulators usually work for low-intensity light beams. Here we present an ultrafast, plasma-based optical modulator, which can directly modulate high-power lasers with intensity up to 1016 W cm-2 to produce an extremely broad spectrum with a fractional bandwidth over 100%, extending to the mid-infrared regime in the low-frequency side. This concept relies on two co-propagating laser pulses in a sub-millimetre-scale underdense plasma, where a drive laser pulse first excites an electron plasma wave in its wake while a following carrier laser pulse is modulated by the plasma wave. The laser and plasma parameters suitable for the modulator to work are based on numerical simulations.

  3. Efficient and high-power green beam generation by frequency doubling of acousto-optic Q-switched diode-side pumped Nd:YAG rod laser in a coupled cavity

    S K Sharma; A J Singh; P K Mukhopadhyay; S M Oak

    2010-11-01

    A 52-W green laser at 532 nm by extra-cavity second-harmonic generation in a coupled-cavity configuration is demonstrated. The fundamental laser is a diode-side-pumped acousto-optic (AO) Q-switched Nd:YAG rod laser producing 84 W of average power at 1064 nm at 8 kHz repetition rate. Type-II phase-matched polished KTP crystal is used as the nonlinear crystal for second-harmonic generation. The individual green pulse width is 50 ns and the fundamental to second harmonic conversion efficiency is 61.8%.

  4. MO-A-BRD-01: An Investigation of the Dynamic Response of a Novel Acousto-Optic Liquid Crystal Detector for Full-Field Transmission Ultrasound Breast Imaging

    Rosenfield, J.R.; La Riviere, P.J. [The University of Chicago, Department of Radiology (United States); Sandhu, J.S. [Santec Systems Inc., Arlington Heights, IL (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To characterize the dynamic response of a novel acousto-optic (AO) liquid crystal detector for high-resolution transmission ultrasound breast imaging. Transient and steady-state lesion contrast were investigated to identify optimal transducer settings for our prototype imaging system consistent with the FDA limits of 1 W/cm{sup 2} and 50 J/cm{sup 2} on the incident acoustic intensity and the transmitted acoustic energy flux density. Methods: We have developed a full-field transmission ultrasound breast imaging system that uses monochromatic plane-wave illumination to acquire projection images of the compressed breast. The acoustic intensity transmitted through the breast is converted into a visual image by a proprietary liquid crystal detector operating on the basis of the AO effect. The dynamic response of the AO detector in the absence of an imaged breast was recorded by a CCD camera as a function of the acoustic field intensity and the detector exposure time. Additionally, a stereotactic needle biopsy breast phantom was used to investigate the change in opaque lesion contrast with increasing exposure time for a range of incident acoustic field intensities. Results: Using transducer voltages between 0.3 V and 0.8 V and exposure times of 3 minutes, a unique one-to-one mapping of incident acoustic intensity to steady-state optical brightness in the AO detector was observed. A transfer curve mapping acoustic intensity to steady-state optical brightness shows a high-contrast region analogous to the linear portion of the Hurter-Driffield curves of radiography. Using transducer voltages between 1 V and 1.75 V and exposure times of 90 s, the lesion contrast study demonstrated increasing lesion contrast with increasing breast exposure time and acoustic field intensity. Lesion-to-background contrast on the order of 0.80 was observed. Conclusion: Maximal lesion contrast in our prototype system can be obtained using the highest acoustic field intensity and the

  5. MO-A-BRD-01: An Investigation of the Dynamic Response of a Novel Acousto-Optic Liquid Crystal Detector for Full-Field Transmission Ultrasound Breast Imaging

    Purpose: To characterize the dynamic response of a novel acousto-optic (AO) liquid crystal detector for high-resolution transmission ultrasound breast imaging. Transient and steady-state lesion contrast were investigated to identify optimal transducer settings for our prototype imaging system consistent with the FDA limits of 1 W/cm2 and 50 J/cm2 on the incident acoustic intensity and the transmitted acoustic energy flux density. Methods: We have developed a full-field transmission ultrasound breast imaging system that uses monochromatic plane-wave illumination to acquire projection images of the compressed breast. The acoustic intensity transmitted through the breast is converted into a visual image by a proprietary liquid crystal detector operating on the basis of the AO effect. The dynamic response of the AO detector in the absence of an imaged breast was recorded by a CCD camera as a function of the acoustic field intensity and the detector exposure time. Additionally, a stereotactic needle biopsy breast phantom was used to investigate the change in opaque lesion contrast with increasing exposure time for a range of incident acoustic field intensities. Results: Using transducer voltages between 0.3 V and 0.8 V and exposure times of 3 minutes, a unique one-to-one mapping of incident acoustic intensity to steady-state optical brightness in the AO detector was observed. A transfer curve mapping acoustic intensity to steady-state optical brightness shows a high-contrast region analogous to the linear portion of the Hurter-Driffield curves of radiography. Using transducer voltages between 1 V and 1.75 V and exposure times of 90 s, the lesion contrast study demonstrated increasing lesion contrast with increasing breast exposure time and acoustic field intensity. Lesion-to-background contrast on the order of 0.80 was observed. Conclusion: Maximal lesion contrast in our prototype system can be obtained using the highest acoustic field intensity and the longest breast

  6. Highly Sensitive Electro-Optic Modulators

    DeVore, Peter S [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-10-26

    There are very important diagnostic and communication applications that receive faint electrical signals to be transmitted over long distances for capture. Optical links reduce bandwidth and distance restrictions of metal transmission lines; however, such signals are only weakly imprinted onto the optical carrier, resulting in low fidelity transmission. Increasing signal fidelity often necessitates insertion of radio-frequency (RF) amplifiers before the electro-optic modulator, but (especially at high frequencies) RF amplification results in large irreversible distortions. We have investigated the feasibility of a Sensitive and Linear Modulation by Optical Nonlinearity (SALMON) modulator to supersede RF-amplified modulators. SALMON uses cross-phase modulation, a manifestation of the Kerr effect, to enhance the modulation depth of an RF-modulated optical wave. This ultrafast process has the potential to result in less irreversible distortions as compared to a RF-amplified modulator due to the broadband nature of the Kerr effect. Here, we prove that a SALMON modulator is a feasible alternative to an RFamplified modulator, by demonstrating a sensitivity enhancement factor greater than 20 and significantly reduced distortion.

  7. Monte Carlo Simulation of Scattered Light with Shear Waves Generated by Acoustic Radiation Force for Acousto-Optic Imaging

    A Monte Carlo method of multiple scattered coherent light with the information of shear wave propagation in scattering media is presented. The established Monte-Carlo algorithm is mainly relative to optical phase variations due to the acoustic-radiation-force shear-wave-induced displacements of light scatterers. Both the distributions and temporal behaviors of optical phase increments in probe locations are obtained. Consequently, shear wave speed is evaluated quantitatively. It is noted that the phase increments exactly track the propagations of shear waves induced by focus-ultrasound radiation force. In addition, attenuations of shear waves are demonstrated in simulation results. By using linear regression processing, the shear wave speed, which is set to 2.1 m/s in simulation, is estimated to be 2.18 m/s and 2.35 m/s at time sampling intervals of 0.2 ms and 0.5 ms, respectively

  8. Acousto-optic Q-switched laser performances of Er3+∶yb3+∶LuAl3(BO3)4 crystal at 1.5-1.6 μm

    Yujin Chen; Yanfu Lin; Haiyong Zhu; Ge Zhang; Yidong Huang

    2012-01-01

    Diode-pumped acousto-optic Q-switched pulse laser at 1.5-1.6μm is obtained in an Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3 (BO3)4 crystal. Single-pulse laser operation with slope efficiency of 14% and threshold of approximately 100 mW is realized at an average absorbed pump power of 314 mW and repetition frequency of 20 kHz. Output pulse energy is 67 μJ. The effects of pulse repetition frequency, absorbed pump power, and duty cycle on the wavelength and pulse profile of the Q-switched Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 laser are also investigated.%Diode-pumped acousto-optic Q-switched pulse laser at 1.5-1.6 μm is obtained in an Er3+∶Yb3+∶LuAl3 (BO3)4 crystal.Single-pulse laser operation with slope efficiency of 14% and threshold of approximately 100 mW is realized at an average absorbed pump power of 314 mW and repetition frequency of 20 kHz.Output pulse energy is 67 μJ.The effects of pulse repetition frequency,absorbed pump power,and duty cycle on the wavelength and pulse profile of the Q-switched Er3+∶yb3+∶LuAl3(BO3)4 laser are also investigated.

  9. Acousto-optic effect in a nematic liquid-crystal layer under the binary effect of sound and viscous waves

    The optical effect in a liquid crystal cell containing a homeotropic layer of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) is analyzed. An NLC layer, located between crossed polaroids and opaque in the absence of external effect, is cleared after irradiation by an ultrasonic beam with a sharp spatial boundary. This enlightenment is suggested to be caused by the reorientation of crystal molecules in the acoustic flows that arise under the binary effect of the layer compression in the irradiated region and the viscous waves propagating from the layer boundaries. The flows were calculated taking into account the stress caused by the velocity convection and crystal structure relaxation. An expression is derived for the cell transparency, and the relative role of the convection and relaxation processes in the effect is determined.

  10. Use of acousto-optic grating as a sensor for determining the adulteration in liquids being used in daily life

    Soni, Kirti; Kasana, R. S.

    2008-01-01

    An optical sensor has been developed for finding the proportional composition of two liquids in a mixture. The variation of the refractive index of a liquid produces light diffraction phenomenon. A liquid mixture is filled in a rectangular glass cell, which is placed orthogonically to the incident collimated beams of light. This cell consists of a piezoelectric crystal vibrator for generating ultrasonic waves. The collimated light while passing through this cell gets diffracted. The diffracted dots are collected by a converging lens and displayed in the back focal plane of the lens. The location of the diffracted dots decide the composition of mixture constituents namely fuel oils, edible oils, wine, water, etc. Thus, the adulteration of various liquids can be determined by having the knowledge of the position of diffraction dots.

  11. Acousto-optic effect in a nematic liquid-crystal layer under the binary effect of sound and viscous waves

    Kozhevnikov, E. N., E-mail: kozhev@ssu.samara.ru [Samara State University (Russian Federation)

    2010-03-15

    The optical effect in a liquid crystal cell containing a homeotropic layer of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) is analyzed. An NLC layer, located between crossed polaroids and opaque in the absence of external effect, is cleared after irradiation by an ultrasonic beam with a sharp spatial boundary. This enlightenment is suggested to be caused by the reorientation of crystal molecules in the acoustic flows that arise under the binary effect of the layer compression in the irradiated region and the viscous waves propagating from the layer boundaries. The flows were calculated taking into account the stress caused by the velocity convection and crystal structure relaxation. An expression is derived for the cell transparency, and the relative role of the convection and relaxation processes in the effect is determined.

  12. Optically Modulated Multiband Terahertz Perfect Absorber

    Seren, Huseyin R.; Keiser, George R.; Cao, Lingyue;

    2014-01-01

    response of resonant metamaterials continues to be a challengingendeavor. Resonant perfect absorbers have flourished as one of the mostpromising metamaterial devices with applications ranging from power har-vesting to terahertz imaging. Here, an optically modulated resonant perfectabsorber is presented...

  13. The optical module of Baikal-GVD

    Avrorin A.D.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The Baikal-GVD neutrino telescope in Lake Baikal is intended for studying astrophysical neutrino fluxes by recording the Cherenkov radiation of the secondary muons and showers generated in neutrino interactions. The first stage of Baikal-GVD will be equipped with about 2300 optical modules. We describe the design of the optical module, the front-end electronics and the laboratory characterization and calibration before deployment.

  14. Optical Response of a Liquid Crystal modulator

    The progress in liquid crystal device technology has led to the development of different electro-optical displays from simple digital watchs to high information content computer screens. In these electro-optical systems modulation of light by means of a liquid crystal device is very important subject both from the point of fundamental physics and for possible technological applications. In this study we describe a liquid crystal modulator which consists of a thin film of liquid crystal contained between parallel conductive glass plates. The surfaces of the plates are treated so that the liquid crystal molecules are parallel to the surfaces but twists about an axis normal to the surfaces by an angle of 90 degree from one substrate to the other. In a liquid crystal modulator the dielectric and optical anisotropies are used to modulate a laser beam passing through the film. If an electric field is applied across the film the molecules realign parallel to the electric field to form the homeotropic structure which has no optical modulation effect. Thus, the electric field-dependent transmission of the liquid crystal modulator is characterized. We also analyze the response behavior of the liquid crystal modulator

  15. Polybinary modulation for bandwidth limited optical links

    Vegas Olmos, Juan José; Jurado-Navas, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Optical links using traditional modulation formats are reaching a plateau in terms of capacity, mainly due to bandwidth limitations in the devices employed at the transmitter and receivers. Advanced modulation formats, which boost the spectral efficiency, provide a smooth migration path towards...... form of partial response modulation, employs simple codification and filtering at the transmitter to drastically increase the spectral efficiency. At the receiver side, poly binary modulation requires low complexity direct detection and very little digital signal processing. This talk will review the...

  16. Method and apparatus of highly linear optical modulation

    DeRose, Christopher; Watts, Michael R.

    2016-05-03

    In a new optical intensity modulator, a nonlinear change in refractive index is used to balance the nonlinearities in the optical transfer function in a way that leads to highly linear optical intensity modulation.

  17. Graphene Based Optical Phase Modulation

    Midrio, Michele; Romagnoli, Marco; Kimerling, Lionel C; Michel, Jurgen

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we report phase modulation obtained by inducing a capacitive charge on graphene layers embedded in the core of a waveguide. There is a biasing regime in which graphene absorption is negligible but large index variations can be achieved with a voltage-length product as small as $V_\\pi\\,L_\\pi \\simeq 0.04 $\\,V\\,cm . Examples of phase induced changes are computed for straight waveguides and for microring resonators showing the possibility to implement several optoelectronic functionalities as modulators, tunable filters, and switches.

  18. Linear frequency modulation with electronic-optics modulator

    Cao, Changqing; Zeng, Xiaodong; Zheng, Yili; Liu, Huanhuan; Zhao, Xiaoyan

    2007-11-01

    The spatial resolution of a space communication system is constrained by the diffraction limit of the telescope aperture. In a frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW), the frequency of the laser is ramped, and the frequency difference between the reflected wave and a local-oscillator wave is monitored. For maximum performance the frequency ramping should be linear. Linear frequency modulation (LFM) of the laser emission is a commonly used method for improving the detection sensitivity. Because of the available technology, techniques that use relatively low modulation frequencies were implemented first. In the early 1980's, an elegant measurement method based on frequency modulation opened up new applications for spectroscopy with spectrally modulated laser light. In this paper we analyzed systematically the principles of saw tooth-wave optical FMCW. For optical FMCW, because all the practical optical waves are from single-mode lasers, and because the laser beam from a single-mode laser is coherent in space due to the nature of stimulated emission, the spatial coherence is always satisfied, and therefore only temporal coherence need be considered. The chip signal, experimental system, and results are analyzed and discussed.

  19. Reconstructions in ultrasound modulated optical tomography

    Allmaras, Moritz

    2011-01-01

    We introduce a mathematical model for ultrasound modulated optical tomography and present a simple reconstruction scheme for recovering the spatially varying optical absorption coefficient from scanning measurements with narrowly focused ultrasound signals. Computational results for this model show that the reconstruction of sharp features of the absorption coefficient is possible. A formal linearization of the model leads to an equation with a Fredholm operator, which explains the stability observed in our numerical experiments. © de Gruyter 2011.

  20. All-Optical Photochromic Spatial Light Modulators

    Beratan, David N.; Perry, Joseph W.

    1989-01-01

    Photochemical transfer of electrons enables fast reading and writing. New concept based on transfer of electrons between donor and acceptor molecules randomly distributed or covalently linked and dispersed in glassy-polymer host material. Transfer causes significant changes in optical-transmission characteristics of material and used to modulate transmission of reading beam of light impinging on material.

  1. Planar Silicon Optical Waveguide Light Modulators

    Leistiko, Otto; Bak, H.

    1994-01-01

    The results of an experimental investigation of a new type of optical waveguide based on planar technology in which the liglht guiding and modulation are achieved by exploiting free carrier effects in silicon are presented. Light is guided between the n+ substrate and two p+ regions, which also...

  2. Electro-optic modulator material

    Adams, John J.; Ebbers, Chris A.

    2005-02-22

    An electro-optic device for use with a laser beam. A crystal has a first face and a second face. Means are provided for applying a voltage across the crystal to obtain a net phase retardation on the polarization of the laser beam when the laser beam is passed through the crystal. In one embodiment the crystal is composed of a compound having the chemical formula ReAe40(BO3)3 where: RE consists of one or more of the following elements La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and two other elements Y and Sc; and where Ae is from the list of Ca, Sr, or Ba.

  3. Virtual k -Space Modulation Optical Microscopy

    Kuang, Cuifang; Ma, Ye; Zhou, Renjie; Zheng, Guoan; Fang, Yue; Xu, Yingke; Liu, Xu; So, Peter T. C.

    2016-07-01

    We report a novel superresolution microscopy approach for imaging fluorescence samples. The reported approach, termed virtual k -space modulation optical microscopy (VIKMOM), is able to improve the lateral resolution by a factor of 2, reduce the background level, improve the optical sectioning effect and correct for unknown optical aberrations. In the acquisition process of VIKMOM, we used a scanning confocal microscope setup with a 2D detector array to capture sample information at each scanned x -y position. In the recovery process of VIKMOM, we first modulated the captured data by virtual k -space coding and then employed a ptychography-inspired procedure to recover the sample information and correct for unknown optical aberrations. We demonstrated the performance of the reported approach by imaging fluorescent beads, fixed bovine pulmonary artery endothelial (BPAE) cells, and living human astrocytes (HA). As the VIKMOM approach is fully compatible with conventional confocal microscope setups, it may provide a turn-key solution for imaging biological samples with ˜100 nm lateral resolution, in two or three dimensions, with improved optical sectioning capabilities and aberration correcting.

  4. Modeling of a Resonant Tunneling Diode Optical Modulator

    Calado, J. J. N.; Figueiredo, J.M.L.; Ironside, C. N.

    2005-01-01

    The integration of a double barrier resonant tunneling diode within a unipolar optical waveguide provides electrical gain over a wide bandwidth. Due to the non-linearities introduced by the double barrier resonant tunneling diode an unipolar InGaAlAs/InP optical waveguide can be employed both as optical modulator and optical detector. The modeling results of a device operating as optical modulator agree with preliminary experimental data, foreseeing for an optimized device modulation depths u...

  5. Modulation Codes for Optical Data Storage

    Chiueh, Tzi-Dar; Chen, Chi-Yun

    2010-01-01

    In this chapter, modulation codes for optical data storage have been discussed. At first, four types of constraints are introduced, including run-length limited, conservative, low-pass and constant-weight constraints. Since high spatial frequency components tend to be attenuated during recording/reading procedures and long runs of OFF pixels increase difficulty in tracking, the former three types of constraints are proposed to avoid these adverse situations as much as possible. On the other h...

  6. Multiple Isotope Magneto Optical Trap from a single diode laser

    Valenzuela, V M; Gutierrez, M; Gomez, E; 10.1364/JOSAB.30.001205

    2013-01-01

    We present a Dual Isotope Magneto Optical Trap produced using a single diode laser. We generate all the optical frequencies needed for trapping both species using a fiber intensity modulator. All the optical frequencies are amplified simultaneously using a tapered amplifier. The independent control of each frequency is on the RF side rather than on the optical side. This introduces an enormous simplification for laser cooling applications that often require an acousto-optic modulator for each laser beam. Frequency changing capabilities are limited by the modulator bandwidth (10 GHz). Traps for more isotopes can be simply added by including additional RF frequencies to the modulator.

  7. Efficient Electro-Optical Modulation Based on Indium Tin Oxide

    Shi, Kaifeng

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate several electro-optical modulators based on transparent conducting oxides. Our previous work demonstrated the modulator structure on glass substrate with broadband bias polarity-dependent modulation. Further exploration shows similar modulation effect of the modulator on quartz and silicon substrate.

  8. Linearized Bragg grating assisted electro-optic modulator.

    Khurgin, Jacob B; Morton, Paul A

    2014-12-15

    We propose a new linearized electro-optic modulator in which linearization is achieved by modulating the index of a Bragg grating reflector placed in the arm(s) of a Michelson Interferometer. This grating-assisted Michelson (GAMI) modulator can operate as either an intensity or amplitude modulator, and is shown to significantly improve the linearity of microwave photonics links. PMID:25503037

  9. New modulator for the optical signal in a fiber

    ZHANG Tian-hao; JIA Feng; WANG Shun-li; MAN Jiang wei; NIU Kai; WANG Xu-cheng; YANG Jia

    2006-01-01

    A new modulator for the optical signal in a fiber based on multi-beam interference is designed. In the experiment,the distance of a couple of abutted fibers was modulated through a piezoelectric ceramic pipe driven by 50 Hz AC voltage, so that the amplitude of the transmitted optical signal was modulated. The modulation ratio is about 10% ,S/N ratio is about 60 dB and the bandwidth is about 200 KHz.

  10. Terahertz cross-phase modulation of an optical mode

    Lavrinenko, Andrei; Novitsky, Andrey; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Malureanu, Radu; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2013-01-01

    We discuss an optical scheme which facilitates modulation of an optical waveguide mode by metallic-nanoslit-enhanced THz radiation. The waveguide mode acquires an additional phase shift due to THz nonlinearity with fields reachable in experiments....

  11. Performance Research of Modulation for Optical Wireless Communication System

    Yan Gao; Min Wu; Weifeng Du

    2011-01-01

    There are many modulation methods suitable for optical wireless communication. OOK, PPM are adopted widely in optical wireless communication for its high average-power-efficiency. DPPM, DPIM and DH-PIM are three new modulation methods for optical wireless communication, which may be the substitutes of PPM because of their better performance in power efficiency and bandwidth efficiency. In this paper, in combination of the characteristic of the atmospheric optical wireless channel, the bandwid...

  12. Modeling of a Resonant Tunneling Diode Optical Modulator

    Calado, J J N; Ironside, C N

    2005-01-01

    The integration of a double barrier resonant tunneling diode within a unipolar optical waveguide provides electrical gain over a wide bandwidth. Due to the non-linearities introduced by the double barrier resonant tunneling diode an unipolar InGaAlAs/InP optical waveguide can be employed both as optical modulator and optical detector. The modeling results of a device operating as optical modulator agree with preliminary experimental data, foreseeing for an optimized device modulation depths up to 23 dB with chirp parameter between -1 and 0 in the wavelength range analyzed (1520 nm - 1600 nm).

  13. Applications of ``PV Optics`` for solar cell and module design

    Sopori, B.L.; Madjdpour, J.; Chen, W. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This paper describes some applications of a new optics software package, PV Optics, developed for the optical design of solar cells and modules. PV Optics is suitable for the analysis and design of both thick and thin solar cells. It also includes a feature for calculation of metallic losses related to contacts and back reflectors.

  14. 160 Gb/s Silicon All-Optical Data Modulator based on Cross Phase Modulation

    Hu, Hao; Pu, Minhao; Ji, Hua; Galili, Michael; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Yvind, Kresten; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Jeppesen, Palle; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo

    2012-01-01

    We have demonstrated 160 Gb/s all-optical data modulation with an extinction ratio of 18.5 dB based on XPM in a silicon nanowire. Error free performance is achieved for the optically modulated 160 Gb/s signal.......We have demonstrated 160 Gb/s all-optical data modulation with an extinction ratio of 18.5 dB based on XPM in a silicon nanowire. Error free performance is achieved for the optically modulated 160 Gb/s signal....

  15. All-optical demultiplexing using an electroabsorption modulator

    Højfeldt, Sune; Bischoff, Svend; Mørk, Jesper

    2000-01-01

    In the 1990s, the electroabsorption modulator (EAM) has found a wide range of applications. Functionalities such as pulse generation and demultiplexing by electrical modulation have been demonstrated using an EAM. Recently, all-optical wavelength conversion, demultiplexing, and signal regeneration, have also been experimentally demonstrated. In this paper, we investigate all-optical demultiplexing from 80 to 10 Gbit/s.

  16. Modulational instability of short pulses in long optical fibers

    Shukla, P. K.; Juul Rasmussen, Jens

    1986-01-01

    The effect of time-derivative nonlinearity is incorporated into the study of the modulational instability of heat pulses propagating through long optical fibers. Conditions for soliton formation are discussed......The effect of time-derivative nonlinearity is incorporated into the study of the modulational instability of heat pulses propagating through long optical fibers. Conditions for soliton formation are discussed...

  17. Module optical analyzer: Identification of defects on the production line

    Herrero Martin, Rebeca; Askins, Stephen; Anton Hernandez, Ignacio; Sala Pano, Gabriel; Araki, Kenji; Nagai, Hirokazu

    2014-01-01

    The usefulness of the module optical analyzer when identifying module defects on production line is presented in this paper. Two different case studies performed with two different kind of CPV modules are presented to show the use of MOA both in IES-UPM and Daido Steel facilities.

  18. Subcarrier intensity modulated free-space optical communication systems

    Popoola, Wasiu Oyewole

    2009-01-01

    This thesis investigates and analyses the performance of terrestrial free-space optical communication (FSO) system based on the phase shift keying pre-modulated subcarrier intensity modulation (SIM). The results are theoretically and experimentally compared with the classical On-Off keying (OOK) modulated FSO system in the presence of atmospheric turbulence. The performance analysis is based on the bit error rate (BER) and outage probability metrics. Optical signal traversing the atmospheric ...

  19. A process to control light in a micro resonator through a coupling modulation by surface acoustic waves

    Fan, Guofang; Li, Yuan; Hu, Chunguang; Lei, Lihua; Guo, Yanchuan

    2016-08-01

    A novel process to control light through the coupling modulation by surface acoustic wave (SAW) is presented in an optical micro resonator. An optical waveguide modulator of a racetrack resonator on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology is took as an example to explore the mechanism. A finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) is developed to simulate the acousto-optical (AO) modulator using the mechanism. An analytical method is presented to verify our proposal. The results show that the process can work well as an optical modulator by SAW.

  20. Optical Bistability And Hysteresis In A Solid State Ring Laser

    Kornienko, L. S.; Kravtsov, N. S.; Shelaev, A. N.

    1985-01-01

    The phenomena of optical bistability, hysteresis and memory under the interaction of oppositely directed (OD) light waves in a CW YAG:Nd3+ solid state ring laser (SRL) have been experimentally discovered. The possibilities of spontaneous or forced (with modulated SRL parameters) commutation of the radiation direction without transients at the relaxation frequency (typical for solid state lasers) have been established both in the single-mode and in the mode-locking regimes with various feedback circuits. The mode-locking band was found to be substantially broadened by more than an order of magnitude when OD light waves primarily diffracted on a standing ultrasonic wave were returned into the acousto-optical modulator. With such acousto-optical feedback the mode-locking regime has been obtained using a modulator on a running ultrasonic wave.

  1. Advanced Modulation Techniques for High-Performance Computing Optical Interconnects

    Karinou, Fotini; Borkowski, Robert; Zibar, Darko;

    2013-01-01

    optical shared memory supercomputer interconnect system switch fabric. In particular, we investigate the resilience of the aforementioned advanced modulation formats to the nonlinearities of semiconductor optical amplifiers, used as ON/OFF gates in the supercomputer optical switch fabric under study. In...

  2. Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography for thick tissue imaging

    Wang, Lihong V.; Zhao, Xuemei; Jacques, Steven L.

    1995-12-01

    Continuous-wave ultrasonic modulation of scattered laser light has been used to image objects in tissue-simulating turbid media for the first time. We hypothesize that the ultrasound wave focused into the turbid media modulates the laser light passing through the ultrasonic focal spot. The modulated laser light collected by a photomultiplier tube reflects the local mechanical and optical properties in the focal zone. Buried objects in 5-cm thick tissue phantoms are located with millimeter resolution by scanning and detecting alterations of the ultrasound-modulated optical signal. Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography separates the conflict between signal and resolution in purely optical imaging of tissue and does not rely on ballistic or quasi-ballistic photons but on the abundant diffuse photons. The imaging resolution is determined by the focused ultrasonic wave. This technique has the potential to provide a noninvasive, nonionizing, inexpensive diagnostic tool for diseases such as breast cancer.

  3. Multifunctional graphene optical modulator and photodetector integrated on silicon waveguides

    Youngblood, Nathan; Ma, Rui; Koester, Steven J; Li, Mo

    2014-01-01

    For optical communication, information is converted between optical and electrical signal domains at a high rate. The devices to achieve such a conversion are various types of electro-optical modulators and photodetectors. These two types of optoelectronic devices, equally important, require different materials and consequently it has been challenging to realize both using a single material combination, especially in a way that can be integrated on the ubiquitous silicon platform. Graphene, with its gapless band structure, stands out as a unique optoelectronic material that allows both photodetection and optical modulation. Here, we demonstrate a single graphene-based device that simultaneously provides both efficient optical modulation and photodetection. The graphene device is integrated on a silicon waveguide and is tunable with a gate made from another layer of graphene to achieve near-infrared photodetection responsivity of 57 mA/W and modulation depth of 64%. This novel multifunctional device may lead t...

  4. High-power high-efficiency acousto-optically Q-switched rod Nd:YAG laser with 885 nm diode laser pumping

    Liu, K.; Li, F. Q.; Xu, H. Y.; Wang, Z. C.; Zong, N.; Du, S. F.; Bo, Y.; Peng, Q. J.; Cui, D. F.; Xu, Z. Y.

    2013-01-01

    We have demonstrated a compact Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm with 885 nm diode-laser (LD) direct pumping. At a repetition rate of 100 kHz, an average output power of 53 W with beam quality factor M2 of 1.6 was achieved under the absorbed pump power of 122 W, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 43.5% and a slope efficiency of 57.6%, respectively. The pulse width and the peak power at this output power were 112 ns and 4.74 kW, respectively.

  5. Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography for dense turbid media

    Wang, Lihong V.; Zhao, Xuemei; Jacques, Steven L.

    1996-04-01

    Continuous-wave ultrasonic modulation of scattered laser light has been used to image objects in tissue-simulating turbid media for the first time. We hypothesized that the ultrasound wave focused into the turbid media modulates the laser light passing through the ultrasonic focal zone. The modulated laser light collected by a photomultiplier tube reflects the local mechanical and optical properties in the focal zone. Buried objects in 5-cm thick tissue phantoms (absorption coefficient (mu) $a) equals 0.1 cm-1, reduced scattering coefficient (mu) s' equals 10 cm-1) were located with millimeter resolution by scanning and detecting alterations of the ultrasound-modulated optical signal.

  6. Monolithically integrated quantum dot optical modulator with Semiconductor optical amplifier for short-range optical communications

    Yamamoto, Naokatsu; Akahane, Kouichi; Umezawa, Toshimasa; Kawanishi, Tetsuya

    2015-04-01

    A monolithically integrated quantum dot (QD) optical gain modulator (OGM) with a QD semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) was successfully developed. Broadband QD optical gain material was used to achieve Gbps-order high-speed optical data transmission, and an optical gain change as high as approximately 6-7 dB was obtained with a low OGM voltage of 2.0 V. Loss of optical power due to insertion of the device was also effectively compensated for by the SOA section. Furthermore, it was confirmed that the QD-OGM/SOA device helped achieve 6.0-Gbps error-free optical data transmission over a 2.0-km-long photonic crystal fiber. We also successfully demonstrated generation of Gbps-order, high-speed, and error-free optical signals in the >5.5-THz broadband optical frequency bandwidth larger than the C-band. These results suggest that the developed monolithically integrated QD-OGM/SOA device will be an advantageous and compact means of increasing the usable optical frequency channels for short-reach communications.

  7. Study of an electro-optic modulator capable of generating simultaneous amplitude and phase modulations

    Cusack, B J; Shaddock, D A; Gray, M B; Lam, P K; Whitcomb, S E; Cusack, Benedict J; Gray, Malcolm B; Lam, Ping Koy; Shaddock, Daniel A; Sheard, Benjamin S; Whitcomb, Stan E

    2003-01-01

    We report on the analysis and prototype-characterization of a dual-electrode electro-optic modulator that can generate both amplitude and phase modulations with a selectable relative phase, termed a universally tunable modulator (UTM). All modulation states can be reached by tuning only the electrical inputs, facilitating real-time tuning, and the device is shown to have good suppression and stability properties. A mathematical analysis is presented, including the development of a geometric phase representation for modulation. The experimental characterization of the device shows that relative suppressions of 38 dB, 39 dB and 30 dB for phase, single-sideband and carrier-suppressed modulations, respectively, can be obtained, as well as showing the device is well-behaved when scanning continuously through the parameter space of modulations. Uses for the device are discussed, including the tuning of lock points in optical locking schemes, single sideband applications, modulation fast-switching applications, and ...

  8. Fiber optic feedthrough module and method of making same

    A fiber optic feedthrough module which comprises a metal sleeve, a fiber optic element extending through the sleeve in spaced relation thereto, and a tandem series of centrally-apertured mating annular sealant bodies of thermoplastic material surrounding the fiber optic element and compressed between it and the sleeve. The module is made by first providing a loose subassembly of a plurality of individual but interfitting sealant bodies on the fiber optic element and then inserting this subassembly into a metal sleeve, following by swaging the whole assembly which eliminates clearances and provides sealed interfaces between the various contacting components. (author)

  9. Optical signal processing using electro-absorption modulators

    Mørk, Jesper; Romstad, Francis Pascal; Højfeldt, Sune;

    2003-01-01

    Reverse-biased semiconductor waveguides are efficient saturable absorbers and have a number of promising all-optical signal processing applications. Results on ultrafast modulator dynamics as well as demonstrations and investigations of wavelength conversion and regeneration are presented....

  10. A capillary optical fiber modulator derivates from magnetic fluid

    Yang, Xinghua; Liu, Yanxin; Zheng, Yao; Li, Shouzhu; Yuan, Libo; Yuan, Tingting; Tong, Chengguo

    2013-09-01

    A novel in-fiber integrated modulator based on magnetic fluid is proposed. The Fe3O4 magnetic fluid is encapsulated into a specially designed capillary optical fiber with a circular waveguide. Experimental results show that the light at 632.8 nm in the circular waveguide can be modulated by only 2.17×10-2 μL of the magnetic fluid under magnetic field. A wide range of modulation-depth from 44% to 75% can be obtained by adjusting the external magnetic field strength, temperature and the concentration of the magnetic fluid. In addition, the modulator shows good stability and repeatability. This work has great potentials in the integrated optical devices such as tunable in-fiber modulators, optical switches and magnetic sensors.

  11. Optical modulator based on coupled photonic crystal cavities

    Serafimovich, Pavel G.; Kazanskiy, Nikolay L.

    2016-07-01

    We propose and numerically investigate an optical signal modulator based on two-photonic crystal nanobeam cavities coupled through a waveguide. The suggested modulator shifts the resonant frequency over a scalable range. We design a compact optical modulator based on photonic crystal nanobeams cavities that exhibits high stability to manufacturing. Photonic crystal waveguide tuning in the low-intensity region of the resonant mode is demonstrated. The advantages of the suggested approach over the single-resonator optical modulator approaches include the possibilities to shift the modulator frequency over a scalable range that depends on switching energy level and to effectively electrically tune the device in the low-intensity region of the resonant mode.

  12. A study of electro-optical modulators for transfer of detector signals by optical fibers

    Preliminary results of an investigation to minimize the local electronics on the detector by the use of electro-optical intensity modulators are reported. The electrical signal from the detector is converted into an optical signal by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer modulator based on the properties of electro-optical crystals such as LiNbO3. The modulator is driven by the electrical signal from a detector element such as the gas proportional straw tube. The optical signal is brought in from a remote source and exits on an optical fiber to a data collection site. The results of the first tests of optical modulators with respect to their application to particle detectors will be presented. These include the optical power requirement, the linearity, the dynamic range, and the noise characteristics. Finally, the outlook for their application on a large scale is discussed. 8 refs., 7 figs

  13. The optical module of the Baikal deep underwater neutrino telescope

    Bagduev, R. I.

    1999-01-01

    A deep underwater Cherenkov telescope has been operating since 1993 in stages of growing size at 1.1 km depth in Lake Baikal. The key component of the telescope is the Optical Module (OM) which houses the highly sensitive phototube QUASAR-370. We describe design and parameters of the QUASAR-370, the layout of the optical module, the front-end electronics and the calibration procedures, and present selected results from the five-year operation underwater. Also, future developments with respect...

  14. Optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator

    Figueiredo, J.M.L.; Stanley, C.R.; Boyd, A.R.; Ironside, C. N.; McMeekin, S.G.; Leite, A. M. P.

    1999-01-01

    We report high-speed optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator consisting of a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) integrated with a unipolar optical waveguide and incorporated in a package with a coplanar waveguide transmission line. When appropriately biased, the RTD can provide wide-bandwidth electrical gain. For wavelengths near the material band edge, small changes of the applied voltage give rise to large, high-speed electroabsorption modulation of the light. We have o...

  15. Optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator

    Figueiredo, J.M.L.; Stanley, C.R.; Boyd, A.R.; Ironside, C. N.

    2005-01-01

    We report high speed optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator consisting of a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) integrated with a unipolar optical waveguide and incorporated in a package with a coplanar waveguide transmission line. When appropriately biased, the RTD can provide wide-bandwidth electrical gain. For wavelengths near the material band-edge, small changes of the applied voltage give rise to large, high-speed electro-absorption modulation of the light. We have ...

  16. Quantum Hamiltonian theory of an electro-optical modulator

    Miroshnichenko, G. P.; Gleim, A. V.

    2015-07-01

    A Quantum Hamiltonian formalism is proposed for the description of an electro-optical modulator based on the linear Pockels effect. Optical photons interact with photons of a microwave mode in a combined high- Q cavity made of a LiNbO3 crystal. The microwave photons occupy a coherent state, while optical photons have an arbitrary density matrix. The spectrum of a photodetected modulated signal is analyzed as a function of the frequency of a tunable optical filter. Numerical estimates are obtained, and quantum effects in the spectrum, such as the red shift of the central frequency and sidebands, the possibility of modulation of the optical signal by the microwave field vacuum, and the asymmetry of the intensity of the spectral sidebands, are discussed.

  17. High-speed waveguide electro-optic polarization modulator.

    Alferness, R C; Buhl, L L

    1982-10-01

    By careful electrode design we have achieved a 1.7-GHz modulation bandwidth for a Ti:LiNbO(3) integrated-optic TE ? TM mode-converter modulator. Because of the wavelength selectivity of this modulator, it is an attractive device for simultaneously providing multiplexing and signal encoding in future wavelength-multiplexed single-mode light-wave systems. PMID:19714070

  18. Fiber-optic interferometer using frequency-modulated laser diodes

    Beheim, G.

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes an electrically passive fiber-optic interferometer which uses dual frequency-modulated laser diodes. Experimental results show that this type of interferometer can attain a displacement range of 100 micron with subnanometer resolution. This technique can serve as the basis for a number of high-precision fiber-optic sensors.

  19. A study of electro-optical modulators for transfer of detector signals by optical fibers

    Preliminary results of an investigation to minimize the local electronics on the detector by the use of electro-optical intensity modulators are reported. The electrical signal from the detector is converted into an optical signal by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer modulator based on the properties of electro-optical crystals such as LiNbO3. The modulator is driven by the electrical signal is brought in from a remote souce and exits on an optical fiber to a data collection site. The results of the first tests of optical modulators with respect to their application to particle detectors will be presented. These include the optical power requirement, the linearity, the dynamic range, and the noise characteristics. Finally, the outlook for their application on a large scale is discussed

  20. Composite embedded fiber optic data links in Standard Electronic Modules

    Ehlers, S. L.; Jones, K. J.; Morgan, R. E.; Hixson, Jay

    1990-12-01

    The goal of this project is to fabricate a chassis/circuit card demonstration entirely 'wired' with embedded and interconnected optical fibers. Graphite/epoxy Standard Electronic Module E (SEM-E) configured panels have been successfully fabricated. Fiber-embedded SEM-E configured panels have been subjected to simultaneous signal transmission and vibration testing. Packaging constraints will require tapping composite-embedded optical fibers at right angles to the direction of optical transmission.

  1. Optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator

    Figueiredo, J M L; Boyd, A R; Ironside, C N

    1999-01-01

    We report high speed optical modulation in a resonant tunneling relaxation oscillator consisting of a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) integrated with a unipolar optical waveguide and incorporated in a package with a coplanar waveguide transmission line. When appropriately biased, the RTD can provide wide-bandwidth electrical gain. For wavelengths near the material band-edge, small changes of the applied voltage give rise to large, high-speed electro-absorption modulation of the light. We have observed optical modulation at frequencies up to 14 GHz, associated with sub harmonic injection locking of the RTD oscillation at the fundamental mode of the coplanar transmission line, as well as generation of 33 ps optical pulses due to relaxation oscillation.

  2. OPTICAL WAVELENGTH CONVERTERS BASED ON CROSS GAIN MODULATION AND CROSS PHASE MODULATION IN SOA

    Vikas Thakur

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available All optical wavelength conversion is demonstrated at 10 Gbit/s over a wavelength span of 10 nm without any bit loss by the use of Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA in a Mach-Zehnder configuration. These wavelength conversion architectures are implemented by using SOA cross-gain modulation (XGM and cross-phase modulation (XPM techniques. We have compared the results of both techniques on the basics of Bit Error Rate (BER and Quality factor.

  3. Electro-Optical Modulator Bias Control Using Bipolar Pulses

    Farr, William; Kovalik, Joseph

    2007-01-01

    An improved method has been devised for controlling the DC bias applied to an electro-optical crystal that is part of a Mach-Zehnder modulator that generates low-duty-cycle optical pulses for a pulse-position modulation (PPM) optical data-communication system. In such a system, it is desirable to minimize the transmission of light during the intervals between pulses, and for this purpose, it is necessary to maximize the extinction ratio of the modulator (the ratio between the power transmitted during an "on" period and the power transmitted during an "off" period). The present method is related to prior dither error feedback methods, but unlike in those methods, there is no need for an auxiliary modulation subsystem to generate a dithering signal. Instead, as described below, dither is effected through alternation of the polarity of the modulation signal. The upper part of Figure 1 schematically depicts a Mach-Zehnder modulator. The signal applied to the electro-optical crystal consists of a radio-frequency modulating pulse signal, VRF, superimposed on a DC bias Vbias. Maximum extinction occurs during the off (VRF = 0) period if Vbias is set at a value that makes the two optical paths differ by an odd integer multiple of a half wavelength so that the beams traveling along the two paths interfere destructively at the output beam splitter. Assuming that the modulating pulse signal VRF has a rectangular waveform, maximum transmission occurs during the "on" period if the amplitude of VRF is set to a value, V , that shifts the length of the affected optical path by a half wavelength so that now the two beams interfere constructively at the output beam splitter. The modulating pulse signal is AC-coupled from an amplifier to the electro-optical crystal. Sometimes, two successive pulses occur so close in time that the operating point of the amplifier drifts, one result being that there is not enough time for the signal level to return to ground between pulses. Also, the

  4. Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography with intense acoustic bursts

    Zemp, Roger J.; Kim, Chulhong; Wang, Lihong V.

    2007-04-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography (UOT) detects ultrasonically modulated light to spatially localize multiply scattered photons in turbid media with the ultimate goal of imaging the optical properties in living subjects. A principal challenge of the technique is weak modulated signal strength. We discuss ways to push the limits of signal enhancement with intense acoustic bursts while conforming to optical and ultrasonic safety standards. A CCD-based speckle-contrast detection scheme is used to detect acoustically modulated light by measuring changes in speckle statistics between ultrasound-on and ultrasound-off states. The CCD image capture is synchronized with the ultrasound burst pulse sequence. Transient acoustic radiation force, a consequence of bursts, is seen to produce slight signal enhancement over pure ultrasonic-modulation mechanisms for bursts and CCD exposure times of the order of milliseconds. However, acoustic radiation-force-induced shear waves are launched away from the acoustic sample volume, which degrade UOT spatial resolution. By time gating the CCD camera to capture modulated light before radiation force has an opportunity to accumulate significant tissue displacement, we reduce the effects of shear-wave image degradation, while enabling very high signal-to-noise ratios. Additionally, we maintain high-resolution images representative of optical and not mechanical contrast. Signal-to-noise levels are sufficiently high so as to enable acquisition of 2D images of phantoms with one acoustic burst per pixel.

  5. Diffractive optical interconnected multichip module: Demonstration and design

    Morris, James Edward, Jr.

    2000-07-01

    Growth in the optical telecom and datacom industries is requiting new methods of manufacture in order to increase quantities by an order of magnitude while decreasing cost. An optical manufacturing approach utilizing wafer scale optics and integration of wafer scale electronics has potential of solving some of these manufacturing issues. An optical interconnected multichip module (OIMCM) is designed and manufactured to prove the technology. This OIMCM consists of integrated CMOS photodetectors, flip-chip compatible laser array chips, high efficiency diffractive optics, and flip-chip self- alignment for precision alignment of 1-2μm. A method to design a single diffractive surface to operate over a 25nm range in wavelength, typical of the variation in a laser diode, is presented. Also of importance is operation of optical systems over a temperature range. A novel method to athermalize an optical system with a laser diode is presented which utilizes a refractive surface and diffractive surface.

  6. Thermally tuneable optical modulator adapted for differential signaling

    Zortman, William A.

    2016-01-12

    An apparatus for optical modulation is provided. The apparatus includes a modulator structure and a heater structure. The modulator structure comprises a ring or disk optical resonator having a closed curvilinear periphery and a pair of oppositely doped semiconductor regions within and/or adjacent to the optical resonator and conformed to modify the optical length of the optical resonator upon application of a bias voltage. The heater structure comprises a relatively resistive annulus of semiconductor material enclosed between an inner disk and an outer annulus of relatively conductive semiconductor material. The inner disk and the outer annulus are adapted as contact regions for a heater activation current. The heater structure is situated within the periphery of the optical resonator such that in operation, at least a portion of the resonator is heated by radial conductive heat flow from the heater structure. The apparatus further includes a substantially annular isolation region of dielectric or relatively resistive semiconductor material interposed between the heater structure and the modulator structure. The isolation region is effective to electrically isolate the bias voltage from the heater activation current.

  7. Polymeric Optical Code-Division Multiple-Access (CDMA) Encoder and Decoder Modules

    Chen, Ray T.; Xuejun Lu

    2011-01-01

    We propose a low cost polymeric optical waveguides-based optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules. The structures of the optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules are presented. The performance of the optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules is simulated using 10-chip binary phase-shift keying (BPSK) coding schemes. The optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules can effectively transmit and recover optical CDMA data streams. The SNR of the received signal is analyzed and determined to be primari...

  8. Wide and stable optical frequency comb in an intensity-modulated continuous wave pumped optical fiber

    This paper investigates how to obtain a wide and stable optical frequency comb in an intensity-modulated continuous-wave pumped optical fiber by straightforwardly characterizing the signal-to-noise ratio and analyzing the optimal fiber length. The stability of the obtained optical frequency comb is analyzed by a method which is similar to the eye pattern. The prospect for obtaining wider and more stable optical frequency combs is discussed. (paper)

  9. All-optical microwave signal processing based on optical phase modulation

    Zeng, Fei

    This thesis presents a theoretical and experimental study of optical phase modulation and its applications in all-optical microwave signal processing, which include all-optical microwave filtering, all-optical microwave mixing, optical code-division multiple-access (CDMA) coding, and ultrawideband (UWB) signal generation. All-optical microwave signal processing can be considered as the use of opto-electronic devices and systems to process microwave signals in the optical domain, which provides several significant advantages such as low loss, low dispersion, light weight, high time bandwidth products, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. In conventional approaches, the intensity of an optical carrier is modulated by a microwave signal based on direct modulation or external modulation. The intensity-modulated optical signal is then fed to a photonic circuit or system to achieve specific signal processing functionalities. The microwave signal being processed is usually obtained based on direct detection, i.e., an opto-electronic conversion by use of a photodiode. In this thesis, the research efforts are focused on the optical phase modulation and its applications in all-optical microwave signal processing. To avoid using coherent detection which is complicated and costly, simple and effective phase modulation to intensity modulation (PM-IM) conversion schemes are pursued. Based on a theoretical study of optical phase modulation, two approaches to achieving PM-IM conversions are proposed. In the first approach, the use of chromatic dispersion induced by a dispersive device to alter the phase relationships among the sidebands and the optical carrier of a phase-modulated optical signal to realize PM-IM conversion is investigated. In the second approach, instead of using a dispersive device, the PM-IM conversion is realized based on optical frequency discrimination implemented using an optical filter. We show that the proposed PM-IM conversion schemes can be

  10. High dynamic extinction ratio and pulse modulation of optical signals

    Petrov, A.; Tronev, A. V.; Lebedev, V.; Il'ichev, I. V.; Velichko, E.; Shamray, A.

    2015-11-01

    The use of a saturable absorber for increasing the extinction ratio at external modulation of optical signals is considered. An erbium doped fiber was used as the saturable absorber in the experiments. A considerable increase in the static extinction ratio (up to 50 dB) was demonstrated. A rather long erbium doped fiber relaxation time (about 10 ms) was a limiting factor in the case of pulse modulation. Ways of overcoming this drawback are discussed.

  11. Silicon Modulators, Switches and Sub-systems for Optical Interconnect

    Li, Qi

    Silicon photonics is emerging as a promising platform for manufacturing and integrating photonic devices for light generation, modulation, switching and detection. The compatibility with existing CMOS microelectronic foundries and high index contrast in silicon could enable low cost and high performance photonic systems, which find many applications in optical communication, data center networking and photonic network-on-chip. This thesis first develops and demonstrates several experimental work on high speed silicon modulators and switches with record performance and novel functionality. A 8x40 Gb/s transmitter based on silicon microrings is first presented. Then an end-to-end link using microrings for Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK) modulation and demodulation is shown, and its performance with conventional BPSK modulation/ demodulation techniques is compared. Next, a silicon traveling-wave Mach- Zehnder modulator is demonstrated at data rate up to 56 Gb/s for OOK modulation and 48 Gb/s for BPSK modulation, showing its capability at high speed communication systems. Then a single silicon microring is shown with 2x2 full crossbar switching functionality, enabling optical interconnects with ultra small footprint. Then several other experiments in the silicon platform are presented, including a fully integrated in-band Optical Signal to Noise Ratio (OSNR) monitor, characterization of optical power upper bound in a silicon microring modulator, and wavelength conversion in a dispersion-engineered waveguide. The last part of this thesis is on network-level application of photonics, specically a broadcast-and-select network based on star coupler is introduced, and its scalability performance is studied. Finally a novel switch architecture for data center networks is discussed, and its benefits as a disaggregated network are presented.

  12. The optical module for the NESTOR neutrino telescope

    Anassontzis, E G; Bottai, S; Cartacci, A; Fanourakis, G K; Grammatikakis, George A; Ioannou, P; Katsanevas, S; Keusen, U; Koske, P; Kourkoumelis, C; Ledenev, V V; Manousakis-Katsikakis, A; McNutt, J; Monteleoni, B; Moraitis, L; Resvanis, L K; Rucol, V K; Siotis, I; Sotiriou, S A; Tsagli, V; Voulgaris, G; Zhukov, V A

    2002-01-01

    NESTOR is a deep-sea water Cherenkov neutrino detector now under construction for deployment in the Mediterranean off Greece. Its key component is an optical module employing a photomultiplier tube with a 15 in. hemispherical photocathode in a transparent glass pressure housing. Extensive tests have been made on the sensitivity, uniformity, time resolution, noise rates and mechanical properties of the module: several test deployments have been made at sea.

  13. Radiometric modulation measuring device of intensity of optical radiation

    A. P. Yanenko

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The paper proposed a block diagram of radiometric measuring the intensity of optical radiation from modulation conversion parameter input . To assess the intensity of use periodically comparing the reference signal (shaded and measurement (open photodi-odes. Studies. The proposed radiometric modulation meter provides increased sensitivity and measurement accuracy by reducing the influence of dark current measurement and reference photodiodes and compensation intrinsic noise measuring channel through their periodic anti-phase comparison.

  14. Modulated optical reflectance method for analysis of magnetoelectric nanomaterials

    A recently developed technique of modulated optical reflectance and its applicability to structural and defectoscopic analysis with high spatial resolution of the ferromagnetic LSMO materials is reported. The variation of the optical reflectance is measured within the active area in the laser focus on the surface of the thin film subjected to photothermal modulation. The measurement described is indicative of the magnetoelectric properties of the sample films and is found to be proportional to the thermal variations of the conductance and free carrier density.

  15. Modulated optical reflectance method for analysis of magnetoelectric nanomaterials

    Pencheva, V.; Penchev, S.; Nedkov, I.; Kutzarova, T.; Naboko, V.

    2010-04-01

    A recently developed technique of modulated optical reflectance and its applicability to structural and defectoscopic analysis with high spatial resolution of the ferromagnetic LSMO materials is reported. The variation of the optical reflectance is measured within the active area in the laser focus on the surface of the thin film subjected to photothermal modulation. The measurement described is indicative of the magnetoelectric properties of the sample films and is found to be proportional to the thermal variations of the conductance and free carrier density.

  16. The optical module of the Baikal Deep underwater neutrino telescope

    Bagduev, R I; Belolaptikov, I A; Bezrukov, L B; Budnev, N M; Borisovets, B A; Domogatsky, G V; Donskych, L A; Doroshenko, A A; Garus, A A; Golikov, A V; Gluchovskoj, B M; Heller, R; Kabikov, V B; Khripunova, M P; Klabukov, A M; Klimushin, S I; Koshechkin, A P; Kuzmichov, L A; Lisovski, G V; Lubsandorzhiev, B K; Mikolajski, T; Osipova, E A; Pokhil, P G; Pokolev, P A; Putilov, P A; Spiering, C; Stepanenko, Z I; Streicher, O; Thon, T; Vorobev, A A; Wischnewski, R

    1999-01-01

    A deep underwater Cherenkov telescope has been operating since 1993 in stages of growing size at 1.1 km depth in Lake Baikal. The key component of the telescope is the Optical Module (OM) which houses the highly sensitive phototube QUASAR-370. We describe design and parameters of the QUASAR-370, the layout of the optical module, the front-end electronics and the calibration procedures, and present selected results from the five-year operation underwater. Also, future developments with respect to a telescope consisting from several thousand OMs are discussed.

  17. Dynamic behavior and complexity of modulated optical micro ring resonator

    Lei Yang; Wei Pan; Bin Luo; ShuiYing Xiang; Ning Jiang

    2011-01-01

    @@ The dynamic behavior of an optical micro ring resonator (OMRR) with an amplitude modulator positioned in the micro ring is investigated quantitatively by adopting a recently introduced quantifier, the permutation entropy (PE).The effects of modulation depth are focused on, and the roles of input power are considered.The two-dimensional (2D) maps of PE showing dependence on both modulation depth and input power are presented as well.PE values nearly increase with modulation depth.On the other hand, the optimal value of input power is achieved when the PE reaches its maximum.Thus, PE can successfully quantify the dynamics of modulated OMRR.Selecting the parameters in the region with high PE values would contribute to the complexity-enhanced OMRR-based chaotic communication systems.%The dynamic behavior of an optical micro ring resonator (OMRR) with an amplitude modulator positioned in the micro ring is investigated quantitatively by adopting a recently introduced quantifier, the permutation entropy (PE). The effects of modulation depth are focused on, and the roles of input power are considered. The two-dimensional (2D) maps of PE showing dependence on both modulation depth and input power are presented as well. PE values nearly increase with modulation depth. On the other hand, the optimal value of input power is achieved when the PE reaches its maximum. Thus, PE can successfully quantify the dynamics of modulated OMRR. Selecting the parameters in the region with high PE values would contribute to the complexity-enhanced OMRR-based chaotic communication systems.

  18. 20-GHz optical pulse source based on cascaded electroabsorption modulators

    Yuanshan Liu; Jianguo Zhang; Wei Zhao

    2007-01-01

    A high-quality low-timing-jitter 20-GHz optical pulse train is generated by using two cascaded sinusoidally driven electroabsorption modulators (EAMs) at very low bias voltage of -0.8 V in conjunction with a tunable distributed feedback (DFB) semiconductor laser. An approximate transform-limited optical pulse,with the pulse width less than 7 ps, the spectral width of 0.3 nm, and the side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) above 20 dB, is obtained by tuning the optical delay line.

  19. Optical modulation of terahertz pulses in a parallel plate waveguide

    Cooke, David; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    2008-01-01

    In this work we present a technique for optically modulating a terahertz pulse inside a parallel plate waveguide. A novel semiconductor filled waveguide is formed by coating both sides of a thin, high resistivity silicon slab with a transparent conducting oxide. While the waveguide is intrinsically...

  20. The KM3NeT Digital Optical Module

    Vivolo, Daniele

    2016-04-01

    KM3NeT is a European deep-sea multidisciplinary research infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea. It will host a km3-scale neutrino telescope and dedicated instruments for long-term and continuous measurements for Earth and Sea sciences. The KM3NeT neutrino telescope is a 3-dimensional array of Digital Optical Modules, suspended in the sea by means of vertical string structures, called Detection Units, supported by two pre-stretched Dyneema ropes, anchored to the seabed and kept taut with a system of buoys. The Digital Optical Module represents the active part of the neutrino telescope. It is composed by a 17-inch, 14 mm thick borosilicate glass (Vitrovex) spheric vessel housing 31 photomultiplier tubes with 3-inch photocathode diameter and the associated front-end and readout electronics. The technical solution adopted for the KM3NeT optical modules is characterized by an innovative design, considering that existing neutrino telescopes, Baikal, IceCube and ANTARES, all use large photomultipliers, typically with a diameter of 8″ or 10″. It offers several advantages: higher sensitive surface (1260 cm2), weaker sensitivity to Earth's magnetic field, better distinction between single-photon and multi-photon events (photon counting) and directional information with an almost isotropic field of view. In this contribution the design and the performance of the KM3NeT Digital Optical Modules are discussed, with a particular focus on enabling technologies and integration procedure.

  1. Analysis of modulated optical reflectance applied to magnetoelectric nanomaterials

    Structural and defectoscopic photothermal analysis of high spatial resolution is performed to sample ferromagnetic LSMO films. The modulated optical reflectance of the surface of the film in the laser focus is indicative of its magnetoelectric properties and is found to be proportional to the thermal variations of free carrier density. (authors)

  2. Comprehensive research on self phase modulation based optical delay systems

    This paper comprehensively investigates the properties of self phase modulation based optical delay systems consisting of dispersion compensation fibre and highly nonlinear fibres. It researches into the impacts of power level launched into highly nonlinear fibres, conversion wavelength, dispersion slope, modulation format and optical filter bandwidth on the overall performance of optical delay systems. The results reveal that, if the power launched into highly nonlinear fibres is fixed, the time delay generally varies linearly with the conversion wavelength, but jumps intermittently at some conversion wavelengths. However, the time delay varies semi-periodically with the power launched into highly nonlinear fibres. The dispersion slope of highly nonlinear fibres has significant influence on the time delay, especially for the negative dispersion slope. The time delay differs with modulation formats due to the different combined interaction of nonlinearity and dispersion in fibres. The bandwidth of the optical filters also greatly affects the time delay because it determines the bandwidth of the passed signal in the self phase modulation based time delay systems. The output signal quality of the overall time delay systems depends on the conversion wavelength and input power level. The optimisation of the power level and conversion wavelength to provide the best output signal quality is made at the end of this paper

  3. Comprehensive research on self phase modulation based optical delay systems

    Yang Ai-Ying; Sun Yu-Nan

    2010-01-01

    This paper comprehensively investigates the properties of self phase modulation based optical delay systems consisting of dispersion compensation fibre and highly nonlinear fibres.It researches into the impacts of power level launched into highly nonlinear fibres,conversion wavelength,dispersion slope,modulation format and optical filter bandwidth on the overall performance of optical delay systems.The results reveal that,if the power launched into highly nonlinear fibres is fixed,the time delay generally varies linearly with the conversion wavelength,but jumps intermittently at some conversion wavelengths.However,the time delay varies semi-periodically with the power launched into highly nonlinear fibres.The dispersion slope of highly nonlinear fibres has significant influence on the time delay,especially for the negative dispersion slope.The time delay differs with modulation formats due to the different combined interaction of nonlinearity and dispersion in fibres.The bandwidth of the optical filters also greatly affects the time delay because it determines the bandwidth of the passed signal in the self phase modulation based time delay systems.The output signal quality of the overall time delay systems depends on the conversion wavelength and input power level.The optimisation of the power level and conversion wavelength to provide the best output signal quality is made at the end of this paper.

  4. 30 GHz Zeno-based Graphene Electro-optic Modulator

    Phare, Christopher T; Cardenas, Jaime; Lipson, Michal

    2014-01-01

    Graphene has generated exceptional interest as an optoelectronic material because its high carrier mobility and broadband absorption promise to make extremely fast and broadband electro-optic devices possible. Electro-optic graphene modulators reported to date, however, have been limited in bandwidth to a few GHz because of the large capacitance required to achieve reasonable voltage swings. Here we demonstrate a graphene electro-optic modulator based on the classical Zeno effect that shows drastically increased speed and efficiency. Our device operates with a 30 GHz bandwidth, over an order of magnitude faster than prior work, and a state-of-the-art modulation efficiency of 1.5 dB/V. We also show the first high-speed large-signal operation in a graphene modulator, paving the way for fast digital communications using this platform. The modulator uniquely uses silicon nitride waveguides, an otherwise completely passive material platform, with promising applications for ultra-low-loss broadband structures and n...

  5. All-optical Demultiplexing Using an Electroabsorption Modulator

    Højfeldt, Sune; Bischoff, Svend; Mørk, Jesper

    1999-01-01

    In the last decade, the electroabsorption modulator (EAM) (essentially a reverse biased semiconductor optical amplifier) has found an increasingly wider range of applications within optical communications, although mostly at the research level. Recently, all-optical signal-processing such as...... wavelength conversion, demultiplexing, and signal regeneration using an EAM have also been experimentally demonstrated, and lately theoretical calculations of wavelength conversion and signal regeneration have been presented. These functionalities are important for constructing ultrahigh-speed all......-optical networks.Here, we present modeling results of all-optical demultiplexing from 80 to 10 Gbit/s using an EAM. Our large-signal model for the reverse-biased quantum well absorber is based on a detailed gain model, and was originally developed for studying colliding-pulse mode-locked lasers. Sweep-out of photo...

  6. Laser pulse spectral shaping based on electro-optic modulation

    Yanhai Wang; Jiangfeng Wang; You'en Jiang; Yan Bao; Xuechun Li; Zunqi Lin

    2008-01-01

    A new spectrum shaping method, based on electro-optic modulation, to alleviate gain narrowing in chirped pulse amplification (CPA) system, is described and numerically simulated. Near-Fourier transform-limited seed laser pulse is chirped linearly through optical stretcher. Then the chirped laser pulse is coupled into integrated waveguide electro-optic modulator driven by an aperture-coupled-stripline (ACSL) electricalwaveform generator, and the pulse shape and amplitude are shaped in time domain. Because of the directrelationship between frequency interval and time interval of the linearly chirped pulse, the laser pulse spectrum is shaped correspondingly. Spectrum-shaping examples are modeled numerically to determine the spectral resolution of this technique. The phase error introduced in this method is also discussed.

  7. SCALE FACTOR DETERMINATION METHOD OF ELECTRO-OPTICAL MODULATOR IN FIBER-OPTIC GYROSCOPE

    A. S. Aleynik

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Subject of Research. We propose a method for dynamic measurement of half-wave voltage of electro-optic modulator as part of a fiber optic gyroscope. Excluding the impact of the angular acceleration o​n measurement of the electro-optical coefficient is achieved through the use of homodyne demodulation method that allows a division of the Sagnac phase shift signal and an auxiliary signal for measuring the electro-optical coefficient in the frequency domain. Method. The method essence reduces to decomposition of step of digital serrodyne modulation in two parts with equal duration. The first part is used for quadrature modulation signals. The second part comprises samples of the auxiliary signal used to determine the value of the scale factor of the modulator. Modeling is done in standalone model, and as part of a general model of the gyroscope. The applicability of the proposed method is investigated as well as its qualitative and quantitative characteristics: absolute and relative accuracy of the electro-optic coefficient, the stability of the method to the effects of angular velocities and accelerations, method resistance to noise in actual devices. Main Results. The simulation has showed the ability to measure angular velocity changing under the influence of angular acceleration, acting on the device, and simultaneous measurement of electro-optical coefficient of the phase modulator without interference between these processes. Practical Relevance. Featured in the paper the ability to eliminate the influence of the angular acceleration on the measurement accuracy of the electro-optical coefficient of the phase modulator will allow implementing accurate measurement algorithms for fiber optic gyroscopes resistant to a significant acceleration in real devices.

  8. CPV module with Fresnel lens primary optics and homogenizing secondary optics

    Wiesenfarth, Maike; Dörsam, Tobias; Eltermann, Fabian; Hornung, Thorsten; Siefer, Gerald; Steiner, Marc; van Riesen, Sascha; Neubauer, Martin; Boos, Alexander; Wanka, Sven; Gombert, Andreas; Bett, Andreas W.

    2015-09-01

    In this work CPV modules based on Fresnel lenses and using refractive secondary optical elements (SOEs) are investigated. Pure silicone as well as glass SOEs glued on top of the solar cells are explored in prototype modules. They are differently manufactured in respect to how the secondary optics was assembled. For example, units with secondary silicone optics directly casted to solar cells are manufactured. For a design of glued glass optics and Fresnel lenses, the optical design is analyzed experimentally. Moreover, the long term stability has been intensively tested by accelerated aging tests and outdoor experiments. Here, the focus was on the used silicone material and the adhesion of the silicone to the glass interface.

  9. Optical pulse compression reflectometry based on single-sideband modulator driven by electrical frequency-modulated pulse

    Zou, Weiwen; Yu, Lei; Yang, Shuo; Chen, Jianping

    2016-05-01

    We propose a novel scheme to generate a linear frequency-modulated optical pulse with high extinction ratio based on an electrical frequency-modulated pulse and optical single-sideband modulator. This scheme is proved to improve the stability and accuracy of optical pulse compression reflectometry (OPCR). In the experiment, a high spatial resolution of 10 cm and a long measurement range of 10.8 km using a laser source with 2-km coherence length are demonstrated.

  10. Evaluation of Geometrical Modulation Transfer Function in Optical Lens System

    Cheng-Mu Tsai

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents ray tracing algorithms to evaluate the geometrical modulation transfer function (GMTF of optical lens system. There are two kinds of ray tracings methods that can be applied to help simulate the point spread function (PSF in the image plane, for example, paraxial optics and real ray tracings. The paraxial optics ray tracing is used to calculate the first-order properties such as the effective focal length (EFL and the entrance pupil position through less cost of computation. However, the PSF could have a large tolerance by only using paraxial optics ray tracing for simulation. Some formulas for real ray tracing are applied in the sagittal and tangential line spread function (LSF. The algorithms are developed to demonstrate the simulation of LSF. Finally, the GMTF is evaluated after the fast Fourier transform (FFT of the LSF.

  11. Optical metrology for advanced process control: full module metrology solutions

    Bozdog, Cornel; Turovets, Igor

    2016-03-01

    Optical metrology is the workhorse metrology in manufacturing and key enabler to patterning process control. Recent advances in device architecture are gradually shifting the need for process control from the lithography module to other patterning processes (etch, trim, clean, LER/LWR treatments, etc..). Complex multi-patterning integration solutions, where the final pattern is the result of multiple process steps require a step-by-step holistic process control and a uniformly accurate holistic metrology solution for pattern transfer for the entire module. For effective process control, more process "knobs" are needed, and a tighter integration of metrology with process architecture.

  12. Interactive online optics modules for the college physics course

    Hoeling, Barbara M.

    2012-04-01

    A new learning tool for geometrical optics is presented which has been developed for an algebra based introductory college physics course for life science majors. The interactive online learning module contains images, videos of problem solutions, short animated videos, and interactive animations, which allow students to actively explore the physics content beyond the pictures in a textbook. These elements are accompanied by narration and a transcript to guide the students while allowing them to navigate freely between the different parts of the module. The results of student learning, a comparison with a control group, and a survey of student attitudes toward this new instruction method are discussed.

  13. Ultrasound-Modulated Optical Tomography in Reflective and Coaxial Configuration

    傅洪波; 邢达; 曾亚光; 王毅; 陈群

    2003-01-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography affords a very promising noninvasive imaging method for biomedical diagnosis. With this technique, an ultrasound beam is focused into a scattering medium to provide an accurate localization and, simultaneously, a modulation of laser light inside the medium. Based on the high-sensitivity detection technique, we have developed a unique reflective configuration, which was more convenient and practical than other existing configurations. Furthermore, the configuration also introduced a new scheme to improve the spatial resolution in the imaging. A phantom was imaged to validate the feasibility of the proposed configuration.

  14. Optical module to extend any Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography system into a polarisation-sensitive system

    Rivet, Sylvain; Marques, Manuel J.; Bradu, Adrian; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-06-01

    This article presents a theoretical study on an optical module (OM) that can be inserted between an object under investigation and a Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography system, transforming the latter into a polarisation-sensitive optical coherence tomography optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. The module consists of two electro-optic modulators, a Faraday rotator, a linear polariser and a quarter-wave plate. A detailed description on how the module can be used to extract both the net retardance and the fast axis orientation of a linear birefringent sample is presented. This is achieved by taking two sequential measurements for different values of retardance produced by the electro-optic modulator. The module keeps measurements free from undesired polarimetric effects due to birefringence in the single-mode optical fibre and diattenuation in fibre-based couplers within OCT systems. Simulations have been carried out in order to evaluate the effects of chromatic behaviour of the components within the OM.

  15. Phase-coherent orthogonally polarized optical single sideband modulation with arbitrarily tunable optical carrier-to-sideband ratio.

    Wang, Wen Ting; Liu, Jian Guo; Mei, Hai Kuo; Zhu, Ning Hua

    2016-01-11

    We propose and experimentally verify a novel approach to achieve phase-coherence orthogonally polarized optical single sideband (OSSB) modulation with a tunable optically carrier-to-sideband ratio (OCSR). In our scheme, the orthogonally polarized OSSB signal is achieved using a dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying (DP-QPSK) modulator without an optical band-pass filter (OBPF). Therefore, the proposed method is wavelength independent. The DP-QPSK modulator includes two parallel QPSK modulators locating on its two arms. The upper QPSK modulator of the DP-QPSK modulator is driven by two quadrature sinusoidal microwave signals and works at the frequency shifting condition whose bias voltages are optimized to suppress the optical. The lower QPSK modulator of that works at the maximum transmission point and the optical carrier is not modulated. The OCSR is continuously tunable by simply adjusting the bias voltages of the lower modulator. The frequency shifting optical signal from the upper QPSK modulator and the optical carrier from the lower QPSK modulator are combined together at the output of the DP-QPSK modulator. The optical carrier and sideband are polarized orthogonally. The generated OSSB signals could be used to shift and code the phase of the microwave signal and generate ultra-wideband (UWB) microwave pulse. The proposed method is analyzed and experimental demonstrated. PMID:26832269

  16. Testing the precision optical calibration module for PINGU

    The Precision IceCube Next Generation Upgrade (PINGU) is primarily designed to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy. This measurement requires an accurate calibration of the detector in order to reduce systematic uncertainties. The Precision Optical Calibration Modules (POCAM) will be placed in the detector as a well calibrated artificial light source in the ice. The POCAM will be enclosed in a glass sphere identical to those used for the detector modules. To construct and simulate a prototype of the POCAM, every component needs to be analyzed by their optical characteristics and by the behavior in temperatures down to -50 C. Therefore a highly shielded an isolated environment has to be build up. We report the status of the testing environment and the hardware selected.

  17. The KM3NeT Digital Optical Module

    Vivolo Daniele

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available KM3NeT is a European deep-sea multidisciplinary research infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea. It will host a km3-scale neutrino telescope and dedicated instruments for long-term and continuous measurements for Earth and Sea sciences. The KM3NeT neutrino telescope is a 3-dimensional array of Digital Optical Modules, suspended in the sea by means of vertical string structures, called Detection Units, supported by two pre-stretched Dyneema ropes, anchored to the seabed and kept taut with a system of buoys. The Digital Optical Module represents the active part of the neutrino telescope. It is composed by a 17-inch, 14 mm thick borosilicate glass (Vitrovex spheric vessel housing 31 photomultiplier tubes with 3-inch photocathode diameter and the associated front-end and readout electronics. The technical solution adopted for the KM3NeT optical modules is characterized by an innovative design, considering that existing neutrino telescopes, Baikal, IceCube and ANTARES, all use large photomultipliers, typically with a diameter of 8″ or 10″. It offers several advantages: higher sensitive surface (1260 cm2, weaker sensitivity to Earth's magnetic field, better distinction between single-photon and multi-photon events (photon counting and directional information with an almost isotropic field of view. In this contribution the design and the performance of the KM3NeT Digital Optical Modules are discussed, with a particular focus on enabling technologies and integration procedure.

  18. Generalized model for all-optical light modulation in bacteriorhodopsin

    Roy, Sukhdev; Singh, C. P.; Reddy, K. P. J.

    2001-10-01

    We present a generalized model for the photochemical cycle of bacteriorhodopsin (bR) protein molecule. Rate equations have been solved for the detailed light-induced processes in bR for its nine states: B→K↔L↔MI→MII↔N↔O↔P→Q→B. The complete steady-state intensity-induced population densities in various states of the molecule have been computed to obtain a general, exact, and analytical expression for the nonlinear absorption coefficient for multiple modulation pump laser beams. All-optical light modulation of different probe laser beam transmissions by intensity induced population changes due to one and two modulation laser beams has been analyzed. The proposed model has been shown to accurately model experimental results.

  19. Optical Characterization of Different Thin Film Module Technologies

    R. Ebner

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available For a complete quality control of different thin film module technologies (a-Si, CdTe, and CIS a combination of fast and nondestructive methods was investigated. Camera-based measurements, such as electroluminescence (EL, photoluminescence (PL, and infrared (IR technologies, offer excellent possibilities for determining production failures or defects in solar modules which cannot be detected by means of standard power measurements. These types of optical measurement provide high resolution images with a two-dimensional distribution of the characteristic features of PV modules. This paper focuses on quality control and characterization using EL, PL, and IR imaging with conventional cameras and an alternative excitation source for the PL-setup.

  20. Modulational instability in nonlinearity-managed optical media

    We investigate analytically, numerically, and experimentally the modulational instability in a layered, cubically nonlinear (Kerr) optical medium that consists of alternating layers of glass and air. We model this setting using a nonlinear Schroedinger (NLS) equation with a piecewise constant nonlinearity coefficient and conduct a theoretical analysis of its linear stability, obtaining a Kronig-Penney equation whose forbidden bands correspond to the modulationally unstable regimes. We find very good quantitative agreement between the theoretical analysis of the Kronig-Penney equation, numerical simulations of the NLS equation, and the experimental results for the modulational instability. Because of the periodicity in the evolution variable arising from the layered medium, we find multiple instability regions rather than just the one that would occur in uniform media

  1. Optical modulation of quantum cascade laser with optimized excitation wavelength.

    Yang, Tao; Chen, Gang; Tian, Chao; Martini, Rainer

    2013-04-15

    The excitation wavelength for all-optical modulation of a 10.6 μm mid-infrared (MIR) quantum cascade laser (QCL) was varied in order to obtain maximum modulation depth. Both amplitude and wavelength modulation experiments were conducted at 820 nm and 1550 nm excitation respectively, whereby the latter matches the interband transition in the QCL active region. Experimental results show that for continuous-wave mode-operated QCL, the efficiency of free carrier generation is doubled under 1550 nm excitation compared with 820 nm excitation, resulting in an increase of the amplitude modulation index from 19% to 36%. At the same time, the maximum wavelength shift is more than doubled from 1.05 nm to 2.80 nm. Furthermore, for the first time to our knowledge, we demonstrated the optical switching of a QCL operated in pulse mode by simple variation of the excitation wavelength. PMID:23595430

  2. Residual intensity modulation in resonator fiber optic gyros with sinusoidal wave phase modulation

    Di-qing YING; Qiang LI; Hui-lian MA; Zhong-he JIN

    2014-01-01

    We present how residual intensity modulation (RIM) affects the performance of a resonator fiber optic gyro (R-FOG) through a sinusoidal wave phase modulation technique. The expression for the R-FOG system’s demodulation curve under RIM is obtained. Through numerical simulation with different RIM coefficients and modulation frequencies, we find that a zero deviation is induced by the RIM effect on the demodulation curve, and this zero deviation varies with the RIM coefficient and modulation frequency. The expression for the system error due to this zero deviation is derived. Simulation results show that the RIM-induced error varies with the RIM coefficient and modulation frequency. There also exists optimum values for the RIM coefficient and modulation frequency to totally eliminate the RIM-induced error, and the error increases as the RIM coefficient or modulation frequency deviates from its optimum value;however, in practical situations, these two parameters would not be exactly fixed but fluctuate from their respective optimum values, and a large system error is induced even if there exists a very small deviation of these two critical parameters from their optimum values. Simulation results indicate that the RIM-induced error should be con-sidered when designing and evaluating an R-FOG system.

  3. Parallel optical interconnects utilizing VLSI/FLC spatial light modulators

    Genco, Sheryl M.

    1991-12-01

    Interconnection architectures are a cornerstone of parallel computing systems. However, interconnections can be a bottleneck in conventional computer architectures because of queuing structures that are necessary to handle the traffic through a switch at very high data rates and bandwidths. These issues must find new solutions to advance the state of the art in computing beyond the fundamental limit of silicon logic technology. Today's optoelectronic (OE) technology in particular VLSI/FLC spatial light modulators (SLMs) can provide a unique and innovative solution to these issues. This paper reports on the motivations for the system, describes the major areas of architectural requirements, discusses interconnection topologies and processor element alternatives, and documents an optical arbitration (i.e., control) scheme using `smart' SLMs and optical logic gates. The network topology is given in section 2.1 `Architectural Requirements -- Networks,' but it should be noted that the emphasis is on the optical control scheme (section 2.4) and the system.

  4. Breaking the energy-bandwidth limit of electro-optic modulators: theory and a device proposal

    Lin, Hongtao; Liu, Jifeng; Zhang, Lin; Michel, Jurgen; Hu, Juejun

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we quantitatively analyzed the trade-off between energy per bit for switching and modulation bandwidth of classical electro-optic modulators. A formally simple energy-bandwidth limit (Eq. 10) is derived for electro-optic modulators based on intra-cavity index modulation. To overcome this limit, we propose a dual cavity modulator device which uses a coupling modulation scheme operating at high bandwidth (> 200 GHz) not limited by cavity photon lifetime and simultaneously features an ultra-low switching energy of 0.26 aJ, representing over three orders of magnitude energy consumption reduction compared to state-of-the-art electro-optic modulators.

  5. Polymeric Optical Code-Division Multiple-Access (CDMA Encoder and Decoder Modules

    Ray T. Chen

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose a low cost polymeric optical waveguides-based optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules. The structures of the optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules are presented. The performance of the optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules is simulated using 10-chip binary phase-shift keying (BPSK coding schemes. The optical CDMA encoder and decoder modules can effectively transmit and recover optical CDMA data streams. The SNR of the received signal is analyzed and determined to be primarily from the cross correlation with other channels.

  6. Research of transmission and reception modules of open optical communication system

    The results of studying characteristics of optical signal's transmission module's in the voltage region 3-9 V are presented. It was experimentally shown that by introducing the rectifier diode to the modulating cascade of the modulator between base and emitter the linear increase of the optical output signal is obtained. Application of double-barrier photodiode with effect of amplification of primary photocurrent with voltage provides the proper operation of receiver module from a weak optical signal. (authors)

  7. PV Optics: An Optical Modeling Tool for Solar Cell and Module Design; Preprint

    A brief description of the capabilities of PV Optics, a software package for the design and analysis of solar cells and modules, is given. Some specific applications of the software for the design of thick- and thin-film cells are given

  8. BPSK optical mm-wave signal generation by septupling frequency via a single optical phase modulator

    Wu, Peng; Ma, Jianxin

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we have proposed a novel and simple scheme to generate the BPSK optical millimeter wave (MMW) signal with frequency septupling by using an optical phase modulator (PM) and a wavelength selective switch (WSS). In this scheme, the PM is driven by a radio frequency (RF) BPSK signal at the optimized modulation index of 4.89 to assure the 4th and 3rd-order sidebands have equal amplitudes. An wavelength selective switch (WSS) is used to abstract the -4th and +3rd-order sidebands from the spectrum generated by RF BPSK signal modulating the lightwave to form the BPSK optical MMW signal with frequency septupling the driving RF signal. In these two tones, only the +3rd-order sideband bears the BPSK signal while the -4th-order sideband is unmodulated since the phase information is canceled by the even times multiplication of the phase of BPSK signal. The MMW signal can avoid the pulse walk-off effect and the amplitude fading effect caused by the fiber chromatic dispersion. By adjusting the modulation index to assure the two tones have equal amplitude, the generated optical MMW signal has the maximal opto-electrical conversion efficiency and good transmission performance.

  9. Influence of SiO2/In2O3 film acoustical waveguide on the mode index of Ti:LiNbO3 optical waveguide in acousto-optical mode converter

    Lin, Hang-you; Ning, Ji-ping; Geng, Fan

    2004-04-01

    TE/TM mode converter is a key element of integrated acoustooptical tunable filter (AOTF). Employing SiO2/In2O3 film as acoustical waveguide can suppress sidelobes effectively and simplify fabrication technique in integrated quasi-collinear AOTF. In this report, the eigenvalue equation and the field solution of such configuration has been obtained by using modified Wenzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) method. The results are compared with those by using vector finite element method (VFEM). When the optical waveguides are covered by such oxide film, the difference of mode indices of both polarizations and the effective propagation velocity of surface acoustical wave (SAW) will decrease, and these decreases lead the shift of optical wavelength, which mainly results in the change of the former.

  10. Dynamic optical modulation of an electron beam on a photocathode RF gun: Toward intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

    In intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the aim is to deliver reduced doses of radiation to normal tissue. As a step toward IMRT, we examined dynamic optical modulation of an electron beam produced by a photocathode RF gun. Images on photomasks were transferred onto a photocathode by relay imaging. The resulting beam was controlled by a remote mirror. The modulated electron beam maintained its shape on acceleration, had a fine spatial resolution, and could be moved dynamically by optical methods

  11. Dynamic optical modulation of an electron beam on a photocathode RF gun: Toward intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

    Kondoh, Takafumi; Kashima, Hiroaki; Yang, Jinfeng; Yoshida, Yoichi; Tagawa, Seiichi

    2008-10-01

    In intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), the aim is to deliver reduced doses of radiation to normal tissue. As a step toward IMRT, we examined dynamic optical modulation of an electron beam produced by a photocathode RF gun. Images on photomasks were transferred onto a photocathode by relay imaging. The resulting beam was controlled by a remote mirror. The modulated electron beam maintained its shape on acceleration, had a fine spatial resolution, and could be moved dynamically by optical methods.

  12. Simulation and Optimization of MQW based optical modulator for on chip optical interconnect

    Sumita Mishra

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Optical interconnects are foreseen as a potential solution to improve the performance of data transmission in high speed integrated circuits since electrical interconnects operating at high bit rates have several limitations which creates a bottleneck at the interconnect level. The objective of the work is to model and then simulate the MQWM based optical interconnect transmitter. The power output of the simulated modulator is then optimized with respect to various parameters namely contrast ratio, insertion loss and bias current. The methodology presented here is suitable for investigation of both analog and digital modulation performance but it primarily deals with digital modulation. We have not included the effect of carrier charge density in multiple quantum well simulation.

  13. KM3NeT Digital Optical Module electronics

    Real, Diego

    2016-04-01

    The KM3NeT collaboration is currently building of a neutrino telescope with a volume of several cubic kilometres at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. The telescope consists of a matrix of Digital Optical Modules that will detect the Cherenkov light originated by the interaction of the neutrinos in the proximity of the detector. This contribution describes the main components of the read-out electronics of the Digital Optical Module: the Power Board, which delivers all the power supply required by the Digital Optical Molule electronics; the Central Logic Board, the main core of the read-out system, hosting 31 Time to Digital Converters with 1 ns resolution and the White Rabbit protocol embedded in the Central Logic Board Field Programmable Gate Array; the Octopus boards, that transfer the Low Voltage Digital Signals from the PMT bases to the Central Logic Board and finally the PMT bases, in charge of converting the analogue signal produced in the 31 3" PMTs into a Low Voltage Digital Signal.

  14. A simple intensity modulation based fiber-optic accelerometer

    Guozhen, Yao; Yongqian, Li; Zhi, Yang

    2016-05-01

    A fiber-optic accelerometer with simple structure and high performance based on intensity modulation is proposed. Using only a length of single mode fiber compressed by a cantilever, the intensity of reflected light is modulated by the vibration acceleration applied to it. The effects of the fiber location, the dimension parameters of the cantilever on frequency response and sensitivity are investigated. The experimental results demonstrate that the accelerometer has a flat frequency response over a 4700 Hz bandwidth and a sensitivity of 21.24 mV/g with a cantilever dimension of 30 × 8 × 1.6 mm3 and a distance of 5 mm between the fiber location and the suspended cantilever end; the coefficient of determination is better than 0.999. In addition, the effect of temperature and the stability of the sensing system are investigated.

  15. Macular pigment optical density measured by heterochromatic modulation photometry.

    Cord Huchzermeyer

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To psychophysically determine macular pigment optical density (MPOD employing the heterochromatic modulation photometry (HMP paradigm by estimating 460 nm absorption at central and peripheral retinal locations. METHODS: For the HMP measurements, two lights (B: 460 nm and R: 660 nm were presented in a test field and were modulated in counterphase at medium or high frequencies. The contrasts of the two lights were varied in tandem to determine flicker detection thresholds. Detection thresholds were measured for different R:B modulation ratios. The modulation ratio with minimal sensitivity (maximal threshold is the point of equiluminance. Measurements were performed in 25 normal subjects (11 male, 14 female; age: 30 ± 11 years, mean ± sd using an eight channel LED stimulator with Maxwellian view optics. The results were compared with those from two published techniques - one based on heterochromatic flicker photometry (Macular Densitometer and the other on fundus reflectometry (MPR. RESULTS: We were able to estimate MPOD with HMP using a modified theoretical model that was fitted to the HMP data. The resultant MPODHMP values correlated significantly with the MPODMPR values and with the MPODHFP values obtained at 0.25° and 0.5° retinal eccentricity. CONCLUSIONS: HMP is a flicker-based method with measurements taken at a constant mean chromaticity and luminance. The data can be well fit by a model that allows all data points to contribute to the photometric equality estimate. Therefore, we think that HMP may be a useful method for MPOD measurements, in basic and clinical vision experiments.

  16. Optimization of Solar Module Encapsulant Lamination by Optical Constant Determination of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate

    Bing-Mau Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This investigation elucidates the physical properties of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA used in the lamination process of module encapsulation and the module performance from the optical transmission to the photoelectric power. In module encapsulation, the effects of the lamination parameters on the module performance, transmittance, and stack adhesion have been considered as they were found to influence the reliability of the module. The determination of the optical constants of EVA may serve as a nondestructive analytical method for optimizing the module encapsulation, on the basis of its effects on the optical transmittance, gel content, peel strength, and performance power.

  17. Recent Progress in Silicon Electro-optic Modulators for High Speed Applications

    XIAO Xi; YU Jin-zhong

    2008-01-01

    Silicon-based high-speed electro-optical modulator is the key component of silicon photonics for future communiction and interconnection systems. In this paper, introduced are the optical mudulation mechanisms in silicon, reviewed are some recent progresses in high-speed silicon modulators, and analyzed are advantages and shortages of the silicon modulators of different types.

  18. Electrically modulated transparent liquid crystal-optical grating projection

    Buss, Thomas; Smith, Cameron; Kristensen, Anders

    2013-01-01

    A transparent, fully integrated electrically modulated projection technique is presented based on light guiding through a thin liquid crystal layer covering sub-wavelength gratings. The reported device operates at 10 V with response times of 4.5 ms. Analysis of the liquid crystal alignment shows...... that director-reorientation occurs over timescales on the order of 90 μs close to the grating surface. The technology is suitable for next generation heads-up-displays and reconfigurable multilayer photonic integrated circuits. © 2013 Optical Society of America....

  19. Transparent conducting oxides for electro-optical plasmonic modulators

    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Boltasseva, Alexandra; Lavrinenko, Andrei V.

    2015-01-01

    ), or optical materials with metal-like behavior,have recently attracted a lot of attention due to thepromise they hold to enable low-loss, tunable, CMOScompatibledevices for photonic technologies. In this review,we provide a systematic overview of various compactoptical modulator designs that utilize a...... combines nanoscalelight confinement and optical-speed processing of signals,has the potential to enable the next generation of hybridinformation-processing devices, which are superiorto the current photonic dielectric components in terms ofspeed and compactness. New plasmonic materials (otherthan metals...... class of themost promising new materials as the active layer or core—namely, transparent conducting oxides. Such modulatorscan be made low-loss, compact, and exhibit high tunabilitywhile offering low cost and compatibility with existingsemiconductor technologies. A detailed analysis of...

  20. Effective electro-optical modulation with high extinction ratio by a graphene-silicon microring resonator

    Ding, Yunhong; Zhu, Xiaolong; Xiao, Sanshui;

    2015-01-01

    -optical modulation, optical-optical switching, and other optoelectronics applications. However, achieving a high modulation depth remains a challenge because of the modest graphene-light interaction in the graphene-silicon devices, typically, utilizing only a monolayer or few layers of graphene. Here, we...

  1. An Innovative Context-Based Module to Introduce Students to the Optical Properties of Materials

    Testa, I.; Lombardi, S.; Monroy, G.; Sassi, E.

    2011-01-01

    A context-based module to introduce secondary school students to the study of the optical properties of materials and geometric optics is presented. The module implements an innovative teaching approach in which the behaviour of the chosen application, in this article, the optical fibre, is iteratively explored and modelled by means of a…

  2. Optical beamforming networks employing phase modulation and direct detection

    Xue, Xiaoxiao; Zheng, Xiaoping; Zhang, Hanyi; Zhou, Bingkun

    2011-06-01

    We propose a novel dispersion-based optical beamforming network scheme employing phase modulation and direct detection. Optical phase modulators have the advantages of simple-structure, low loss and absence of bias. Dispersion-induced phase-to-intensity conversion is utilized to facilitate direct detection. A structure of wideband dispersive device (WDD) cascaded with periodic dispersive device (PDD) is introduced to enhance the system flexibility, so that the delay adjustability and RF response can be properly designed respectively by choosing appropriate dispersions of the WDD and PDD. A concept-proof system with a wideband chirped fiber grating (CFG) as the WDD and two multiband CFGs (MCFG1 and MCFG2) as the PDD separately is built to demonstrate the basic idea. The delay tuning range is 0-1.8 ns with increment of 164.2 ps. The passband center is 30 GHz for MCFG1 and 20 GHz for MCFG2, and the fractional bandwidth is 51.8%. The shot-noise-limited spurious-free dynamic range is also analyzed and measured to be 105.7 dB ṡ Hz2/3 when the average photocurrent is 2.7 mA.

  3. Novel implementations of optical switch control module and 3D-CSP for 10 Gbps active optical access system

    Wakayama, Koji; Okuno, Michitaka; Matsuoka, Yasunobu; Hosomi, Kazuhiko; Sagawa, Misuzu; Sugawara, Toshiki

    2009-11-01

    We propose an optical switch control procedure for high-performance and cost-effective 10 Gbps Active Optical Access System (AOAS) in which optical switches are used instead of optical splitters in PON (Passive Optical Network). We demonstrate the implemented optical switch control module on Optical Switching Unit (OSW) with logic circuits works effectively. We also propose a compact optical 3D-CSP (Chip Scale Package) to achieve the high performance of AOAS without losing cost advantage of PON. We demonstrate the implemented 3D-CSP works effectively.

  4. Monolithically integrated quantum dot optical modulator with semiconductor optical amplifier for thousand and original band optical communication

    Yamamoto, Naokatsu; Akahane, Kouichi; Umezawa, Toshimasa; Matsumoto, Atsushi; Kawanishi, Tetsuya

    2016-04-01

    A monolithically integrated quantum dot (QD) optical gain modulator (OGM) with a QD semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) was successfully developed with T-band (1.0 µm waveband) and O-band (1.3 µm waveband) QD optical gain materials for Gbps-order, high-speed optical data generation. The insertion loss due to coupling between the device and the optical fiber was effectively compensated for by the SOA section. It was also confirmed that the monolithic QD-OGM/SOA device enabled >4.8 Gbps optical data generation with a clear eye opening in the T-band. Furthermore, we successfully demonstrated error-free 4.8 Gbps optical data transmissions in each of the six wavelength channels over a 10-km-long photonic crystal fiber using the monolithic QD-OGM/SOA device in multiple O-band wavelength channels, which were generated by the single QD gain chip. These results suggest that the monolithic QD-OGM/SOA device will be advantageous in ultra-broadband optical frequency systems that utilize the T+O-band for short- and medium-range optical communications.

  5. All-optical encryption based on interleaved waveband switching modulation for optical network security.

    Fok, Mable P; Prucnal, Paul R

    2009-05-01

    All-optical encryption for optical code-division multiple-access systems with interleaved waveband-switching modulation is experimentally demonstrated. The scheme explores dual-pump four-wave mixing in a 35 cm highly nonlinear bismuth oxide fiber to achieve XOR operation of the plaintext and the encryption key. Bit 0 and bit 1 of the encrypted data are represented by two different wavebands. Unlike on-off keying encryption methods, the encrypted data in this approach has the same intensity for both bit 0 and bit 1. Thus no plaintext or ciphertext signatures are observed. PMID:19412257

  6. Open-Loop Control in Quantum Optics: Two-Level Atom in Modulated Optical Field

    Saifullah; Borisenok, Sergei

    2008-01-01

    The methods of mathematical control theory are widely used in the modern physics, but still they are less popular in quantum science. We will discuss the aspects of control theory, which are the most useful in applications to the real problems of quantum optics. We apply this technique to control the behavior of the two-level quantum particles (atoms) in the modulated external optical field in the frame of the so called "semi classical model", where quantum two-level atomic system (all other ...

  7. All-optical demultiplexing and wavelength conversion in an electroabsorption modulator

    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Hilliger, E.; Tersigni, Andrea;

    2001-01-01

    Cross-absorption modulation in an all electroabsorption modulator is utilised to perform 80/10 Gb/s all-optical demultiplexing. An improvement in receiver sensitivity at 10 Gb/s is demonstrated when wavelength converting....

  8. DSP based coherent receiver for phase-modulated radio-over-fiber optical links

    Zibar, Darko; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso; Peucheret, Christophe;

    2008-01-01

    A novel DSP based coherent receiver for phase modulated radio-over-fiber optical links is reported. Using the proposed digital receiver, signal demodulation of 1.25 Gb/s ASK-modulated 10 GHz RF carrier is experimentally demonstrated.......A novel DSP based coherent receiver for phase modulated radio-over-fiber optical links is reported. Using the proposed digital receiver, signal demodulation of 1.25 Gb/s ASK-modulated 10 GHz RF carrier is experimentally demonstrated....

  9. An optical FSK transmitter based on an integrated DFB laser-EA modulator and its application in optical labeling

    Zhang, Jianfeng; Chi, Nan; Holm-Nielsen, Pablo Villanueva;

    2003-01-01

    An optical frequency-shift-keying (FSK) transmitter based on an integrated distributed feedback laser-electroabsorption modulator is proposed and demonstrated. The feasibility of its application in optical labeling is also validated by the experimental results. The generated optical signal......, consisting of a 10-Gb/s intensity-modulated payload and a 312-Mb/s FSK label, can be recovered error free after transmission over 88-km standard single-mode fiber....

  10. Programmable logic controller optical fibre sensor interface module

    Allwood, Gary; Wild, Graham; Hinckley, Steven

    2011-12-01

    Most automated industrial processes use Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) or Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for automated control. PLCs tend to be more common as they have much of the functionality of DCSs, although they are generally cheaper to install and maintain. PLCs in conjunction with a human machine interface form the basis of Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, combined with communication infrastructure and Remote Terminal Units (RTUs). RTU's basically convert different sensor measurands in to digital data that is sent back to the PLC or supervisory system. Optical fibre sensors are becoming more common in industrial processes because of their many advantageous properties. Being small, lightweight, highly sensitive, and immune to electromagnetic interference, means they are an ideal solution for a variety of diverse sensing applications. Here, we have developed a PLC Optical Fibre Sensor Interface Module (OFSIM), in which an optical fibre is connected directly to the OFSIM located next to the PLC. The embedded fibre Bragg grating sensors, are highly sensitive and can detect a number of different measurands such as temperature, pressure and strain without the need for a power supply.

  11. Modulational instability in dispersion-kicked optical fibers

    Nodari, S Rota; Dujardin, G; Kudlinski, A; Mussot, A; Trillo, S; De Bièvre, S

    2015-01-01

    We study, both theoretically and experimentally, modulational instability in optical fibers that have a longitudinal evolution of their dispersion in the form of a Dirac delta comb. By means of Floquet theory, we obtain an exact expression for the position of the gain bands, and we provide simple analytical estimates of the gain and of the bandwidths of those sidebands. An experimental validation of those results has been realized in several microstructured fibers specifically manufactured for that purpose. The dispersion landscape of those fibers is a comb of Gaussian pulses having widths much shorter than the period, which therefore approximate the ideal Dirac comb. Experimental spontaneous MI spectra recorded under quasi continuous wave excitation are in good agreement with the theory and with numerical simulations based on the generalized nonlinear Schr\\"odinger equation.

  12. Optical particle trapping and dynamic manipulation using spatial light modulation

    Eriksen, René Lynge

    spots acting as tweezers beams are generated using phase-only spatial light modulation of an incident laser beam together with a generalized phase contrast (GPC) filter. The GPC method acts as a common-path interferometer, which converts encoded phase information into an appropriate intensity pattern...... proven capable of generating a phase pattern from an input amplitude distribution. The birefringent nature of liquid crystals in the SLM is utilized for the generation of an arbitrary two-dimensional state of polarization using two-cascaded SLMs. By means of elliptically polarized light, generated by one...... SLM and a lens-array, angular momentum transfer to multiple birefringent particles is achieved in an optical tweezers system. The rotation direction and angular orientation of the trapped particles are controlled from the SLM device that directly affects the state of polarization. In addition, a novel...

  13. Instrumentation of a new direction sensitive segmented optical module

    An efficiency increase in the intermediate energy region for an underwater neutrino telescope could be an important development to gain better sensitivity in the study of the physical processes concerning the deep universe and to have a useful tool for better detector calibration with atmospheric neutrinos. A new, direction sensitive, segmented optical module (OM) is under development in Genova, in the framework of the NEMO experiment, part of the KM3NET European network. According to preliminary simulations, this kind of device can-together with a dedicated track reconstruction strategy-improve by a significant factor the telescope sensitivity at low and intermediate energies. This OM will feature a newly developed 10 in. Hamamatsu 4-anode photomultiplier (PMT) coupled to dedicated electronics to be integrated in the NEMO readout chain. The first directional OMs will be installed at the NEMO test site during the preliminary phase of the experiment.

  14. Transverse acousto-electric effect in superconductors

    Lipavský, P.; Koláček, J.; Lin, P.-J.

    2016-06-01

    We formulate a theory based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) theory and Newtonian vortex dynamics to study the transverse acousto-electric response of a type-II superconductor with Abrikosov vortex lattice. When exposed to a transverse acoustic wave, Cooper pairs emerge from the moving atomic lattice and moving electrons. As in the Tolman-Stewart effect in a normal metal, an electromagnetic field is radiated from the superconductor. We adapt the equilibrium-based TDGL theory to this non-equilibrium system by using a floating condensation kernel. Due to the interaction between normal and superconducting components, the radiated electric field as a function of magnetic field attains a maximum value occurring below the upper critical magnetic field. This local increase in electric field has weak temperature dependence and is suppressed by the presence of impurities in the superconductor.

  15. Improving the All-Optical Response of SOAs Using a Modulated Holding Signal

    Bischoff, Svend; Nielsen, Mads Lønstrup; Mørk, Jesper

    2004-01-01

    A method for increasing the all-optical modulation bandwidth of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) by use of a cross-gain-modulated (XGM) holding signal is suggested and analyzed. The bandwidth improvement is numerically demonstrated by studying wavelength conversion in an SOA-based Mach...

  16. Bandwidth-length trade-off figures of merit for electro-optic traveling wave modulators

    Ibarra Fusté, Jose Antonio; Santos Blanco, M. Concepción

    2013-01-01

    Closed-form expressions explicitly relating modulation bandwidth and active length in electro-optic traveling wave modulators are presented which fully account for skin-effect electrode loss and optical-electrical wave velocities mismatch. Four operative margins have been identified where the bandwidth–length trade-off figure of merit takes simple forms. Peer Reviewed

  17. Optical label switching in telecommunication using semiconductor lasers, amplifiers and electro-absorption modulators

    Chi, Nan; Christiansen, Lotte Jin; Jeppesen, Palle;

    2004-01-01

    We demonstrate all-optical label encoding and updating for an orthogonally labeled signal in combined IM/FSK modulation format utilizing semiconductor lasers, semiconductor optical amplifiers and electro-absorption modulators. Complete functionality of a network node including two-hop transmission...

  18. Generation of platicons and frequency combs in optical microresonators with normal GVD by modulated pump

    Lobanov, Valery E; Gorodetsky, Michael L

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that flat-topped dissipative solitonic pulses, platicons, and corresponding frequency combs can be excited in optical microresonators with normal group velocity dispersion using either amplitude modulation of the pump or bichromatic pump. Soft excitation may occur in particular frequency range if modulation depth is large enough and modulation frequency is close to the free spectral range of the microresonator.

  19. 8x40 Gb/s RZ all-optical broadcasting utilizing an electroabsorption modulator

    Xu, Lin; Chi, Nan; Yvind, Kresten;

    2004-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate all-optical broadcasting through simultaneous 8 × 40 Gb/s wavelength conversion in the RZ format based on cross absorption modulation in an electroabsorption modulator. The original intensity-modulated information is successfully duplicated onto eight wavelengths that...

  20. Large-area Fabry-Perot modulator based on electro-optic polymers

    Benter, Nils; Bertram, Ralph Peter; Soergel, Elisabeth;

    2006-01-01

    We present a large-area electro-optic Fabry-Perot modulator utilizing a photoaddressable bis-azo polymer placed between two dielectric mirrors with an open aperture of 2 cm. A modulation efficientcy of 1% at an effective modulation voltage of 20 V for a wavelength of 1.55 mymeter is demonstrated...

  1. Frequency Modulation Induced by using the Linear Phase Modulation Method used in a Resonator Micro-optic Gyro

    HONG Ling-Fei; ZHANG Chun-Xi; FENG Li-Shuang; YU Huai-Yong; LEI Ming

    2012-01-01

    Resonator micro-optic gyro (R-MOG) sensing rotation angular-velocity is based on Sagnac effect.We present a frequency modulation (FM) induced by the analog triangle-waveform phase modulation (ATAW-PM) technique in an R-MOG.Compared with the traditional serrodyne phase modulation or digital phase modulation methods,the proposed modulation technique has the intrinsic advantage in free of sweeping-back or step-effect induced pulse noise.The influence on dynamic range and resolution of the R-MOG by the parameters of analog trianglewaveform is theoretically analyzed.Experiments are carried out on an R-MOG composed of an integrated optic resonator with a free spectral range (FSR) and a fitness (F) of 1.6GHz and 61,respectively.Dynamic range of ±500 deg/s and bias drift of 0.6 deg/s over 1 h and 0.05 deg/s for 60 s are reliably obtained.%Resonator micro-optic gyro (R-MOG) sensing rotation angular-velocity is based on Sagnac effect. We present a frequency modulation (FM) induced by the analog triangle-waveform phase modulation (ATAW-PM) technique in an R-MOG. Compared with the traditional serrodyne phase modulation or digital phase modulation methods, the proposed modulation technique has the intrinsic advantage in free of sweeping-back or step-effect induced pulse noise. The influence on dynamic range and resolution of the R-MOG by the parameters of analog triangle-waveform is theoretically analyzed. Experiments are carried out on an R-MOG composed of an integrated optic resonator with a free spectral range (FSR) and a Btness (F) of 1.6 GHz and 61, respectively. Dynamic range of ±500 deg/s and bias drift of 0.6deg/s over 1 h and 0.05deg/s for 60s are reliably obtained.

  2. A pulse code modulated fiber optic link design for quinault under-water tracking range

    Andersen, David Allen

    1980-01-01

    An underwater fiber optics communication link has been shown to be a realistic alternative to the currently planned coaxial cable link for the shallow-water torpedo tracking range at the Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station. The currently planned system is reviewed in this thesis and a fiber optic alternative is discussed. Several possible modulation techniques are studied and compared. Choosing pulse code modulation, a fiber optic link was built and tested using...

  3. Optical label encoding using electroabsorption modulators and investigation of chirp properties

    Xu, Lin; Chi, Nan; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo;

    2003-01-01

    A novel scheme of optical label encoding by wavelength conversion based on electroabsorption modulators (EAMs) is reported. Based on the experimental observations, the chirp properties of the wavelength-converted signal are discussed and a wide dynamic range of the chirp α-parameter is found allo...... allowed. Compared with cross-gain modulation (XGM) in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), the EAM has several advantages, which make it attractive for optical label encoding or other applications as a wavelength converter....

  4. Optimization Design Parameters of Electro-optic Modulators for Low Loss Wide Bandwidth Capability of Optical Communication Systems

    Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of temperature, and operating signal wavelength on high frequency radio frequency transmission characteristics are deeply investigated against various materials based electro optic modulator devices such as lithium Niobate (LiNbO3, polymer, and semiconductor materials. On the other hand, we have developed the optimization of the electro optic modulator parameters where the effective index plays an essential role in the evaluation of the bandwidth structure. The effects of design parameters on the modulating voltage and optical bandwidth are also investigated for different materials based electro optic modulators by using rigorous transmission modeling techniques. The low loss wide bandwidth capability of optoelectronic systems makes them attractive for the transmission and processing of microwave signals, while the development of high capacity optical communication systems has required the use of modulation techniques in optical transmitters and receivers. This paper has presented the low loss wide bandwidth for different electrooptic modulators based on design of optimization parameters for high speed transmission performance.

  5. SiC Optically Modulated Field-Effect Transistor

    Tabib-Azar, Massood

    2009-01-01

    An optically modulated field-effect transistor (OFET) based on a silicon carbide junction field-effect transistor (JFET) is under study as, potentially, a prototype of devices that could be useful for detecting ultraviolet light. The SiC OFET is an experimental device that is one of several devices, including commercial and experimental photodiodes, that were initially evaluated as detectors of ultraviolet light from combustion and that could be incorporated into SiC integrated circuits to be designed to function as combustion sensors. The ultraviolet-detection sensitivity of the photodiodes was found to be less than desired, such that it would be necessary to process their outputs using high-gain amplification circuitry. On the other hand, in principle, the function of the OFET could be characterized as a combination of detection and amplification. In effect, its sensitivity could be considerably greater than that of a photodiode, such that the need for amplification external to the photodetector could be reduced or eliminated. The experimental SiC OFET was made by processes similar to JFET-fabrication processes developed at Glenn Research Center. The gate of the OFET is very long, wide, and thin, relative to the gates of typical prior SiC JFETs. Unlike in prior SiC FETs, the gate is almost completely transparent to near-ultraviolet and visible light. More specifically: The OFET includes a p+ gate layer less than 1/4 m thick, through which photons can be transported efficiently to the p+/p body interface. The gate is relatively long and wide (about 0.5 by 0.5 mm), such that holes generated at the body interface form a depletion layer that modulates the conductivity of the channel between the drain and the source. The exact physical mechanism of modulation of conductivity is a subject of continuing research. It is known that injection of minority charge carriers (in this case, holes) at the interface exerts a strong effect on the channel, resulting in amplification

  6. PV Optics: A Software Package for Solar Cells and Module Design

    Sopori, B.

    2007-01-01

    PV Optics is a user-friendly software package developed to design and analyze solar cells and modules. It is applicable to a variety of optical structures, including thin and thick cells with light-trapping structures and metal optics. Using a combination of wave and ray optics to include effects of coherence and interference, it can be used to design single-junction and multijunction solar cells and modules. This paper describes some basic applications of PV Optics for crystalline and amorphous Si solar cell design. We present examples to examine the effects on solar cell performance of wafer thickness, antireflection coating thickness, texture height, and metal loss.

  7. Numerical and experimental analysis of the modulation of fiber Bragg gratings by low-frequency complex acoustic waves

    Silva, Ricardo E.; Franco, Marcos A. R.; Neves, Paulo T.; Bartelt, Hartmut; Pohl, Alexandre A. P.

    2016-07-01

    The acoustically modulated bandwidth of fiber Bragg gratings is simulated and experimentally demonstrated. Finite element and transfer matrix methods are used to investigate a superposition of flexural and longitudinal acoustic waves and the induced complex strain in the grating, for the first time. The results show that the longitudinal strain is suitable to generate a bandwidth-voltage response. The modeling is useful for the design and characterization of acousto-optic modulators, which is attractive for the fast control of several photonic devices.

  8. Electronic band-gap modified passive silicon optical modulator at telecommunications wavelengths.

    Zhang, Rui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Liu, Xiangdong; Lu, Qingming; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-01-01

    The silicon optical modulator is considered to be the workhorse of a revolution in communications. In recent years, the capabilities of externally driven active silicon optical modulators have dramatically improved. Self-driven passive modulators, especially passive silicon modulators, possess advantages in compactness, integration, low-cost, etc. Constrained by a large indirect band-gap and sensitivity-related loss, the passive silicon optical modulator is scarce and has been not advancing, especially at telecommunications wavelengths. Here, a passive silicon optical modulator is fabricated by introducing an impurity band in the electronic band-gap, and its nonlinear optics and applications in the telecommunications-wavelength lasers are investigated. The saturable absorption properties at the wavelength of 1.55 μm was measured and indicates that the sample is quite sensitive to light intensity and has negligible absorption loss. With a passive silicon modulator, pulsed lasers were constructed at wavelengths at 1.34 and 1.42 μm. It is concluded that the sensitive self-driven passive silicon optical modulator is a viable candidate for photonics applications out to 2.5 μm. PMID:26563679

  9. A hybrid scanning probe microscope (SPM) module based on a DVD optical head

    The development of a highly sensitive (sub-nanometer) and multi-platform scanning probe microscope (SPM) module is presented. The module is based on an optical DVD pick-up head and uses its astigmatic detection scheme to detect the vertical displacement of the SPM cantilevers. The complete hybrid SPM module is capable of scanning in SPM intermittent contact, SPM contact and optical profilometry modes. The module can be used in a modified optical microscope or be implemented in a stand-alone system. Measurement results prove that the mechanical stability of this SPM module is high enough for atomic resolution imaging. Both scanning-sample and scanning-probe-type SPM setups have been tested based on this SPM module. The noise level and drift rate in the z-direction of the stand-alone system are 10 pm (rms) and 0.2 nm min−1, respectively

  10. Electroabsorption modulators used for all-optical signal processing and labelling

    Xu, Lin

    2004-01-01

    This thesis concerns the applications of semiconductor components, primarily electroabsorption modulators (EAMs), in optical signal processing and labelling for future all optical communication networks. An introduction to electroabsorption modulators is given and several mechanisms that form...... and various signal-processing functions based on Polarization Shift Keying (PolSK) modulation format are demonstrated. Polarization modulation is implemented by a normal Mach Zednder Modulator operating in a special but simple way. Detection and erasure of polarization information are realised by a device...... with the signal wavelength, indicating that an optimum wavelength can be found as a trade-off between the on-off ratio and the signal-to-noise ratio. The chirp property and the small signal bandwidth for electrical-to-optical modulation of the EAM are investigated. It is found that the measured chirp α...

  11. An integrated nematic liquid crystal in-fiber modulator derivates from capillary optical fiber

    Guo, Xiaohui; Yang, Xinghua; Li, Song; Liu, Zhihai; Hu, Minggang; Qu, Bin; Yuan, Libo

    2016-05-01

    A novel liquid crystal integrated modulation-depth-adjustable in-fiber modulator is proposed. The liquid crystal is encapsulated in a specially designed capillary optical fiber with tubular structure. The experimental results show that the liquid crystal under the electric field can influence the light intensity in the tubular core of the fiber. The light at 632.8 nm in the circular waveguide can be modulated by only 2.71×10-2 nL of the liquid crystals under electric field. The wide range of modulation-depth from 23% to 50% can be obtained by adjusting the strength of the external electric field. In addition, the modulator shows good stability and repeatability. This work has great potentials in integrated in-fiber optical devices such as tunable modulators, optical switches and electric field sensors.

  12. Waveguide electro-optic modulators based on self-assembled material systems

    LIU Zhi-fu; MA Jing; SUN De-gui; XU Guo-yang; HO Seng-Tiong; ZHU Pei-wang; KANG Hu; Antonio Facchetti; Tobin J. Marks

    2005-01-01

    Fabrication and characterization of electro-optic modulators based on the novel organic electro-optic materials composed of self-assembled superlattices (SAS) were presented, both wet-dipping self-assembly and vapor phase deposition approaches were discussed. Prototype waveguide electro-optic modulators were fabricated using SAS films integrated with low-loss polymeric materials functioning as partial guiding and cladding layers.Promising electro-optic thin film materials including DTPT and PEPCOOH grown from the vapor phase were used for fabrication and test of electro-optic prototype modulators. Finally,the EO coefficient of tens of pm/V was obtained,which can sufficiently support high-speed and small size EO modulators.

  13. Development and investigation of a CPV module with Cassegrain mirror optics

    Dreger, Max; Wiesenfarth, Maike; Kisser, Arne; Schmid, Tobias; Bett, Andreas W.

    2014-09-01

    One approach to concentrate the sunlight in concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) modules is using Cassegrain mirror optics. The advantage is that a passively cooled solar cell can be mounted to a large heat spreader that does not shade the primary optics. In addition, the height of the module, hence weight, can be low. The design was selected on the basis of the results of a design study comparing different CPV module approaches presented in [1]. In this work, we present the development of a new prototype micro dish module. First results of the characterization are shown. Besides of the electrical performance, a machined optics and an injection molded was investigated regarding sensitivity to misalignment errors between the optical elements as well as measurement of the acceptance angle in- and outdoors. The machined optics was used as reference.

  14. Hybrid electro-optic plasmonic modulators based on directional coupler switches

    Zografopoulos, Dimitrios C.; Swillam, Mohamed A.; Shahada, Lamees A.; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2016-04-01

    By breaking the diffraction limit, plasmonics enable the miniaturization of integrated optical signal processing units in a platform compatible with traditional CMOS technology. In such architectures, modulators and switches are essential elements for fast and low-power optical signal processing. This work presents the design of a CMOS-compatible hybrid plasmonic modulator based on directional couplers enhanced with a layer of electro-optic polymer. The modulator shows very broad operating window with low crosstalk values and very small footprint with respect to similar couplers and switches of the silicon photonics platform.

  15. The design of the optical modules of the KM3NeT-Italia project towers

    Leonora, Emanuele; Aiello, Sebastiano; Giordano, Valentina

    2016-07-01

    The KM3NeT-Italia project aims to construct a large volume underwater neutrino telescope, to be installed in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The R&D and mass production phases of the detection elements of the telescope, the optical modules, were entirely performed in the INFN-LNS site in the harbour of Catania. In November 2014 a first tower of 14 storeys equipped with 84 optical modules was successfully deployed in the Mediterranean Sea site. The design of the optical modules and their main components are described in this paper.

  16. Challenges in Polybinary Modulation for Bandwidth Limited Optical Links

    Vegas Olmos, Juan José; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso; Madsen, Peter;

    2016-01-01

    of partial response modulation, employs simple codification and filtering at the transmitter to drastically increase the spectral efficiency. At the receiver side, polybinary modulation requires low complexity direct detection and very little digital signal processing. This paper provides an overview...

  17. Simultaneous optical carrier and radio frequency re-modulation in radio-over-fiber systems employing reflective SOA modulators

    Kassar, Carvalho; Calabretta, Nicola; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate an innovative full-duplex radio-over-fibre transmission system employing a reflective SOA to perform simultaneous reusing of the optical carrier and data re-modulation, thus avoiding the use of local radiofrequency oscillator at the station sites.......We demonstrate an innovative full-duplex radio-over-fibre transmission system employing a reflective SOA to perform simultaneous reusing of the optical carrier and data re-modulation, thus avoiding the use of local radiofrequency oscillator at the station sites....

  18. Optimization of coherent optical OFDM transmitter using DP-IQ modulator with nonlinear response

    Chang, Sun Hyok; Kang, Hun-Sik; Moon, Sang-Rok; Lee, Joon Ki

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we investigate the performance of dual polarization orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (DP-OFDM) signal generation when the signal is generated by a DP-IQ optical modulator. The DP-IQ optical modulator is made of four parallel Mach-Zehnder modulators (MZMs) which have nonlinear responses and limited extinction ratios. We analyze the effects of the MZM in the DP-OFDM signal generation by numerical simulation. The operating conditions of the DP-IQ modulator are optimized to have the best performance of the DP-OFDM signal.

  19. Photonic crystal slow light Mach–Zehnder interferometer modulator for optical interconnects

    Optical interconnects have been considered essential technology which can directly address the problems of electrical interconnects concerning low bandwidth, high latencies and high power consumption. A novel Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator based on a lithium niobate photonic crystal waveguide is proposed. For an optimized design of photonic crystal structure with low group velocity dispersion and low transmission loss, we realize an optimized modulator with a length of only 42.6 µm, a small driver voltage 1.25 V and a high modulation bandwidth up to 100 GHz. The demonstrated MZI modulators can be used as guidance in future all-optical interconnections

  20. Applied photometry, radiometry, and measurements of optical losses

    Bukshtab, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Applied Photometry, Radiometry, and Measurements of Optical Losses reviews and analyzes physical concepts of radiation transfer, providing quantitative foundation for the means of measurements of optical losses, which affect propagation and distribution of light waves in various media and in diverse optical systems and components. The comprehensive analysis of advanced methodologies for low-loss detection is outlined in comparison with the classic photometric and radiometric observations, having a broad range of techniques examined and summarized: from interferometric and calorimetric, resonator and polarization, phase-shift and ring-down decay, wavelength and frequency modulation to pulse separation and resonant, acousto-optic and emissive - subsequently compared to direct and balancing methods for studying free-space and polarization optics, fibers and waveguides. The material is focused on applying optical methods and procedures for evaluation of transparent, reflecting, scattering, absorbing, and aggregat...

  1. Integrated optical frequency shifter in silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) technology.

    Lauermann, M; Weimann, C; Knopf, A; Heni, W; Palmer, R; Koeber, S; Elder, D L; Bogaerts, W; Leuthold, J; Dalton, L R; Rembe, C; Freude, W; Koos, C

    2016-05-30

    We demonstrate for the first time a waveguide-based frequency shifter on the silicon photonic platform using single-sideband modulation. The device is based on silicon-organic hybrid (SOH) electro-optic modulators, which combine conventional silicon-on-insulator waveguides with highly efficient electro-optic cladding materials. Using small-signal modulation, we demonstrate frequency shifts of up to 10 GHz. We further show large-signal modulation with optimized waveforms, enabling a conversion efficiency of -5.8 dB while suppressing spurious side-modes by more than 23 dB. In contrast to conventional acousto-optic frequency shifters, our devices lend themselves to large-scale integration on silicon substrates, while enabling frequency shifts that are several orders of magnitude larger than those demonstrated with all-silicon serrodyne devices. PMID:27410095

  2. Optical transceiver module for star networks in cars

    Kibler, Thomas; Pregitzer, Kimberly; Rief, Christian; Zeeb, Eberhard; Kaiser, Oliver S.; Neyer, Andreas

    2003-04-01

    Here we present an optical transceiver concept for a reflective star bus system, showing favorable properties in respect to coupling efficiency and packaging. It is based on a hot embossed polymer substrate with two integrated micro-mirrors and a waveguide. On top of the substrate, above the mirrors, a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diode (VCSEL) and a photodiode chip are mounted with a flip-chip technique. At the end face of the waveguide a Polymer Clad Silica (PCS) fiber with a core diameter of 200 μm is attached in a groove. Thus an easy assembly of the individual components and a compact package is achieved. To evaluate and optimize the efficiency of the transceiver module we performed extended ray tracing calculations. Included are coupling efficiency between fiber and planar waveguide as well as coupling efficiencies between VCSEL and waveguide and between waveguide and photodiode, respectively. For a realistic estimation we took the transverse mode emission behavior of VCSELs at different supply currents and temperatures into account. Therefore we measured far-fields of VCSEL chips mounted on a heat sink for temperatures up to 85 °C and included the results in the simulations. The calculations indicate that the temperature dependant output power of the VCSEL is partly compensated by the variation in coupling efficiency. Measured VCSEL to fiber coupling efficiencies of about 60 % and out-coupling efficiencies to the photodiode of 70 % are achieved, in good agreement with calculations. Therefore our compact and low-cost concept shows at least 2 dB lower insertion losses compared to conventional 3 dB coupler solutions.

  3. Lens designs by ray tracing analyses for high-performance reflection optical modules

    Three kinds of novel optical modules are designed for high-efficiency light concentration. Each optical module consists of three components, namely a reflector, a second optical element (SOE) with a different parabolic profile and a concentrating lens. A concentrating lens with various profile designs is installed at the open end of the reflector to improve the uniformity of ray irradiances collected at the solar cell chip. An effective process for finding the optimum design for the geometries of these optical modules is presented to obtain good uniformity in ray irradiance distribution and high optical performance. The results of ray tracing simulations indicate that the optimum design is achieved based on the principle or the compromise of having the lowest value of the highest peak of ray irradiances and the highest optical performance. The optical module designed without a concentrating lens has a relatively high peak at the center of the circular irradiance distribution. The use of a Fresnel lens can impede the high peak effectively and achieve very good optical performance. Modules with spherical and aspherical concentrating lenses have irradiance peaks that are much higher than that of the Fresnel lens although their performance is negligibly higher than that of the Fresnel lens

  4. Integrated High-Speed Digital Optical True-Time-Delay Modules for Synthetic Aperture Radars Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Crystal Research, Inc. proposes an integrated high-speed digital optical true-time-delay module for advanced synthetic aperture radars. The unique feature of this...

  5. Photonic generation of UWB monocycle using a cascaded semiconductor optical amplifier and electroabsorption modulator

    Zhou, Enbo; Zhang, Xinliang; Yu, Xianbin; Dong, Jianji; Xue, Weiqi; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    2009-01-01

    Photonic generation of ultrawideband monocycle pulses is experimentally demonstrated by using a cascaded semiconductor optical amplifier and electroabsorption modulator. The polarity and the shape of the ultrawideband monocycle pulses can be electrically controlled and optimized....

  6. Optical transmission modules for multi-channel superconducting quantum interference device readouts

    We developed an optical transmission module consisting of 16-channel analog-to-digital converter (ADC), digital-noise filter, and one-line serial transmitter, which transferred Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) readout data to a computer by a single optical cable. A 16-channel ADC sent out SQUID readouts data with 32-bit serial data of 8-bit channel and 24-bit voltage data at a sample rate of 1.5 kSample/s. A digital-noise filter suppressed digital noises generated by digital clocks to obtain SQUID modulation as large as possible. One-line serial transmitter reformed 32-bit serial data to the modulated data that contained data and clock, and sent them through a single optical cable. When the optical transmission modules were applied to 152-channel SQUID magnetoencephalography system, this system maintained a field noise level of 3 fT/√Hz @ 100 Hz

  7. High Power Electro-Optic Modulator for Space-Based Applications Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ADVR, Inc. proposes the development of a fiber coupled, high power, electro-optically controlled, space qualified, phase modulator for the NASA Laser Interferometer...

  8. Time evolution of an electro-optic modulator by detection of its nonlinear behavior

    Bui, Dang Thanh; Nguyen, Lam Duy; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle; Journet, Bernard

    2010-02-01

    The stability of an electro-optic modulator has been significantly improved by implementing an original temperature control system. In particular, the evolution of the modulator characteristics can be followed through its nonlinear behavior by detecting the second harmonic of a low-frequency modulation signal; the evolution can be investigated with a higher accuracy by measuring also the phase-shift of this harmonic signal. Two digital boards have been developed with PSOC microcontrollers. The first one is associated with a small power amplifier for the temperature control; the second board is used to analyze the behavior of the electro-optic modulator. By thermal control of the modulator it is possible to reduce significantly the drift of its optical bias point.

  9. Brillouin suppression in a fiber optical parametric amplifier by combining temperature distribution and phase modulation

    Lorenzen, Michael Rodas; Noordegraaf, Danny; Nielsen, Carsten Vandel;

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate an increased gain in optical parametric amplier through suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering by applying a temperature distribution along the fiber resulting in a reduction of the required phase modulation.......We demonstrate an increased gain in optical parametric amplier through suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering by applying a temperature distribution along the fiber resulting in a reduction of the required phase modulation....

  10. A continuously tunable modulation scheme for precision control of optical cavities with variable detuning

    Yam, William; Ackley, Sarah; Evans, Matthew; Mavalvala, Nergis

    2015-01-01

    We present a scheme for locking optical cavities with arbitrary detuning many line widths from resonance using an electro-optic modulator that can provide arbitrary ratios of amplitude to phase modulation. We demonstrate our scheme on a Fabry-Perot cavity, and show that a well-behaved linear error signal can be obtained by demodulating the reflected light from a cavity that is detuned by several line widths.

  11. Microwave photonic true time delay based on cross gain modulation in semiconductor optical amplifiers

    Xue, Weiqi; Mørk, Jesper

    We experimentally demonstrate microwave time delays in a semiconductor optical amplifier by cross gain modulation. In the counter-propagation configuration, ~10.5ps tunable true time delay over a microwave bandwidth of several tens of GHz is obtained.......We experimentally demonstrate microwave time delays in a semiconductor optical amplifier by cross gain modulation. In the counter-propagation configuration, ~10.5ps tunable true time delay over a microwave bandwidth of several tens of GHz is obtained....

  12. Electroabsorption modulators used for all-optical signal processing and labelling

    Xu, Lin; Jeppesen, Palle; Mørk, Jesper

    2004-01-01

    This thesis concerns the applications of semiconductor components, primarily electroabsorption modulators (EAMs), in optical signal processing and labelling for future all optical communication networks. An introduction to electroabsorption modulators is given and several mechanisms that form the basis of electroabsorption are briefly discussed including Franz Keldysh effect, Quantum-Confined Stark Effect (QCSE) and Quantum-Confined Franz-Keldysh effect. QCSE is found to be more effective for...

  13. Protein-based integrated optical switching and modulation

    Ormos, Pál; Fábián, László; Oroszi, László; Wolff, Elmar K.; Ramsden, Jeremy J.; Dér, András

    2002-05-01

    The static and dynamic response of optical waveguides coated with a thin protein film of bacteriorhodopsin was investigated. The size and kinetics of the light-induced refractive index changes of the adlayer were determined under different conditions of illumination. The results demonstrate the applicability of this protein as an active, programmable nonlinear optical material in all-optical integrated circuits.

  14. Design and assembly of the optical modules for phase-2 of the NEMO project

    The NEMO collaboration team has undertaken a Phase-2 project, which aims at the realization and installation of a new infrastructure at the Capo Passero (Italy) deep-sea site at a depth of 3500 m. With this objective in mind, a fully equipped tower with 8-storey hosting two optical modules at each end is under construction. Following a well established procedure, 32 optical modules have been assembled. The optical module consists of a large area photomultiplier tube enclosed in a pressure resistant glass sphere with a diameter of 13 in. The photomultiplier is a R7081 type, produced by Hamamatsu, with a photocathode area with a diameter of 10 in. and 10 dynodes. Mechanical and optical contacts between the front of the photomultiplier tube and the glass surface are ensured by an optical bi-component silicone gel. A mu-metal cage is used to shield the photomultiplier against the influence of the Earth's magnetic field

  15. Analysis and Improvement of Reflection-type Transverse Modulation Optical Voltage Sensors

    LUO Sunan; YE Miaoyuan; XU Yan; CUI Ying

    2001-01-01

    Reflection-type transverse modulation optical voltage sensors, which employ reflection retarders to replace quarter-wave plates, are convenient for practical use. In previous literatures, the measured voltage was all applied to Bi4Ge3O12 crystal along the (110) direction for transverse modulation optical voltage sensor, and crystals are used as sensing materials. In this paper, reflection-type transverse modulation optical voltage sensor has been analyzed theoretically and a novel configuration in which the measured voltage is applied to a Bi4C-e3O12 crystal along the (001) direction with light wave passing through the crystal in the (110) direction has been proposed. According to this theoretical analysis, a novel optical voltage sensor, which can be used in a 220 kV optical fiber voltage transformer, has been designed and assembled. Experimental results showed that the linearity and the stability of the sensor during 24 hours can reach 0.3%.

  16. Modeling of multilayer electrode performance in transverse electro-optic modulators

    Minmin Zhu

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available For some electro-optic (EO modulators, lowering the driving voltage is necessary to reduce the power consumption of the modulators. There are four significant factors influencing the driving voltage of the EO modulators: geometrical parameters of wafer and electrodes, surface and embedded electrodes, material properties of wafer, and structure of modulators. Using the superposition method and surface charge technique, the electric fields, halfwave voltages, switching times and optical transmissions of EO modulators with two-layer, three-layer, and four-layer electrodes are calculated, respectively. It is found that the halfwave voltage decreases while the switching time increase slightly as the number of layers increases. Such study demonstrates that using multilayer electrodes is an effective technique of lowering the halfwave voltage, which may have implication of EO modulator design.

  17. Optically tuned terahertz modulator based on annealed multilayer MoS2

    Cao, Yapeng; Gan, Sheng; Geng, Zhaoxin; Liu, Jian; Yang, Yuping; Bao, Qiaoling; Chen, Hongda

    2016-03-01

    Controlling the propagation properties of terahertz waves is very important in terahertz technologies applied in high-speed communication. Therefore a new-type optically tuned terahertz modulator based on multilayer-MoS2 and silicon is experimentally demonstrated. The terahertz transmission could be significantly modulated by changing the power of the pumping laser. With an annealing treatment as a p-doping method, MoS2 on silicon demonstrates a triple enhancement of terahertz modulation depth compared with the bare silicon. This MoS2-based device even exhibited much higher modulation efficiency than the graphene-based device. We also analyzed the mechanism of the modulation enhancement originated from annealed MoS2, and found that it is different from that of graphene-based device. The unique optical modulating properties of the device exhibit tremendous promise for applications in terahertz switch.

  18. Electro-Optic Modulator Based on Organic Planar Waveguide Integrated with Prism Coupler

    Sarkisov, Sergey S.

    2002-01-01

    The objectives of the project, as they were formulated in the proposal, are the following: (1) Design and development of novel electro-optic modulator using single crystalline film of highly efficient electro-optic organic material integrated with prism coupler; (2) Experimental characterization of the figures-of-merit of the modulator. It is expected to perform with an extinction ratio of 10 dB at a driving signal of 5 V; (3) Conclusions on feasibility of the modulator as an element of data communication systems of future generations. The accomplishments of the project are the following: (1) The design of the electro-optic modulator based on a single crystalline film of organic material NPP has been explored; (2) The evaluation of the figures-of-merit of the electro-optic modulator has been performed; (3) Based on the results of characterization of the figures-of-merit, the conclusion was made that the modulator based on a thin film of NPP is feasible and has a great potential of being used in optic communication with a modulation bandwidth of up to 100 GHz and a driving voltage of the order of 3 to 5 V.

  19. Amplitude and phase modulated 8-ary and 16-ary multilevel signaling technologies for high-speed optical fiber communication

    Kikuchi, Nobuhiko

    2005-11-01

    The optical multilevel modulation is one of the attractive candidates to significantly increase the channel bit rate and total capacity of future optical fiber communications. We review various multilevel modulation schemes proposed to date, including our experimental results of the 8-level and 16-level APSK modulation/demodulation schemes at 10 Gsymbol/s. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages, and future issues of the optical multilevel modulation schemes.

  20. Electrooptical modulators and filters for fiber optic systems based on microring resonators

    Klyuchnik N. T.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The results of investigation in design of high speed modulators based on planar microring resonators were made. The design and features of microresonator structures in optical modulators and Mach–Zehnder interferometers were considered. The possibilities of the use of microresonators as wavelength selectors, switch channels, multiplexers/demultiplexers, switches and routers are shown.

  1. Distribution of DVB-C Channels over an Externally Modulated Optical Link

    Andrade, Paulo; Lima, Mário; Teixeira, António

    2012-03-01

    In this paper, we will study, via simulation, the transmission of DVB-C channels over an external modulated optical link using a Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM). We will also observe the consequences of biasing the MZM near its transmission minimum point, which allows higher carrier to noise ratio at the transmitter, but increases second-order distortion at the receiver.

  2. Optical effects module. [housing instruments used to measure degradation of optical samples from contamination during orbital operations

    1978-01-01

    The possible degradation of optical samples exposed to the effluent gases and particulate matter emanating from the payload of the space transportation system during orbital operations may be determined by measuring two optical parameters for five samples exposed to this environment, namely transmittance and diffuse reflectance. Any changes detected in these parameters as a function of time during the mission are then attributable to surface contamination or to increased material absorption. These basic functions are attained in the optical effects module by virtue of the following subsystems which are described: module enclosure; light source with collimator and modulator; sample wheel with holders and rotary drive; photomultipliers for radiation detection; processing and sequencing electronic circuitry; and power conditioning interfaces. The functions of these subsystems are reviewed and specified.

  3. Silicon electro-optic modulator with high-permittivity gate dielectric layer

    Mengxia Zhu; Zhiping Zhou; Dingshan Gao

    2009-01-01

    A high-permittivity (high-k) material is applied as the gate dielectric layer in a silicon metal-oxidesemiconductor (MOS) capacitor to form a special electro-optic (EO) modulator.Both induced charge density and modulation efficiency in the proposed modulator are improved due to the special structure design and the application of the high-k material.The device has an ultra-compact dimension of 691 μm in length.

  4. A control unit for a laser module of optoelectronic computing environment with dynamic architecture

    Lipinskii A. Y.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the developed control unit of laser modules of optoelectronic acousto-optic computing environment. The unit is based on ARM micro¬con¬troller of Cortex M3 family, and allows alternating between recording (erase and reading modes in accordance with a predetermined algorithm and settings — exposure time and intensity. The principal electric circuit of the presented device, the block diagram of microcontroller algorithm, and the example application of the developed control unit in the layout of the experimental setup are provided.

  5. Demonstration of all-optical beam steering in modulated photonic lattices

    Rosberg, Christian R.; Garanovich, Ivan L.; Sukhorukov, Andrey A.; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Krolikowski, Wieslaw; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2005-01-01

    We demonstrate experimentally all-optical beam steering in modulated photonic lattices induced optically by three beam interference in a biased photorefractive crystal. We identify and characterize the key physical parameters governing the beam steering, and show that the spatial resolution can be enhanced by the additional effect of nonlinear beam self-localization.

  6. High-Power, High-Speed Electro-Optic Pockels Cell Modulator

    Hawthorne, Justin; Battle, Philip

    2013-01-01

    Electro-optic modulators rely on a change in the index of refraction for the optical wave as a function of an applied voltage. The corresponding change in index acts to delay the wavefront in the waveguide. The goal of this work was to develop a high-speed, high-power waveguide- based modulator (phase and amplitude) and investigate its use as a pulse slicer. The key innovation in this effort is the use of potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) waveguides, making the highpower, polarization-based waveguide amplitude modulator possible. Furthermore, because it is fabricated in KTP, the waveguide component will withstand high optical power and have a significantly higher RF modulation figure of merit (FOM) relative to lithium niobate. KTP waveguides support high-power TE and TM modes - a necessary requirement for polarization-based modulation as with a Pockels cell. High-power fiber laser development has greatly outpaced fiber-based modulators in terms of its maturity and specifications. The demand for high-performance nonlinear optical (NLO) devices in terms of power handling, efficiency, bandwidth, and useful wavelength range has driven the development of bulk NLO options, which are limited in their bandwidth, as well as waveguide based LN modulators, which are limited by their low optical damage threshold. Today, commercially available lithium niobate (LN) modulators are used for laser formatting; however, because of photorefractive damage that can reduce transmission and increase requirements on bias control, LN modulators cannot be used with powers over several mW, dependent on wavelength. The high-power, high-speed modulators proposed for development under this effort will enable advancements in several exciting fields including lidarbased remote sensing, atomic interferometry, free-space laser communications, and others.

  7. Tunable all-optical single-bandpass photonic microwave filter based on spectrally sliced broad optical source and phase modulation.

    Chen, Ming; Pan, Wei; Zou, Xihua; Luo, Bin; Yan, Lianshan; Liu, Xinkai

    2013-01-10

    A tunable all-optical single-bandpass photonic microwave filter (PMF) based on spectrally sliced broadband optical source and phase modulation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A broadband optical source and a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) are used to generate continuous optical spectral samples, which are employed to form a finite impulse response filter with a single-bandpass response with the help of a single-mode fiber. A phase modulator is then adopted to eliminate the baseband components in the filtering response. The center frequency of the PMF can be tuned by changing the free spectral range of the MZI. An experiment is performed, and the results demonstrate that the proposed PMF has a single-bandpass without baseband components and a tuning range of 5-15 GHz. PMID:23314649

  8. Broadband energy-efficient optical modulation by hybrid integration of silicon nanophotonics and organic electro-optic polymer

    Zhang, Xingyu; Subbaraman, Harish; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K -Y; Chung, Chi-jui; Yan, Hai; Pan, Zeyu; Nelson, Robert L; Chen, Ray T

    2015-01-01

    Silicon-organic hybrid integrated devices have emerging applications ranging from high-speed optical interconnects to photonic electromagnetic-field sensors. Silicon slot photonic crystal waveguides (PCWs) filled with electro-optic (EO) polymers combine the slow-light effect in PCWs with the high polarizability of EO polymers, which promises the realization of high-performance optical modulators. In this paper, a broadband, power-efficient, low-dispersion, and compact optical modulator based on an EO polymer filled silicon slot PCW is presented. A small voltage-length product of V{\\pi}*L=0.282Vmm is achieved, corresponding to an unprecedented record-high effective in-device EO coefficient (r33) of 1230pm/V. Assisted by a backside gate voltage, the modulation response up to 50GHz is observed, with a 3-dB bandwidth of 15GHz, and the estimated energy consumption is 94.4fJ/bit at 10Gbit/s. Furthermore, lattice-shifted PCWs are utilized to enhance the optical bandwidth by a factor of ~10X over other modulators bas...

  9. Monolithically integrated quantum dot optical gain modulator with semiconductor optical amplifier for 10-Gb/s photonic transmission

    Yamamoto, Naokatsu; Akahane, Kouichi; Umezawa, Toshimasa; Kawanishi, Tetsuya

    2015-03-01

    Short-range interconnection and/or data center networks require high capacity and a large number of channels in order to support numerous connections. Solutions employed to meet these requirements involve the use of alternative wavebands to increase the usable optical frequency range. We recently proposed the use of the T- and O-bands (Thousand band: 1000-1260 nm, Original band: 1260-1360 nm) as alternative wavebands because large optical frequency resources (>60 THz) can be easily employed. In addition, a simple and compact Gb/s-order high-speed optical modulator is a critical photonic device for short-range communications. Therefore, to develop an optical modulator that acts as a highfunctional photonic device, we focused on the use of self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) as a three-dimensional (3D) confined structure because QD structures are highly suitable for realizing broadband optical gain media in the T+O bands. In this study, we use the high-quality broadband QD optical gain to develop a monolithically integrated QD optical gain modulator (QD-OGM) device that has a semiconductor optical amplifier (QD-SOA) for Gb/s-order highspeed optical data generation in the 1.3-μm waveband. The insertion loss of the device can be compensated through the SOA, and we obtained an optical gain change of up to ~7 dB in the OGM section. Further, we successfully demonstrate a 10-Gb/s clear eye opening using the QD-OGM/SOA device with a clock-data recovery sequence at the receiver end. These results suggest that the monolithic QD-EOM/SOA is suitable for increasing the number of wavelength channels for smart short-range communications.

  10. A simple model of suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fiber with frequency-modulated laser

    A simple model is developed to study the mechanism of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) suppression with frequency-modulated laser in optical fiber. By taking into account the laser frequency distribution along the fiber induced by frequency modulation, the average effective Brillouin gain is calculated to determine the SBS threshold. Experimental results show agreement with the numerical analysis. The application for SBS suppression in interferometric fiber sensing system is also discussed in this paper. The results show that the maximum input power can be increased effectively by frequency modulation method. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  11. Thin silicon based films on glass analyzed by laser modulated optical reflectance

    Amorphous and microcrystalline Si-based films deposited by magnetron sputtering on glass have been characterized with respect to their electronic and thermal properties by the laser-modulated optical reflectance method. Using a modulated pump beam (Ar+ laser) with photon energies above the band gap, charge carrier waves and thermal waves are simultaneously excited in the semi-conducting film. The non-contact laser modulated optical reflectance method gives direct information on the electronic properties and can thus be used to study and optimize the growth conditions of semiconductor films. (Authors)

  12. One-dimensional modulational instability of broad optical beams in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive crystals

    Zhan Kaiyun, E-mail: zhankaiyun@yahoo.com.c [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)] [College of Physics Science and Technology, China University of Petroleum, Dongying 257061 (China); Hou Chunfeng [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2009-12-28

    We study the one-dimensional modulational instability of broad optical beams in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive crystals under steady-state conditions. The one-dimensional modulational instability growth rates are obtained by globally and locally treating the space-charge field, which depend on the external bias field and the ratio of the intensity of optical beam to that of the dark irradiance. Our analysis indicates that the modulational instability growth rate in local effects can be determined from that in nonlocal effects.

  13. One-dimensional modulational instability of broad optical beams in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive crystals

    We study the one-dimensional modulational instability of broad optical beams in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive crystals under steady-state conditions. The one-dimensional modulational instability growth rates are obtained by globally and locally treating the space-charge field, which depend on the external bias field and the ratio of the intensity of optical beam to that of the dark irradiance. Our analysis indicates that the modulational instability growth rate in local effects can be determined from that in nonlocal effects.

  14. Modulated-splitting-ratio fiber-optic temperature sensor

    Beheim, Glenn; Anthan, Donald J.; Rys, John R.; Fritsch, Klaus; Ruppe, Walter A.

    1988-01-01

    A fiber-optic temperature sensor is described, which uses a small silicon beamsplitter whose splitting ratio varies as a function of temperature. A four-beam technique is used to measure the sensor's temperature-indicating splitting ratio. This referencing method provides a measurement that is largely independent of the transmission properties of the sensor's optical fiber link. A significant advantage of this sensor, relative to other fiber-optic sensors, is its high stability, which permits the fiber-optic components to be readily substituted, thereby simplifying the sensor's installation and maintenance.

  15. N over N cascode push pull modulator driver in 130nm CMOS enabling 20Gb/s optical interconnection with Mach-Zehnder modulator

    Liu, Shenghao; Thomson, D.; Li, K.E.; Wilson, Peter; Reed, Graham

    2015-01-01

    The N over N cascode push-pull modulator driver is demonstrated at 20Gbit/s with IBM 130nm technology. Elec-optical measurement of modulator driver integrated with Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) is also presented. This modulator driver achieves 50 output impedance matching (for MZM) with on-chip termination. The power consumption of modulator driver is 312 mW and output swing is 3.4V pp on differential.

  16. Electro-optic modulation in hybrid solgel doped with Disperse Red chromophore

    Lu, Dong; Zhang, Hongxi; Fallahi, Mahmoud

    2005-02-01

    An electro-optically active hybrid solgel doped with Disperse Red 13 has been developed by use of a simple solvent-assisted method. It permits a high loading concentration and has low optical loss at 1550 nm. A channel waveguide amplitude modulator has been fabricated by use of active and passive hybrid solgel materials. The device shows an electro-optic coefficient of 14 pm/V at 1550 nm and stable operation.

  17. Optical design of MOEMS-based micro-mechatronic modules for applications in spectroscopy

    Tortschanoff, A.; Kremer, M.; Sandner, T.; Kenda, A.

    2014-05-01

    One of the important challenges for widespread application of MOEMS devices is to provide a modular interface for easy handling and accurate driving of the MOEMS elements, in order to enable seamless integration in larger spectroscopic system solutions. In this contribution we present in much detail the optical design of MOEMS driver modules comprising optical position sensing together with driver electronics, which can actively control different electrostatically driven MOEMS. Furthermore we will present concepts for compact spectroscopic devices, based on different MOEMS scanner modules with lD and 2D optical elements.

  18. All-optical OFDM transmitter design using AWGRs and low-bandwidth modulators.

    Lowery, Arthur James; Du, Liang

    2011-08-15

    An Arrayed-Waveguide Grating Router (AWGR) can be used as a demultiplexer for an optical OFDM system, as it provides both the serial-to-parallel converter and the optical Fourier transform (FT) in one component. Because an inverse FT is topologically identical to a Fourier transform, the AWGR can also be used as a FT in an OFDM transmitter. In most all-optical OFDM systems the optical modulators are fed with CW tones; however, the subcarriers (SC) will only be perfectly orthogonal if the bandwidth of the data modulators is similar to the total bandwidth of all subcarriers. Using simulations, this paper investigates the reduction in modulator bandwidth that could be achieved if the modulators are placed before an AWGR designed as a FT. This arrangement also allows the complex (IQ) modulators to be replaced with simpler and more-compact phase modulators. We show that these design improvements enable 7.5-GHz bandwidth modulators to be used in a 4 × 10 Gsymbol/s (80 Gbit/s) per polarization per wavelength system. PMID:21934931

  19. All-optical OFDM transmitter design using AWGRs and low-bandwidth modulators

    Lowery, Arthur James; Du, Liang

    2011-08-01

    An Arrayed-Waveguide Grating Router (AWGR) can be used as a demultiplexer for an optical OFDM system, as it provides both the serial-to-parallel converter and the optical Fourier transform (FT) in one component. Because an inverse FT is topologically identical to a Fourier transform, the AWGR can also be used as a FT in an OFDM transmitter. In most all-optical OFDM systems the optical modulators are fed with CW tones; however, the subcarriers (SC) will only be perfectly orthogonal if the bandwidth of the data modulators is similar to the total bandwidth of all subcarriers. Using simulations, this paper investigates the reduction in modulator bandwidth that could be achieved if the modulators are placed before an AWGR designed as a FT. This arrangement also allows the complex (IQ) modulators to be replaced with simpler and more-compact phase modulators. We show that these design improvements enable 7.5-GHz bandwidth modulators to be used in a 4 - 10 Gsymbol/s (80 Gbit/s) per polarization per wavelength system.

  20. Silicon electro-optic modulator based on an ITO-integrated tunable directional coupler

    Indium-tin-oxide (ITO) has attracted great attention because of its electrically-induced epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) characteristics, which has allowed us to develop electro-absorption optical modulators. As an extended application of ITO in a silicon optical modulator, we propose a silicon electro-optic modulator based on an ITO-integrated tunable directional coupler. An ITO block placed at the center of the two-core silicon directional coupler plays a key role in attenuating the optical power of the guided modes. Strong confinement of the optical field at the ENZ layer of ITO with the nonzero imaginary part of ITO’s permittivity let the guiding light experience high absorption as it propagates along the directional coupler. Numerical simulations reveal that the highest modulation depth of 5 dB is achievable at the ENZ region of ITO at a 1.55 μm wavelength. We can modulate the optical signals on an entire C-band ranging from a 1.530 to 1.565 μm wavelength with an on/off extinction ratio of larger than 4.6 dB. (paper)

  1. Electrically tunable metasurface perfect absorbers for ultrathin mid-infrared optical modulators.

    Yao, Yu; Shankar, Raji; Kats, Mikhail A; Song, Yi; Kong, Jing; Loncar, Marko; Capasso, Federico

    2014-11-12

    Dynamically reconfigurable metasurfaces open up unprecedented opportunities in applications such as high capacity communications, dynamic beam shaping, hyperspectral imaging, and adaptive optics. The realization of high performance metasurface-based devices remains a great challenge due to very limited tuning ranges and modulation depths. Here we show that a widely tunable metasurface composed of optical antennas on graphene can be incorporated into a subwavelength-thick optical cavity to create an electrically tunable perfect absorber. By switching the absorber in and out of the critical coupling condition via the gate voltage applied on graphene, a modulation depth of up to 100% can be achieved. In particular, we demonstrated ultrathin (thickness < λ0/10) high speed (up to 20 GHz) optical modulators over a broad wavelength range (5-7 μm). The operating wavelength can be scaled from the near-infrared to the terahertz by simply tailoring the metasurface and cavity dimensions. PMID:25310847

  2. Optical-biased modulator employing a single silicon micro-ring resonator

    Yan, Siqi; Dong, Jianji; Zheng, Aoling; Yu, Yuan

    2016-06-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate an optical-biased modulator employing a single silicon micro-ring resonator. By adjusting optical bias, the micro-ring modulator is capable of generating several modulation formats, namely, on-off keying, binary phase shift keying and reversed on-off keying, at the speed of 0.4 Gbit/s with extinction ratio higher than 5 dB. Compared to the previous reported bias control approaches, the optical bias proposed in this study is a novel mechanism, which can be easily conducted without complicated integrated structures or redundant electrical devices. Meanwhile, optical bias can also effectively protect the vulnerable integrated silicon devices from possible damage induced by high direct current voltage.

  3. Ultrasound-modulated optical microscopy for ex-vivo imaging of scattering biological tissue

    Kothapalli, Sri-Rajasekhar; Wang, Lihong V.

    2009-02-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical microscopy (UOM) based on a long-cavity confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer (CFPI) [J.Biomed.Opt. 13(5), 0504046, (2008)] is used for real time detection of multiply scattered light modulated by high frequency (30 MHz) ultrasound pulses propagating in an optically strongly scattering medium. In this article, we use this microscope to study the dependence of ultrasound-modulated optical signals on the optical absorption of objects embedded about 3 mm deep in tissue mimicking phantoms. These results demonstrate that the dependence is nearly linear. Most importantly, we imaged blood vasculature and melanin in highly scattering tissue samples from a mouse and a rat. Thus UOM can be used to study the morphology of blood vasculature and blood-associated functional parameters, such as oxygen saturation.

  4. Comparison of Modulation Techniques for Underwater Optical Wireless Communication Employing APD Receivers

    Mazin Ali A. Ali

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we theoretically analyze the performance of an underwater optical wireless communications system using different modulation techniques and an avalanche photodiode APD receiver over underwater environment channels. Based on the LOS geometrical model and combined with signal to noise ratio model for Si and Ge APD and BER; then the impact of the distance of transmission and power of the transmitter and Jerlov water type are analyzed. The characteristics of bit error rate BER for different optical modulation techniques are studied. Simulation results indicate that the performance of H-QAM is more suited for an underwater optical wireless communication. On the other hand, the suitability of avalanche photodiodes under these modulation techniques is discussed, because the photodiode Si APD has more advantages compared with Ge APD when used in an underwater optical communication.

  5. Modulation instability of quasi-plane-wave optical beams in biased photorefractive- photovoltaic crystals

    Lu Ke-Qing; Zhao Wei; Yang Yan-Long; Zhu Xiang-Ping; Li Jin-Ping; Zhang Yan-Peng

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the modulation instability of quasi-plane-wave optical beams in biased photorefractive-photovoltaic crystals by globally treating the space-charge field. The modulation instability growth rate is obtained, which depends on the external bias field, on the bulk photovoltaic effect, and on the ratio of the optical beam's intensity to that of the dark irradiance. Our analysis indicates that this modulation instability growth rate is identical to the modulation instability growth rate studied previously in biased photorefractive-nonphotovoltaic crystals when the bulk photovoltaic effect is negligible for shorted circuits, and predicts the modulation instability growth rate in open- and closed-circuit photorefractive-photovoltaic crystals when the external bias field is absent.

  6. UWB doublet signal generation and modulation based on DFB laser under optical pulses injection

    Chen, Dalei; Wang, Rong; Xiang, Peng; Pu, Tao; Fang, Tao; Zhou, Hua; Zhao, Jiyong; Huang, Long; Zhu, Huatao; Wang, Peng

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a novel scheme to generate ultra-wideband (UWB) doublet signals based on the cross-gain modulation (XGM) effect in the DFB lasers is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, the modulation and transmission of the generated UWB doublet signals are also researched. In the proposed system, a gain-switched laser (GSL) is used as a master laser (ML) and the optical pulses from the ML are optically injected into two paralleled DFB lasers, which are used as slave lasers (SL). Then the outputs from the SLs are detected by a balanced photodiode (BPD) to generate the Bi-phased UWB signals. By properly setting the system parameters, UWB signals with various modulation formats such as on-off keying (OOK), pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) as well as the phase-shift keying (PSK) can be generated. In addition, fiber transmission of the modulated UWB signals is also experimentally investigated.

  7. 200Gb/s 10-channel miniature optical interconnect transmitter module for high-performance computing (HPC)

    Mohammed, Edris; Au, Hinmeng

    2010-02-01

    A major breakthrough to alleviating the interconnect bottleneck in intra cabinet system in HPC may happen by bringing optics directly to the processor package. In order to do so efficient and compact optical interconnect subassembly modules that utilize simple optical and electrical interfacing schemes are needed. In our current work the development of a novel 10-channel, miniature 7mm(W)x1.8mm(L)x3mm(H), optical interconnect transmitter subassembly module is described. The module consists of a high precision molded optical alignment unit with integrated microlens arrays, highspeed coplanar waveguide (CPW) electrical interfaces and a VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) array chip which is flip chip mounted. The module is designed to uniquely interface vertically with high-speed electrical I/O lines on a microprocessor style package or a motherboard to convert electrical signals to optical for transmission to other similar units using a standard (Multi-Terminal) MT style optical connector. We report on optical coupling efficiency, misalignment tolerance and high-speed electrical and optical measurements of the module. We have measured 40Gb/s electrical eye for the CPW interfaces on the module and 20Gb/s clear optical eyes for VCSEL assembled module from all the 10 channels to produce an aggregate transmitter bandwidth of 200Gb/s. We also measured 30Gb/s electrical and 20Gb/s optical eyes for the optical subassembly module that is bonded onto a microprocessor style package substrate.

  8. Reconfigurable optical quadrature amplitude modulation converter/encoder using a tunable complex coefficient optical tapped delay line.

    Khaleghi, Salman; Chitgarha, Mohammad Reza; Yilmaz, Omer F; Tur, Moshe; Haney, Michael W; Langrock, Carsten; Fejer, Martin M; Willner, Alan E

    2013-05-15

    We experimentally demonstrate a reconfigurable optical converter/encoder for quadrature amplitude modulated (QAM) signals. The system utilizes nonlinear wavelength multicasting, conversion-dispersion delays, and simultaneous nonlinear multiplexing and sampling. We show baud rate tunability (31 and 20 Gbaud) and reconfigurable conversions from lower-order QAM signals to higher-order QAM signals (e.g., 64-QAM). PMID:23938882

  9. A direct modulated optical link for MRI RF receive coil interconnection

    Yuan, Jing; Wei, Juan; Shen, G. X.

    2007-11-01

    Optical glass fiber is a promising alternative to traditional coaxial cables for MRI RF receive coil interconnection to avoid any crosstalk and electromagnetic interference between multiple channels. A direct modulated optical link is proposed for MRI coil interconnection in this paper. The link performances of power gain, frequency response and dynamic range are measured. Phantom and in vivo human head images have been demonstrated by the connection of this direct modulated optical link to a head coil on a 0.3 T MRI scanner for the first time. Comparable image qualities to coaxial cable link verify the feasibility of using the optical link for imaging with minor modification on the existing scanners. This optical link could also be easily extended for multi-channel array interconnections at high field of 1.5 T.

  10. Optical Intensity Modulation in an LiNbO3 Slab-Coupled Waveguide

    Yalin Lu

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical intensity modulation has been demonstrated through switching the optical beam between the main core waveguide and a closely attached leaky slab waveguide by applying a low-voltage electrical field. Theory for simulating such an LiNbO3 slab-coupled waveguide structure was suggested, and the result indicates the possibility of making the spatial guiding mode large, circular and symmetric, which further allows the potential to significantly reduce the coupling losses with adjacent lasers and optical networks. Optical intensity modulation using electro-optic effect was experimentally demonstrated in a 5 cm long waveguide fabricated by using a procedure of soft proton exchange and then an overgrowth of thin LN film on top of a c-cut LiNbO3 wafer.

  11. Self-referencing a continuous-wave laser with electro-optic modulation

    Beha, Katja; Del'Haye, Pascal; Coillet, Aurélien; Diddams, Scott A; Papp, Scott B

    2015-01-01

    We phase-coherently measure the frequency of continuous-wave (CW) laser light by use of optical-phase modulation and f-2f nonlinear interferometry. Periodic electro-optic modulation (EOM) transforms the CW laser into a continuous train of picosecond optical pulses. Subsequent nonlinear-fiber broadening of this EOM frequency comb produces a supercontinuum with 160 THz of bandwidth. A critical intermediate step is optical filtering of the EOM comb to reduce electronic-noise-induced decoherence of the supercontinuum. Applying f-2f self-referencing with the supercontinuum yields the carrier-envelope offset frequency of the EOM comb, which is precisely the difference of the CW laser frequency and an exact integer multiple of the EOM pulse repetition rate. Here we demonstrate absolute optical frequency metrology and synthesis applications of the self-referenced CW laser with <5E-14 fractional accuracy and stability.

  12. All-optical modulator based on a ferrofluid core metal cladding waveguide chip

    We propose a novel optical intensity modulator based on the combination of a symmetrical metal cladding optical waveguide (SMCW) and ferrofluid, where the ferrofluid is sealed in the waveguide to act as a guiding layer. The light matter interaction in the ferrofluid film leads to the formation of a regular nanoparticle pattern, which changes the phase match condition of the ultrahigh order modes in return. When two lasers are incident on the same spot of the waveguide chip, experiments illustrate all-optical modulation of one laser beam by adjusting the intensity of the other laser. A possible theoretical explanation may be due to the optical trapping and Soret effect since the phenomenon is considerable only when the control laser is effectively coupled into the waveguide. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  13. Soliton control in modulated optically-induced photonic lattices

    Garanovich, Ivan L.; Sukhorukov, Andrey A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2005-01-01

    We discuss soliton control in reconfigurable optically-induced photonic lattices created by three interfering beams. We reveal novel dynamical regimes for strongly localized solitons, including binary switching and soliton revivals through resonant wave mixing.

  14. Parallel plate structures for optical modulation and casimir force measurement

    Nawaz, Mubassira; Wiegerink, Remco J.; Theo S.J. Lammerink; Elwenspoek, Miko

    2009-01-01

    Integrated optical switches using mechano-optical sensing are gaining more attention in many fields due to their fast switching speed, large bandwidth and compact devices. In this paper, a micromachined electrostatically actuated metal plate to sense the evanescent field above the waveguide is presented. The feasibility of MEMS based light weight mechanical plates to achieve fast switching is evaluated. With decreasing distance between the suspended plate and the substrate it gets more diffic...

  15. Reconstruction of Optical Thickness from Hoffman Modulation Contrast Images

    Olsen, Niels Holm; Sporring, Jon; Nielsen, Mads; Hnida, Christina; Ziebe, Søren

    Hoffman microscopy imaging systems are part of numerous fertility clinics world-wide. We discuss the physics of the Hoffman imaging system from optical thickness to image intensity, implement a simple, yet fast, reconstruction algorithm using Fast Fourier Transformation and discuss the usability ...... the method on a number of cells from a human embryo. Novelty is identifying the non-linearity of a typical Hoffman imaging system, and the application of Fourier Transformation to reconstruct the optical thickness....

  16. Study on electroabsorption modulators and grating couplers for optical interconnects

    Tang, Yongbo

    2010-01-01

    Decades of efforts have pushed the replacement of electrical interconnects by optical links to the interconnects between computers, racks and circuit boards. It may be expected that optical solutions will further be used for inter-chip and intra-chip interconnects with potential benefits in bandwidth, capacity, delay, power consumption and crosstalk. Silicon integration is emerging to be the best candidate nowadays due to not only the dominant status of silicon in microelectronics but also th...

  17. Atomic-layer molybdenum sulfide optical modulator for visible coherent light.

    Zhang, Yuxia; Wang, Shuxian; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Chen, Yanxue; Mei, Liangmo; Di Lieto, Alberto; Tonelli, Mauro; Wang, Jiyang

    2015-01-01

    Coherent light sources in the visible range are playing important roles in our daily life and modern technology, since about 50% of the capability of the our human brains is devoted to processing visual information. Visible lasers can be achieved by nonlinear optical process of infrared lasers and direct lasing of gain materials, and the latter has advantages in the aspects of compactness, efficiency, simplicity, etc. However, due to lack of visible optical modulators, the directly generated visible lasers with only a gain material are constrained in continuous-wave operation. Here, we demonstrated the fabrication of a visible optical modulator and pulsed visible lasers based on atomic-layer molybdenum sulfide (MoS2), a ultrathin two-dimensional material with about 9-10 layers. By employing the nonlinear absorption of the modulator, the pulsed orange, red and deep red lasers were directly generated. Besides, the present atomic-layer MoS2 optical modulator has broadband modulating properties and advantages in the simple preparation process. The present results experimentally verify the theoretical prediction for the low-dimensional optoelectronic modulating devices in the visible wavelength region and may open an attractive avenue for removing a stumbling block for the further development of pulsed visible lasers. PMID:26067821

  18. Graphene electro-optic modulator with 30 GHz bandwidth

    Phare, Christopher T.; Daniel Lee, Yoon-Ho; Cardenas, Jaime; Lipson, Michal

    2015-08-01

    Graphene has generated exceptional interest as an optoelectronic material because its high carrier mobility and broadband absorption promise to make extremely fast and broadband electro-optic devices possible. Electro-optic graphene modulators previously reported, however, have been limited in bandwidth to a few gigahertz because of the large capacitance required to achieve reasonable voltage swings. Here, we demonstrate a graphene electro-optic modulator based on resonator loss modulation at critical coupling that shows drastically increased speed and efficiency. Our device operates with a 30 GHz bandwidth and with a state-of-the-art modulation efficiency of 15 dB per 10 V. We also show the first high-speed large-signal operation in a graphene modulator, paving the way for fast digital communications using this platform. The modulator uniquely uses silicon nitride waveguides, an otherwise completely passive material platform, with promising applications for ultra-low-loss broadband structures and nonlinear optics.

  19. Invited Article: Polarization diversity and modulation for high-speed optical communications: architectures and capacity

    Shieh, William; Khodakarami, Hamid; Che, Di

    2016-07-01

    Polarization is one of the fundamental properties of optical waves. To cope with the exponential growth of the Internet traffic, optical communications has advanced by leaps and bounds within the last decade. For the first time, the polarization domain has been extensively explored for high-speed optical communications. In this paper, we discuss the general principle of polarization modulation in both Jones and Stokes spaces. We show that there is no linear optical device capable of transforming an arbitrary input polarization into one that is orthogonal to itself. This excludes the receiver self-polarization diversity architecture by splitting the signal into two branches, and then transferring one of the branches into orthogonal polarization. We next propose a novel Stokes vector (SV) detection architecture using four single-ended photodiodes (PD) that can recover a full set of SV. We then derive a closed-form expression for the information capacity of different SV detection architectures and compare the capacity of our proposed architectures with that of intensity-modulated directly-detected (IM/DD) method. We next study the 3-PD SV detection architecture where a subset of SV is detected, and devise a novel modulation algorithm that can achieve 2-dimensional modulation with the 3-PD detection. By using cost-effective SV receivers, polarization modulation and multiplexing offers a powerful solution for short-reach optical networks where the wavelength domain is quickly exhausted.

  20. Techniques for Effective Optical Noise Rejection in Amplitude-Modulated Laser Optical Radars for Underwater Three-Dimensional Imaging

    R. Ricci

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Amplitude-modulated (AM laser imaging is a promising technology for the production of accurate three-dimensional (3D images of submerged scenes. The main challenge is that radiation scattered off water gives rise to a disturbing signal (optical noise that degrades more and more the quality of 3D images for increasing turbidity. In this paper, we summarize a series of theoretical findings, that provide valuable hints for the development of experimental methods enabling a partial rejection of optical noise in underwater imaging systems. In order to assess the effectiveness of these methods, which range from modulation/demodulation to polarimetry, we carried out a series of experiments by using the laboratory prototype of an AM 3D imager (λ = 405 nm for marine archaeology surveys, in course of realization at the ENEA Artificial Vision Laboratory (Frascati, Rome. The obtained results confirm the validity of the proposed methods for optical noise rejection.

  1. Techniques for Effective Optical Noise Rejection in Amplitude-Modulated Laser Optical Radars for Underwater Three-Dimensional Imaging

    Francucci M

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Amplitude-modulated (AM laser imaging is a promising technology for the production of accurate three-dimensional (3D images of submerged scenes. The main challenge is that radiation scattered off water gives rise to a disturbing signal (optical noise that degrades more and more the quality of 3D images for increasing turbidity. In this paper, we summarize a series of theoretical findings, that provide valuable hints for the development of experimental methods enabling a partial rejection of optical noise in underwater imaging systems. In order to assess the effectiveness of these methods, which range from modulation/demodulation to polarimetry, we carried out a series of experiments by using the laboratory prototype of an AM 3D imager ( = 405 nm for marine archaeology surveys, in course of realization at the ENEA Artificial Vision Laboratory (Frascati, Rome. The obtained results confirm the validity of the proposed methods for optical noise rejection.

  2. James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element/Integrated Science Instrument Module (OTIS) Status

    Voyton, Mark; Lander, Juli; Matthews, Gary; Feinberg, Lee; Keski-Kuha, Ritva

    2016-01-01

    The James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element (OTE) and Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) are integrated together to form the OTIS. Once integrated, the OTIS undergoes primary mirror center of curvature optical tests, electrical and operational tests, acoustics and vibration testing at the Goddard Space Flight Center before being shipped to the Johnson Space Center for cryogenic optical testing of the OTIS. In preparation for the cryogenic optical testing, the JWST project has built a Pathfinder telescope and has completed two Optical Ground System Equipment (OGSE) cryogenic optical tests with the Pathfinder. In this paper, we will summarize optical test results to date and status the final Pathfinder test and the OTIS integration and environmental test preparations

  3. Radio over fiber transceiver employing phase modulation of an optical broadband source.

    Grassi, Fulvio; Mora, José; Ortega, Beatriz; Capmany, José

    2010-10-11

    This paper proposes a low-cost RoF transceiver for multichannel SCM/WDM signal distribution suitable for future broadband access networks. The transceiver is based on the phase modulation of an optical broadband source centered at third transmission window. Prior to phase modulation the optical broadband source output signal is launched into a Mach-Zehnder interferometer structure, as key device enabling radio signals propagation over the optical link. Furthermore, an optical CWDM is employed to create a multichannel scenario by performing the spectral slicing of the modulated optical signal into a number of channels each one conveying the information from the central office to different base stations. The operation range is up to 20 GHz with a modulation bandwidth around of 500 MHz. Experimental results of the transmission of SCM QPSK and 64-QAM data through 20 Km of SMF exhibit good EVM results in the operative range determined by the phase-to-intensity conversion process. The proposed approach shows a great suitability for WDM networks based on RoF signal transport and also represents a cost-effective solution for passive optical networks. PMID:20941075

  4. Impact of modulator chirp in 100 Gbps class optical discrete multi-tone transmission system

    Nishihara, Masato; Tanaka, Toshiki; Takahara, Tomoo; Li, Lei; Tao, Zhenning; Rasmussen, Jens C.

    2012-12-01

    Discrete multi-tone (DMT) technology is an attractive modulation technique for short reach optical transmission system. One of the main factors that limit the performance of the 1.5-μm band DMT system is the interplay between the chromatic dispersion of the transmission fiber and the chirp characteristic of the transmitter. We experimentally measured and compared the chirp characteristics of various modulator configurations, which are lithium-niobate Mach-Zehnder modulator, directly modulated laser, and electro-absorption modulator, by the frequency discriminator method using MZ interferometer. We also measured and compared the transmission characteristics of the transmitters using above-mentioned modulators and discuss the suitable transmitter configuration for DMT technology.

  5. Integration of Optical Manipulation and Electrophysiological Tools to Modulate and Record Activity in Neural Networks

    Difato, F.; Schibalsky, L.; Benfenati, F.; Blau, A.

    2011-07-01

    We present an optical system that combines IR (1064 nm) holographic optical tweezers with a sub-nanosecond-pulsed UV (355 nm) laser microdissector for the optical manipulation of single neurons and entire networks both on transparent and non-transparent substrates in vitro. The phase-modulated laser beam can illuminate the sample concurrently or independently from above or below assuring compatibility with different types of microelectrode array and patch-clamp electrophysiology. By combining electrophysiological and optical tools, neural activity in response to localized stimuli or injury can be studied and quantified at sub-cellular, cellular, and network level.

  6. Dynamic photophoresis-based optical trapping using a spatial light modulator

    Porfirev, Aleksey P.; Skidanov, Roman V.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate optical trapping light-absorbing particles in the air employing photophoretic forces with optical tweezers generated by a spatial light modulator (SLM). SLM gives us the opportunity to form optical tweezers for multiple trapping in several planes. We investigate the possibility of using lenses with various focal lengths for trapping light-absorbing microparticles with the SLM. We used lenses with a large focal length and a large depth of focus. The results shown in this paper could be useful in various applications of optics and biology.

  7. Magneto-optic transmittance modulation observed in a hybrid graphene–split ring resonator terahertz metasurface

    By placing a material in close vicinity of a resonant optical element, its intrinsic optical response can be tuned, possibly to a wide extent. Here, we show that a graphene monolayer, spaced a few tenths of nanometers from a split ring resonator metasurface, exhibits a magneto-optical response which is strongly influenced by the presence of the metasurface itself. This hybrid system holds promises in view of thin optical modulators, polarization rotators, and nonreciprocal devices, in the technologically relevant terahertz spectral range. Moreover, it could be chosen as the playground for investigating the cavity electrodynamics of Dirac fermions in the quantum regime

  8. Magneto-optic transmittance modulation observed in a hybrid graphene–split ring resonator terahertz metasurface

    Zanotto, Simone; Pitanti, Alessandro [NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze–CNR and Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza San Silvestro 12, 56127 Pisa (Italy); Lange, Christoph; Maag, Thomas; Huber, Rupert [Department of Physics, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg (Germany); Miseikis, Vaidotas; Coletti, Camilla [CNI@NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, P.za S. Silvestro 12, 56127 Pisa (Italy); Degl' Innocenti, Riccardo [Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Baldacci, Lorenzo [Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Institute of Life Sciences, P.za Martiri della Libertà 33, 56127 Pisa (Italy); Tredicucci, Alessandro [NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR and Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Fermi,” Università di Pisa, L.go Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa (Italy)

    2015-09-21

    By placing a material in close vicinity of a resonant optical element, its intrinsic optical response can be tuned, possibly to a wide extent. Here, we show that a graphene monolayer, spaced a few tenths of nanometers from a split ring resonator metasurface, exhibits a magneto-optical response which is strongly influenced by the presence of the metasurface itself. This hybrid system holds promises in view of thin optical modulators, polarization rotators, and nonreciprocal devices, in the technologically relevant terahertz spectral range. Moreover, it could be chosen as the playground for investigating the cavity electrodynamics of Dirac fermions in the quantum regime.

  9. Fiber Optic Broadband Ultrasonic Probe for Virtual Biopsy: Technological Solutions

    Biagi, E.; Cerbai, S.; Masotti, L.; L. Belsito; A. RONCAGLIA; Masetti, G.; N. Speciale

    2010-01-01

    An ultrasonic probe was developed by using, in conjunction, optoacoustic and acousto-optic devices based on fiber optic technology. The intrinsic high frequency and wide bandwidth associated both to the opto-acoustic source and to the acousto-optic receiving element could open a way towards a “virtual biopsy” of biological tissue. A Micro-Opto-Mechanical-System (MOMS) approach is proposed to realize the broadband ultrasonic probe on micromachined silicon frames suited to be mounted on the tip...

  10. Two-tone intensity-modulated optical stimulus for self-referencing microwave characterization of high-speed photodetectors

    Wang, Heng; Zhang, Shangjian; Zou, Xinhai; Zhang, Yali; Lu, Rongguo; Zhang, Zhiyao; Zhang, Xiaoxia; Liu, Yong

    2016-08-01

    The two-tone intensity modulated optical stimulus is proposed and demonstrated for measuring the high-frequency response of photodetectors. The method provides a narrow linewidth and wide bandwidth optical stimulus based on the two-tone modulation of a Mach-Zehnder electro-optical intensity modulator, and achieves the self-referenced measurement of photodetectors without the need for correcting the power variation of optical stimulus. Moreover, the two-tone intensity modulation method allows bias-independent measurement with doubled measuring frequency range. In the experiment, the consistency between our method and the conventional methods verifies the simple but accurate measurement.

  11. Velocity matching of a GaAs electro-optic modulator.

    Haxha, Shyqyri; Rahman, B M Azizur; Obayya, Salah S A; Grattan, Kenneth T V

    2003-12-20

    New designs for the velocity matching of a deep-etched semiconductor electro-optic modulator are presented. A tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) coating is considered here for achieving velocity matching between the microwave and the optical signals. The effects of the velocity mismatch, the conductor loss, the dielectric loss, and the impedance mismatch are studied in relation to the optical bandwidth of a high-speed semiconductor modulator. It is shown that both the dielectric loss and the impedance matching play key roles for velocity-matched high-speed modulators with low conductor loss. The effects of Ta2O5 thickness on the overall bandwidth and on the half-wave voltage-length product VpiL are also reported. PMID:14717296

  12. The design of optical module of LED street lamp with non-axial symmetrical reflector

    Lu, Ming-Jun; Chen, Chi-An; Chen, Yi-Yung; Whang, Allen Jong-Woei

    2010-05-01

    In recently, many research focus on the LED applications for environmental protection so a number of LED street lamps are presented. Although LED has many advantages for environmental protection, its special optical characteristics, such as intensity distribution, always limit the advantages in many applications. Therefore, we always need to do the secondary optical design for LED street lamp to replace the traditional optical designs that are designed for high-pressure sodium lamps and mercury lamps. According to the situation, we design an optical module of LED street lamp with LEDs and secondary optical design. First, the LEDs are placed on freeform reflector for the specific illuminated conditions. We design the optical module of street lamp with the two conditions that include the uniformity and the ratio of length to width in the illuminated area and without any light pollution. According to the simulation with the designed optical module, the uniformity in the illuminated area is about 0.6 that is better than the general condition, 0.3, and the ratio of length to width in the illuminated area is 3:1 in which the length is 30 meters and the width is 10 meters. Therefore, the design could let LED street lamp fits the two conditions, uniformity and ratio in the illuminated area.

  13. Polymer-based Hybrid Integrated Photonic Devices for Silicon On-chip Modulation and Board-level Optical Interconnects

    Zhang, Xingyu; Lin, Xiaohui; Subbaraman, Harish; Chen, Ray T

    2014-01-01

    The accelerating increase in information traffic demands the expansion of optical access network systems that require cost reduction of optical and photonic components. Low cost, ease of fabrication, and integration capabilities of low optical-loss polymers make them attractive for photonic applications. In addition to passive wave-guiding components, electro-optic (EO) polymers consisting of a polymeric matrix doped with organic nonlinear chromophores have enabled wide-RF-bandwidth and low-power optical modulators. Beside board level passive and active optical components, compact on-chip modulators (a few 100 micronmeters to a few millimeters) have been made possible by hybrid integration of EO polymers onto the silicon platform. This paper summarizes some of the recent progress in polymer based optical modulators and interconnects. A highly linear, broadband directional coupler modulator for use in analog optical links and compact, and low-power silicon/polymer hybrid slot photonic crystal waveguide modulat...

  14. Short optical pulse generation at 40 GHz with a bulk electro-absorption modulator packaged device

    Langlois, Patrick; Moore, Ronald; Prosyk, Kelvin; O'Keefe, Sean; Oosterom, Jill A.; Betty, Ian; Foster, Robert; Greenspan, Jonathan; Singh, Priti

    2003-12-01

    Short optical pulse generation at 40GHz and 1540nm wavelength is achieved using fully packaged bulk quaternary electro-absorption modulator modules. Experimental results obtained with broadband and narrowband optimized packaged modules are presented and compared against empirical model predictions. Pulse duty cycle, extinction ratio and chirp are studied as a function of sinusoidal drive voltage and detuning between operating wavelength and modulator absorption band edge. Design rules and performance trade-offs are discussed. Low-chirp pulses with a FWHM of ~12ps and sub-4ps at a rate of 40GHz are demonstrated. Optical time-domain demultiplexing of a 40GHz to a 10GHz pulse train is also demonstrated with better than 20dB extinction ratio.

  15. Bending light via adiabatic optical transition in longitudinally modulated photonic lattices

    Han, Bin; Xu, Lei; Dou, Yiling; Xu, Jingjun; Zhang, Guoquan

    2015-10-01

    Bending light in a controllable way is desired in various applications such as beam steering, navigating and cloaking. Different from the conventional way to bend light by refractive index gradient, transformation optics or special beams through wavefront design such as Airy beams and surface plasmons, we proposed a mechanism to bend light via resonant adiabatic optical transition between Floquet-Bloch (FB) modes from different FB bands in longitudinally modulated photonic lattices. The band structure of longitudinally modulated photonic lattices was calculated by employing the concept of quasi-energy based on the Floquet-Bloch theory, showing the existence of band discontinuities at specific resonant points which cannot be revealed by the coupled-mode theory. Interestingly, different FB bands can be seamlessly connected at these resonant points in longitudinally modulated photonic lattices driven by adiabatically varying the longitudinal modulation period along the propagation direction, which stimulates the adiabatic FB mode transition between different FB bands.

  16. A novel optical labeling scheme using a FSK modulated DFB laser integrated with an EA modulator

    Zhang, Jianfeng; Chi, Nan; Holm-Nielsen, Pablo Villanueva;

    2003-01-01

    The feasibility of an optical FSK labeling scheme is demonstrated. An optical signal consisting of a 10 Gb/s payload and a 312 Mb/s label was generated, and its performance was evaluated in an 88 km transmission link....

  17. Modulation instability of broad optical beams in nonlinear media with general nonlinearity

    Hongcheng Wang; Weilong She

    2006-01-01

    @@ The modulation instability of quasi-plane-wave optical beams is investigated in the frame of generalized Schr(o)dinger equation with the nonlinear term of a general form. General expressions are derived for the dispersion relation, the critical transverse spatial frequency, as well as the instability growth rate.The analysis generalizes the known results reported previously. A detailed discussion on the modulation instability in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive media is also given.

  18. Diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses using MEMS-based X-ray optics

    Lopez, Daniel; Shenoy, Gopal; Wang, Jin; Walko, Donald A.; Jung, Il-Woong; Mukhopadhyay, Deepkishore

    2016-08-09

    A method and apparatus are provided for implementing Bragg-diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses using MicroElectroMechanical systems (MEMS) based diffractive optics. An oscillating crystalline MEMS device generates a controllable time-window for diffraction of the incident X-ray radiation. The Bragg-diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses includes isolating a particular pulse, spatially separating individual pulses, and spreading a single pulse from an X-ray pulse-train.

  19. All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration using an electroabsorption modulator

    Højfeldt, Sune; Bischoff, Svend; Mørk, Jesper

    2000-01-01

    All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration based on cross-absorption modulation in an InGaAsP quantum well electroabsorption modulator (EAM) is studied at different bit rates. We present theoretical results showing wavelength conversion efficiency in agreement with existing experimental results, and the signal regeneration capability of the device is investigated. In particular, we demonstrate the dependence of the extinction ratio of both the converted signal and the control s...

  20. Dynamics of matter solitons in weakly modulated optical lattices

    Kuzmiak, Vladimír; Brazhnyi, V. A.; Konotop, V.

    Piscataway: IEEE, 2004 - (Marciniak, M.), s. 161-166 ISBN 0-7803-8343-5. [ICTON 2004 /6./. Wroclaw (PL), 04.07.2004-08.07.2004] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC P11.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : Bose-Einstein condesation Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  1. Dynamics of matter solitons in weakly modulated optical lattices

    Brazhnyi, V. A.; Konotop, V.; Kuzmiak, Vladimír

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 70, č. 4 (2004), 0436041-0436046. ISSN 1050-2947 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC P11.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2067918 Keywords : Bose-Einstein condesation Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers Impact factor: 2.902, year: 2004

  2. Silicon rib waveguide electro-absorption optical modulator using transparent conductive oxide bilayer

    Ayata, Masafumi; Nakano, Yoshiaki; Tanemura, Takuo

    2016-04-01

    We propose a novel ultra compact electro-absorption optical modulator based on a silicon rib waveguide and numerically demonstrate its performance. The proposed design employs two types of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layers with different carrier densities to achieve both high modulation efficiency and low optical insertion loss. The thin TCO layer with high carrier density enables efficient modulation through the metal-oxide-semiconductor structure. On the other hand, the upper TCO layer with low carrier density allows low-resistance electrical contact for the top electrode without large optical loss. Using an indium tin oxide bilayer with optimized carrier densities, we numerically demonstrate a 4.3 dB extinction ratio and a 2.6 dB optical insertion loss with 1 µm device length. We estimate that the modulator operates under a low driving voltage of 1.3 V, exhibiting an ultra low energy consumption of 22.5 fJ/bit and a broad RC modulation bandwidth of over 40 GHz.

  3. Experimental demonstration of large capacity WSDM optical access network with multicore fibers and advanced modulation formats.

    Li, Borui; Feng, Zhenhua; Tang, Ming; Xu, Zhilin; Fu, Songnian; Wu, Qiong; Deng, Lei; Tong, Weijun; Liu, Shuang; Shum, Perry Ping

    2015-05-01

    Towards the next generation optical access network supporting large capacity data transmission to enormous number of users covering a wider area, we proposed a hybrid wavelength-space division multiplexing (WSDM) optical access network architecture utilizing multicore fibers with advanced modulation formats. As a proof of concept, we experimentally demonstrated a WSDM optical access network with duplex transmission using our developed and fabricated multicore (7-core) fibers with 58.7km distance. As a cost-effective modulation scheme for access network, the optical OFDM-QPSK signal has been intensity modulated on the downstream transmission in the optical line terminal (OLT) and it was directly detected in the optical network unit (ONU) after MCF transmission. 10 wavelengths with 25GHz channel spacing from an optical comb generator are employed and each wavelength is loaded with 5Gb/s OFDM-QPSK signal. After amplification, power splitting, and fan-in multiplexer, 10-wavelength downstream signal was injected into six outer layer cores simultaneously and the aggregation downstream capacity reaches 300 Gb/s. -16 dBm sensitivity has been achieved for 3.8 × 10-3 bit error ratio (BER) with 7% Forward Error Correction (FEC) limit for all wavelengths in every core. Upstream signal from ONU side has also been generated and the bidirectional transmission in the same core causes negligible performance degradation to the downstream signal. As a universal platform for wired/wireless data access, our proposed architecture provides additional dimension for high speed mobile signal transmission and we hence demonstrated an upstream delivery of 20Gb/s per wavelength with QPSK modulation formats using the inner core of MCF emulating a mobile backhaul service. The IQ modulated data was coherently detected in the OLT side. -19 dBm sensitivity has been achieved under the FEC limit and more than 18 dB power budget is guaranteed. PMID:25969194

  4. Noise Spectrum of a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Excited by a Modulated Signal

    Blaaberg, Søren; Mørk, Jesper

    2014-01-01

    A detailed analysis of the noise spectrum of a semiconductor optical amplifier excited by an amplitude-modulated input signal is presented. This extends the well-established theory for the case of continuous-wave input signals and is relevant for various applications within optical signal...... modulation frequency, is investigated and explained. We find several interesting modifications to the spectra compared with the continuous-wave case. In particular, the side-bands present in the input-signal lead via four-wave mixing effects to additional structure in the spectra as well as additional noise...

  5. Tunable magneto-optic modulation based on magnetically responsive nanostructured magnetic fluid

    Bai Xue-Kun; Pu Sheng-Li; Wang Lun-Wei; Wang Xiang; Yu Guo-Jun; Ji Hong-Zhu

    2011-01-01

    Magnetic fluid is a kind of functional composite material with nanosized structure and unique optical properties.The tunable magneto-optic modulation of magnetic fluid under external magnetic field,achieved by adjusting the polarization direction of incident light,is investigated theoretically and experimentally in this work.The corresponding modulation depth and response time are obtained.The accompanying mechanisms are clarified by using the theory of dichroism of magnetic fluid and the aggregation/disintegration processes of magnetic particles within magnetic fluid when the external magnetic field turns on/off.

  6. Robust BPSK Impulse Radio UWB-over-Fiber Systems Using Optical Phase Modulation

    Pham, Tien Thang; Guerrero Gonzalez, Neil; Yu, Xianbin; Zibar, Darko; Dittmann, Lars; Tafur Monroy, Idelfonso

    2011-01-01

    The impact of fiber dispersion on the performance of optical phase modulated impulse-radio-ultrawideband (IR-UWB) signals is experimentally investigated. 2Gbps BPSK IR-UWB over 78km fiber transmission is successfully achieved by using digital coherent detection......The impact of fiber dispersion on the performance of optical phase modulated impulse-radio-ultrawideband (IR-UWB) signals is experimentally investigated. 2Gbps BPSK IR-UWB over 78km fiber transmission is successfully achieved by using digital coherent detection...

  7. Glass Difractive Optical Elements (DOEs with complex modulation DLC thin film coated

    Marina Sparvoli

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available We developed a complex (amplitude and phase modulation Diffractive Optical Element (DOE with four phase levels, which is based in a glass substrate coated with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon thin film as the amplitude modulator. The DLC film was deposited by magnetron reactive sputtering with a graphite target and methane gas in an optical glass surface. The glass and DLC film roughness were measured using non destructive methods, such as a high step meter, Atomic Force Microscopy and Diffuse Reflectance. Other properties, such as refractive index of both materials were measured. The DOEs were tested using 632.8 nm HeNe laser.

  8. All-optical modulation in dye-doped nematic liquid crystal photonic bandgap fibers

    Alkeskjold, Thomas Tanggaard; Lægsgaard, Jesper; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard;

    2004-01-01

    Photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) have attracted significant attention during the last years and much research has been devoted to develop fiber designs for various applications, hereunder tunable fiber devices. Recently, thermally and electrically tunable PCF devices based on liquid crystals (LCs......) have been demonstrated. However, optical tuning of the LC PCF has until now not been demonstrated. Here we demonstrate an all-optical modulator, which utilizes a pulsed 532nm laser to modulate the spectral position of the bandgaps in a photonic crystal fiber infiltrated with a dye-doped nematic liquid...

  9. In-vivo retinal imaging by optical coherence tomography using an RSOD-based phase modulator

    Ling WANG; Zhi-hua DING; Guo-hua SHI; Yu-dong ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    Fourier-domain rapid scanning optical delay line (RSOD) was introduced for phase modulation and depth scanning in a time-domain optical coherence tomography (TD-OCT) system. Investigation of parameter optimization of RSOD was conducted.Experiments for RSOD characterization at different parameters of the groove pitch, focal length, galvomirror size, etc. were performed. By implementing the optimized RSOD in our established TD-OCT system with a broadband light source centered at 840 nm with 50 nm bandwidth, in vivo retina imaging of a rabbit was presented, demonstrating the feasibility of high-quality TD-OCT imaging using an RSOD-based phase modulator.

  10. Exact control of parity-time symmetry in periodically modulated nonlinear optical couplers

    Yang, Baiyuan; Hu, QiangLin; Yu, XiaoGuang

    2016-01-01

    We propose a mechanism for realization of exact control of parity-time (PT) symmetry by using a periodically modulated nonlinear optical coupler with balanced gain and loss. It is shown that for certain appropriately chosen values of the modulation parameters, we can construct a family of exact analytical solutions for the two-mode equations describing the dynamics of such nonlinear couplers. These exact solutions give explicit examples that allow us to precisely manipulate the system from nonlinearity-induced symmetry breaking to PT symmetry, thus providing an analytical approach to the all-optical signal control in nonlinear PT-symmetric structures.

  11. Plasma based optical guiding of an amplitude-modulated electromagnetic beam

    Singh, Mamta; Gupta, D. N.

    2015-06-01

    We propose the stronger optical guiding of an electromagnetic beam in a plasma by considering the amplitude modulation of the fundamental beam. With the advent of high power source of electromagnetic radiation, the electron velocity in a plasma may become quite large (comparable to the light velocity in free space). Thus, the effect of relativistic mass variation must be taken into account. The relativistic effect of the laser propagation in a plasma leads to self-focusing because of the dielectric constant of a plasma being an increasing function of the intensity. The ponderomotive force of the laser beam pushes the electrons out of the region of high intensity, which reduces the local electron density and increases the plasma dielectric function further, leading to even more selffocusing of the laser. In this work, we consider a short pulse laser of finite spot size as an amplitude modulation in time. Our findings show an efficient optical guiding mechanism based on amplitude modulation signal propagation in plasmas. Medium nonlinearity becomes stronger if an amplitude modulated beam is introduced, which contributes significantly in laser guiding in plasmas. Furthermore, the rate of laser self-focusing is increased with modulation index due the fact of stronger Kerr effect. The study related to amplitude modulated optical signal may be useful for communication technology.

  12. A system for measuring defect induced beam modulation on inertial confinement fusion-class laser optics

    Runkel, Mike; Hawley-Fedder, Ruth; Widmayer, Clay; Williams, Wade; Weinzapfel, Carolyn; Roberts, Dave

    2005-12-01

    A multi-wavelength laser based system has been constructed to measure defect induced beam modulation (diffraction) from ICF class laser optics. The Nd:YLF-based modulation measurement system (MMS) uses simple beam collimation and imaging to capture diffraction patterns from optical defects onto an 8-bit digital camera at 1053, 527 and 351 nm. The imaging system has a field of view of 4.5 x 2.8 mm2 and is capable of imaging any plane from 0 to 30 cm downstream from the defect. The system is calibrated using a 477 micron chromium dot on glass for which the downstream diffraction patterns were calculated numerically. Under nominal conditions the system can measure maximum peak modulations of approximately 7:1. An image division algorithm is used to calculate the peak modulation from the diffracted and empty field images after the baseline residual light background is subtracted from both. The peak modulation can then be plotted versus downstream position. The system includes a stage capable of holding optics up to 50 pounds with x and y translation of 40 cm and has been used to measure beam modulation due to solgel coating defects, surface digs on KDP crystals, lenslets in bulk fused silica and laser damage sites mitigated with CO2 lasers.

  13. Macroscopic acousto-mechanical analogy of a microbubble

    Chaline, Jennifer; Mehrem, Ahmed; Bouakaz, Ayache; Santos, Serge Dos; Sánchez-Morcillo, Víctor J

    2015-01-01

    Microbubbles, either in the form of free gas bubbles surrounded by a fluid or encapsulated bubbles used currently as contrast agents for medical echography, exhibit complex dynamics under specific acoustic excitations. Nonetheless, considering their micron size and the complexity of their interaction phenomenon with ultrasound waves, expensive and complex experiments and/or simulations are required for their analysis. The behavior of a microbubble along its equator can be linked to a system of coupled oscillators. In this study, the oscillatory behavior of a microbubble has been investigated through an acousto-mechanical analogy based on a ring-shaped chain of coupled pendula. Observation of parametric vibration modes of the pendula ring excited at frequencies between $1$ and $5$ Hz is presented. Simulations have been carried out and show mode mixing phenomena. The relevance of the analogy between a microbubble and the macroscopic acousto-mechanical setup is discussed and suggested as an alternative way to in...

  14. Effective electro-optical modulation with high extinction ratio by a graphene-silicon microring resonator

    Ding, Yunhong; Xiao, Sanshui; Hu, Hao; Frandsen, Lars Hagedorn; Mortensen, N Asger; Yvind, Kresten

    2015-01-01

    Graphene opens up for novel optoelectronic applications thanks to its high carrier mobility, ultra-large absorption bandwidth, and extremely fast material response. In particular, the opportunity to control optoelectronic properties through tuning of Fermi level enables electro-optical modulation, optical-optical switching, and other optoelectronics applications. However, achieving a high modulation depth remains a challenge because of the modest graphene-light interaction in the graphene-silicon devices, typically, utilizing only a monolayer or few layers of graphene. Here, we comprehensively study the interaction between graphene and a microring resonator, and its influence on the optical modulation depth. We demonstrate graphene-silicon microring devices showing a high modulation depth of 12.5 dB with a relatively low bias voltage of 8.8 V. On-off electro-optical switching with an extinction ratio of 3.8 dB is successfully demonstrated by applying a square-waveform with a 4 V peak-to-peak voltage.

  15. Externally-Modulated Electro-Optically Coupled Detector Architecture for Nuclear Physics Instrumentation

    Xi, Wenze [JLAB; McKisson, John E. [JLAB; Weisenberger, Andrew G. [JLAB; Zhang, Shukui [JLAB; Zorn, Carl J. [JLAB

    2014-06-01

    A new laser-based externally-modulated electro-optically coupled detector (EOCD) architecture is being developed to enable high-density readout for radiation detectors with accurate analog radiation pulse shape and timing preservation. Unlike digital conversion before electro-optical modulation, the EOCD implements complete analog optical signal modulation and multiplexing in its detector front-end. The result is a compact, high performance detector readout that can be both radiation tolerant and immune to magnetic fields. In this work, the feasibility of EOCD was explored by constructing a two-wavelength laser-based externally-modulated EOCD, and testing analog pulse shape preservation and wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) crosstalk. Comparisons were first made between the corresponding initial pulses and the electro-optically coupled analog pulses. This confirmed an excellent analog pulse preservation over $ sim {hbox {29}}% $ of the modulator’s switching voltage range. Optical spectrum analysis revealed less than $-{hbox {14}}~hbox{dB}$ crosstalk with 1.2 nm WDM wavelength bandgap, and provided insight on experimental conditions that could lead to increased inter-wavelength crosstalk. Further discussions and previous research on the radiation tolerance and magnetic field immunity of the candidate materials were also given, and quantitative device testing is proposed in the future.

  16. High-Speed Electro-Optic Modulator Integrated with Graphene-Boron Nitride Heterostructure and Photonic Crystal Nanocavity

    Gao, Yuanda; Gan, Xuetao; Li, Luozhou; Peng, Cheng; Meric, Inanc; Wang, Lei; Szep, Attila; Walker, Dennis; Hone, James; Englund, Dirk

    2014-01-01

    Nanoscale and power-efficient electro-optic (EO) modulators are essential components for optical interconnects that are beginning to replace electrical wiring for intra- and inter-chip communications. Silicon-based EO modulators show sufficient figures of merits regarding device footprint, speed, power consumption and modulation depth. However, the weak electro-optic effect of silicon still sets a technical bottleneck for these devices, motivating the development of modulators based on new materials. Graphene, a two-dimensional carbon allotrope, has emerged as an alternative active material for optoelectronic applications owing to its exceptional optical and electronic properties. Here, we demonstrate a high-speed graphene electro-optic modulator based on a graphene-boron nitride (BN) heterostructure integrated with a silicon photonic crystal nanocavity. Strongly enhanced light-matter interaction of graphene in a submicron cavity enables efficient electrical tuning of the cavity reflection. We observe a modul...

  17. Adaptive micro-optical phase modulators based on liquid crystal technology

    Algorri Genaro, José Francisco

    2015-01-01

    This thesis began with the project “Advanced Devices of Liquid Crystal and Electroluminescent Organic Diodes. Hybrid Applications for 3D Vision” funded by the Spanish government. The goal of this project was the development of optical devices to achieve 3D vision in portable devices without glasses or external elements. In order to achieve the goals of this project, solutions based on liquid crystal are considered. Specifically, adaptive micro-optical phase modulators based on liquid crystal ...

  18. Potential Upgrade of the CMS Tracker Analog Readout Optical Links using Bandwidth Efficient Digital Modulation

    Dris, Stefanos; Gill, K; Grabit, R; Ricci, D; Troska, J; Vasey, F

    2007-01-01

    The potential application of advanced digital communication schemes in a future upgrade of the CMS Tracker readout optical links is currently being investigated at CERN. We show experimentally that multi-Gbit/s data rates are possible over the current 40 MSamples/s analog optical links by employing techniques similar to those used in ADSL. The concept involves using one or more digitally-modulated sinusoidal carriers in order to make efficient use of the available bandwidth.

  19. Optical modulation using anti-crossing between paired amplitude and phase resonators.

    Green, William M J; Rooks, Michael J; Sekaric, Lidija; Vlasov, Yurii A

    2007-12-10

    An optical modulator design based upon anti-crossing between coupled silicon microrings with independent amplitude and phase functionality is presented. The device exhibits over 25x improvement in sensitivity to an input drive signal when compared with previously studied microring modulators based on control of waveguide-resonator coupling. The new design also demonstrates an ON-OFF contrast of 14 dB, and has an ultra-compact footprint of 0.003 mm(2). The observed sensitivity enhancement suggests that this modulator may be driven directly by digital CMOS electrical signals with less than 1 V amplitude. PMID:19551020

  20. Enhanced performance of semiconductor optical amplifier at high direct modulation speed with birefringent fiber loop

    K. E. Zoiros

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available We employ a birefringent fiber loop (BFL for enhancing the performance of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA which is directly modulated. By properly exploiting the BFL comb-like spectral response, we show that the SOA can be directly modulated at a data rate which is more than five times faster than that enabled by the SOA electrical bandwidth. The experimental results, which include chirp measurements, demonstrate the significant improvements achieved in the performance of the directly modulated SOA with the help of the BFL.

  1. Modulational instability of two-component Bose-Einstein condensates in an optical lattice

    We study modulational instability of two-component Bose-Einstein condensates in an optical lattice, which is modeled as a coupled discrete nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation. The excitation spectrum and the modulational instability condition of the total system are presented analytically. In the long-wavelength limit, our results agree with the homogeneous two-component Bose-Einstein condensates case. The discreteness effects result in the appearance of the modulational instability for the condensates in miscible region. The numerical calculations confirm our analytical results and show that the interspecies coupling can transfer the instability from one component to another

  2. Ultrafast optical phase modulation with metallic nanoparticles in ion-implanted bilayer silica

    Torres-Torres, C [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESIME-Z, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, DF, 07738 (Mexico); Tamayo-Rivera, L; Silva-Pereyra, H G; Reyes-Esqueda, J A; Rodriguez-Fernandez, L; Crespo-Sosa, A; Cheang-Wong, J C; Oliver, A [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 04510, Mexico, DF (Mexico); Rangel-Rojo, R [Departamento de Optica, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada Apartado Postal 360, Ensenada, BC, 22860 (Mexico); Torres-Martinez, R, E-mail: crstorres@yahoo.com.mx [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y TecnologIa Avanzada Unidad Queretaro, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro, 76090 (Mexico)

    2011-09-02

    The nonlinear optical response of metallic-nanoparticle-containing composites was studied with picosecond and femtosecond pulses. Two different types of nanocomposites were prepared by an ion-implantation process, one containing Au nanoparticles (NPs) and the other Ag NPs. In order to measure the optical nonlinearities, we used a picosecond self-diffraction experiment and the femtosecond time-resolved optical Kerr gate technique. In both cases, electronic polarization and saturated absorption were identified as the physical mechanisms responsible for the picosecond third-order nonlinear response for a near-resonant 532 nm excitation. In contrast, a purely electronic nonlinearity was detected at 830 nm with non-resonant 80 fs pulses. Regarding the nonlinear optical refractive behavior, the Au nanocomposite presented a self-defocusing effect, while the Ag one presented the opposite, that is, a self-focusing response. But, when evaluating the simultaneous contributions when the samples are tested as a multilayer sample (silica-Au NPs-silica-Ag NPs-silica), we were able to obtain optical phase modulation of ultra-short laser pulses, as a result of a significant optical Kerr effect present in these nanocomposites. This allowed us to implement an ultrafast all-optical phase modulator device by using a combination of two different metallic ion-implanted silica samples. This control of the optical phase is a consequence of the separate excitation of the nonlinear refracting phenomena exhibited by the separate Au and Ag nanocomposites.

  3. Integrated Optical Heterodyne Interferometer in Lithium Niobate

    Rubiyanto, A.; Herrmann, H.; Ricken, R.; Tian, F.; Sohler, W.

    A high performance integrated acousto-optical heterodyne interferometer has been developed for vibration measurement. All components including an acousto-optical TE-TM mode converters, two electro-optical TE-TM converters, two polarization splitters and two phase shifters are integrated on a X-cut Lithium Niobate substrate. The fully packaged optical integrated circuit (optical-IC) coupling with three fibers optics pigtails gave a signal-to-noise ratio of 69 dB with at 3 kHz bandwidth by using a commercial DFB laser diode as a light source with 1561 nm emission wavelength and a PIN-FET balanced receiver.

  4. Dynamics of matter solitons in weakly modulated optical lattices

    Kuzmiak, Vladimír

    Ciudad Real : Universida de Castilla-LOa Mancha, 2005 - (Pérez-Garcia, V.; Montesinos, G.), s. 22-23 [SOLIBEC Solitons in Bose-Einstein Condensates. Almagro, Ciudad Real (ES), 09.02.2005-12.02.2005] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC P11.001 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512 Keywords : solitons * Bose-Einstein condensation Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  5. Optically pumped terahertz wave modulation in MoS2-Si heterostructure metasurface

    Zheng, Wei; Fan, Fei; Chen, Meng; Chen, Sai; Chang, Sheng-Jiang

    2016-07-01

    An optically pumped terahertz (THz) modulator based on a MoS2-Si heterostructure metasurface are fabricated and investigated in this paper. The THz wave modulation in MoS2 metasurface has been demonstrated by THz time domain spectroscopy experiment and numerical simulation, which can reach over 90% under the continuous wave laser pumping of 4W/cm2 power density. Importantly, the catalysis of photocarrier generation in MoS2-Si heterostructure has been proved by the comparsion between the modulation depth of metasurface with and without MoS2 nanosheet under the same pumping power, and we found that the strcuture of metasurface and polariztion direction can also influence the photocarrier density in MoS2 metasurface. This novel THz modulator based on 2D material has a high effective modulation on THz waves under a low pumping power, which has a bright potential in THz applications.

  6. Optimised dispersion management and modulation formats for high speed optical communication systems

    Tokle, Torger

    2004-01-01

    This thesis studies dispersion management and modulation formats for optical communication systems using per channel bit rates at and above 10 Gbit/s. Novel modulation formats—including recently proposed multilevel phase modulation—are investigated and demonstrated at bit rates up to 80 Gbit/s. New...... modulated signals. In summary, we show that dispersion management using recently developed fibres in combination with advanced modulation formats significantly improves the transmission performance compared to traditional systems. Multi-level phase modulation is demonstrated at bit rates up to 80 Gbit...... dispersion compensating fibre (DCF) types—referred to as inverse dispersion fibres (IDFs)—allow for novel span designs by using the DCF as cabled transmission fibre. These novel fibre span designs are compared to conventional spans for 10 and 40 Gbit/s systems with 80 km span length based on single mode...

  7. High-efficiency optical coupling single-sideband modulation for OFDM-RoF-PON systems

    Xue, Xuwei; Ji, Wei; Kang, Zhaoyuan; Huang, Kangrui; Li, Xiao

    2015-12-01

    We report on an OFDM-RoF-PON system based on novel optical coupling single-sideband (O-SSB) modulation for one wavelength carrying one baseband and two radio frequency (RF) signals. The impact of nonlinear distortion consisting of harmonic distortion (HD) and intermodulation distortion (IMD) in this system is theoretically investigated. Transmission over 0 km and 40 km of standard single mode fiber is successfully demonstrated and it is indicated that modulation index 0.6 is more adapted to O-SSB modulation. The error vector magnitude (EVM) of system based on O-SSB modulation after transmission over 40 km is <0.1. For O-SSB modulation, bit error rate (BER) after 40 km transmission is below forward error correction (FEC) limit of 10-3.

  8. Precision 3-D microscopy with intensity modulated fibre optic scanners

    Olmos, P.

    2016-01-01

    Optical 3-D imagers constitute a family of precision and useful instruments, easily available on the market in a wide variety of configurations and performances. However, besides their cost they usually provide an image of the object (i.e. a more or less faithful representation of the reality) instead of a truly object's reconstruction. Depending on the detailed working principles of the equipment, this reconstruction may become a challenging task. Here a very simple yet reliable device is described; it is able to form images of opaque objects by illuminating them with an optical fibre and collecting the reflected light with another fibre. Its 3-D capability comes from the spatial filtering imposed by the fibres together with their movement (scanning) along the three directions: transversal (surface) and vertical. This unsophisticated approach allows one to model accurately the entire optical process and to perform the desired reconstruction, finding that information about the surface which is of interest: its profile and its reflectance, ultimately related to the type of material.

  9. Optically Modulated Bistability in Quantum Dot Resonant Tunneling Diodes

    Weng, Qian-Chun; An, Zheng-Hua; Hou, Ying; Zhu, Zi-Qiang

    2013-04-01

    InAs quantum dots are introduced into resonant tunneling diodes to study the electronic transport behavior, and a wide bistability (ΔV ~ 0.8 V) is observed in the negative differential resistance region. Based on an analytic model, we attribute the observed distinct bistability of a resonant tunneling diodes with quantum dots to the feedback dependence of energy of the electron-storing quantum dots on the tunneling current density. Meanwhile, we find that this wide bistable region can be modulated sensitively by light illumination and becomes narrower with increasing light intensity. Our results suggest that the present devices can be potentially used as sensitive photodetectors in optoelectronic fields.

  10. LIGHT MODULATION: Ultrafast optical modulators based on the nonlinear optical response of an electron—hole plasma

    Ermolenko, M. V.; Stankevich, V. V.; Buganov, O. V.; Tikhomirov, S. A.; Ganonenko, S. V.; Kuznetsov, P. I.; Yakushcheva, G. G.

    2009-04-01

    The nonlinear optical properties of multilayer heterostructures based on zinc chalcogenides are studied. Rapid variations in the reflection and transmission of samples excited by ultrashort laser pulses are demonstrated. The characteristic relaxation times of the induced nonlinearity are 2-5 ps and are almost independent within the experimental error on the excitation energy and temperature of a sample.

  11. Modulation Instabilities in Birefringent Two-Core Optical Fibers

    Li, J H; Malomed, B A; Chow, K W

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies of the modulation instability (MI) of continuous waves (CWs) in a two-core fiber (TCF) did not consider effects caused by co-propagation of the two polarized modes in a TCF that possesses birefringence, such as cross-phase modulation (XPM), polarization-mode dispersion (PMD), and polarization-dependent coupling (PDC) between the cores. This paper reports an analysis of these effects on the MI by considering a linear-birefringence TCF and a circular-birefringence TCF, which feature different XPM coefficients. The analysis focuses on the MI of the asymmetric CW states in the TCFs, which have no counterparts in single-core fibers. We find that, the asymmetric CW state exists when its total power exceeds a threshold (minimum) value, which is sensitive to the value of the XPM coefficient. We consider, in particular, a class of asymmetric CW states that admit analytical solutions. In the anomalous dispersion regime, without taking the PMD and PDC into account, the MI gain spectra of the birefringen...

  12. Realization of an all-optical zero to pi cross-phase modulation jump.

    Camacho, Ryan M; Dixon, P Ben; Glasser, Ryan T; Jordan, Andrew N; Howell, John C

    2009-01-01

    We report on the experimental demonstration of an all-optical pi cross-phase modulation jump. By performing a preselection, an optically induced unitary transformation, and then a postselection on the polarization degree of freedom, the phase of the output beam acquires either a zero or pi phase shift (with no other possible values). The postselection results in optical loss in the output beam. An input state may be chosen near the resulting phase singularity, yielding a pi phase shift even for weak interaction strengths. The scheme is experimentally demonstrated using a coherently prepared dark state in a warm atomic cesium vapor. PMID:19257193

  13. Magnetic field topographical survey by magneto-optical space-time light modulators

    Levy, Sergey V.; Ostrovsky, Andrey S.; Agalidy, Yu. S.

    1993-12-01

    Utilization of magneto-optical spacing light modulators based on Bi-substituted monocrystalline ferrite-garnet films for spatially distributed magnetic field measurements is discussed. Numerous variants of magnetic field topographical survey for different types (audio & video ...) of magnetic signalogramms geometrical parameters control are described. Special usages for magnetic signalogramms criminalistics examination and faint amplitude signalogramms visualization are described too.

  14. All-Optical Frequency Modulated High Pressure MEMS Sensor for Remote and Distributed Sensing

    Reck, Kasper; Thomsen, Erik Vilain; Hansen, Ole

    2011-01-01

    We present the design, fabrication and characterization of a new all-optical frequency modulated pressure sensor. Using the tangential strain in a circular membrane, a waveguide with an integrated nanoscale Bragg grating is strained longitudinally proportional to the applied pressure causing a sh...

  15. Research of electro-optical modulators usage for microwave photonic filters

    Morozov, Oleg G.; Sadeev, T. S.; Talipov, A. A.

    2014-01-01

    We analyze the most effective way to obtain microwave-photonic filter’s coefficients, specifically implemented by electro-optical modulators. These devices are attractive to obtain desired number and sign of coefficients which results in high tunability and reconfigurability of filters. One has to decide which device will be the most appropriate in obtaining desired frequency response of the filter.

  16. Indium-Tin-Oxide for High-performance Electro-optic Modulation

    Ma Zhizhen

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Advances in opto-electronics are often led by discovery and development of materials featuring unique properties. Recently, the material class of transparent conductive oxides (TCO has attracted attention for active photonic devices on-chip. In particular, indium tin oxide (ITO is found to have refractive index changes on the order of unity. This property makes it possible to achieve electrooptic modulation of sub-wavelength device scales, when thin ITO films are interfaced with optical light confinement techniques such as found in plasmonics; optical modes are compressed to nanometer scale to create strong light-matter interactions. Here we review efforts towards utilizing this novel material for high performance and ultra-compact modulation. While high performance metrics are achieved experimentally, there are open questions pertaining to the permittivity modulation mechanism of ITO. Finally, we review a variety of optical and electrical properties of ITO for different processing conditions, and show that ITO-based plasmonic electro-optic modulators have the potential to significantly outperform diffractionlimited devices.

  17. Indium-Tin-Oxide for High-performance Electro-optic Modulation

    Ma, Zhizhen; Li, Zhuoran; Liu, Ke; Ye, Chenran; Sorger, Volker J.

    2015-06-01

    Advances in opto-electronics are often led by discovery and development of materials featuring unique properties. Recently, the material class of transparent conductive oxides (TCO) has attracted attention for active photonic devices on-chip. In particular, indium tin oxide (ITO) is found to have refractive index changes on the order of unity. This property makes it possible to achieve electrooptic modulation of sub-wavelength device scales, when thin ITO films are interfaced with optical light confinement techniques such as found in plasmonics; optical modes are compressed to nanometer scale to create strong light-matter interactions. Here we review efforts towards utilizing this novel material for high performance and ultra-compact modulation. While high performance metrics are achieved experimentally, there are open questions pertaining to the permittivity modulation mechanism of ITO. Finally, we review a variety of optical and electrical properties of ITO for different processing conditions, and show that ITO-based plasmonic electro-optic modulators have the potential to significantly outperform diffractionlimited devices.

  18. Ultrafast all-optical modulation using a photonic-crystal Fano structure with broken symmetry

    Yu, Yi; Hu, Hao; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo;

    2015-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate ultrafast all-optical modulation using an ultracompact InP photonic-crystal Fanostructure. In contrast to symmetric configurations previously considered, the use of a structure with broken symmetryin combination with a well-engineered Fano resonance is shown to...

  19. Optical Module Front-End for a Neutrino Underwater Telescope PMT interface

    Lo Presti, D; Caponetto, L

    2007-01-01

    A proposal for a new system to capture signals in the Optical Module (OM) of an Underwater Neutrino Telescope is described. It concentrates on the problem of power consumption in relation to precision. In particular, a solution for the interface between the photomultiplier (PMT) and the front-end electronics is presented.

  20. A mu-metal mesh for the optical module of the underwater neutrino telescope, NESTOR

    The conceptual design, the manufacturing process and the production of a mu-metal mesh to screen from the geomagnetic field, the 15'' Hamamatsu phototube, contained in the optical module of the underwater neutrino telescope NESTOR, are described. Some measurements of the efficiency of the mesh are reported. (orig.)

  1. Low-power front-end for the optical module of a neutrino underwater telescope

    A proposal for a new system to capture signals in the Optical Module (OM) of an underwater neutrino telescope is described. It concentrates on the problem of power consumption and time precision. In particular, a solution for the interface between the photomultiplier (PMT) and the front-end electronics is presented.

  2. Low Power Front End for the Optical Module of a Neutrino Underwater Telescope

    Lo Presti, D; Caponetto, L; Giorgi, F; Gabrielli, A

    2007-01-01

    A proposal for a new system to capture signals in the Optical Module (OM) of an underwater neutrino telescope is described. It concentrates on the problem of power consumption and time precision. In particular, a solution for the interface between the photomultiplier (PMT) and the front-end electronics is presented.

  3. Characterisation of a MQW electroabsorption modulator as an all-optical demultiplexer

    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Romstad, Francis Pascal; Tersigni, Andrea;

    2001-01-01

    A detailed experimental investigation of the all-optical switching properties of an InGaAsP MQW electroabsorption modulator has been performed. Using high pump pulse energies and high reverse bias settings, switching windows were demonstrated with extinction ratios up to 25 dB and widths down to ...

  4. Hybrid intensity-modulation-to-phase-remodulation optical wavelength reuse transport system

    Chang, Ching-Hung; Tseng, Meng-Chun; Tseng, Cheng-Han

    2015-12-01

    A hybrid intensity-modulation (IM)-to-phase-remodulation optical wavelength reuse transport system is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. Based on the transport system, an optical carrier can be intensity-modulated with an orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) signal and then phase-remodulated with a radio frequency (RF) signal prior to communicating its destination through a span of single mode fiber. The OFDM signal at the receiver end can be directly detected using a photodetector (PD), and the phase-modulated RF signal can be detected by another PD after being converted back to intensity-modulation format by a semiconductor laser. In this study, the working window of the semiconductor laser-composed phase-modulation-format-to-IM-format converter is not fixed. The converter can be flexibly adjusted to align with the wavelength of the employed optical carrier. Experimental results prove that both OFDM and RF signals can be clearly detected with an error-free transmission. Evident interference is not found between both signals at the receiver end.

  5. Broadband microwave phase shifter based on high speed cross gain modulation in quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers

    Chen, Yaohui; Mørk, Jesper

    2009-01-01

    We present a scheme to achieve tunable ~180 degrees microwave phase shifts at frequencies exceeding 100 GHz based on high speed cross gain modulation in quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers.......We present a scheme to achieve tunable ~180 degrees microwave phase shifts at frequencies exceeding 100 GHz based on high speed cross gain modulation in quantum dot semiconductor optical amplifiers....

  6. Non-invasive optical modulation of local vascular permeability

    Choi, Myunghwan; Choi, Chulhee

    2011-03-01

    For a systemically administered drug to act, it first needs to cross the vascular wall. This step represents a bottleneck for drug development, especially in the brain or retina, where tight junctions between endothelial cells form physiological barriers. Here, we demonstrate that femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation focused on the blood vessel wall induces transient permeabilization of plasma. Nonlinear absorption of the pulsed laser enabled the noninvasive modulation of vascular permeability with high spatial selectivity in three dimensions. By combining this method with systemic injection, we could locally deliver molecular probes in various tissues, such as brain cortex, meninges, ear, striated muscle, and bone. We suggest this method as a novel delivery tool for molecular probes or drugs.

  7. Optical modulation of astrocyte network using ultrashort pulsed laser

    Yoon, Jonghee; Ku, Taeyun; Chong, Kyuha; Ryu, Seung-Wook; Choi, Chulhee

    2012-03-01

    Astrocyte, the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system, has been one of major topics in neuroscience. Even though many tools have been developed for the analysis of astrocyte function, there has been no adequate tool that can modulates astrocyte network without pharmaceutical or genetic interventions. Here we found that ultrashort pulsed laser stimulation can induce label-free activation of astrocytes as well as apoptotic-like cell death in a dose-dependent manner. Upon irradiation with high intensity pulsed lasers, the irradiated cells with short exposure time showed very rapid mitochondria fragmentation, membrane blebbing and cytoskeletal retraction. We applied this technique to investigate in vivo function of astrocyte network in the CNS: in the aspect of neurovascular coupling and blood-brain barrier. We propose that this noninvasive technique can be widely applied for in vivo study of complex cellular network.

  8. Modulation instabilities in birefringent two-core optical fibres

    Previous studies of the modulation instability (MI) of continuous waves (CWs) in a two-core fibre (TCF) did not consider effects caused by co-propagation of the two polarized modes in a TCF that possesses birefringence, such as cross-phase modulation (XPM), polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) and polarization-dependent coupling (PDC) between the cores. This paper reports an analysis of these effects on the MI by considering a linear-birefringence TCF and a circular-birefringence TCF, which feature different XPM coefficients. The analysis focuses on the MI of the asymmetric CW states in the TCFs, which have no counterparts in single-core fibres. We find that the asymmetric CW state exists when its total power exceeds a threshold (minimum) value, which is sensitive to the value of the XPM coefficient. We consider, in particular, a class of asymmetric CW states that admit analytical solutions. In the anomalous dispersion regime, without taking the PMD and PDC into account, the MI gain spectra of the birefringent TCF, if scaled by the threshold power, are almost identical to those of the zero-birefringence TCF. However, in the normal dispersion regime, the power-scaled MI gain spectra of the birefringent TCFs are distinctly different from their zero-birefringence counterparts, and the difference is particularly significant for the circular-birefringence TCF, which takes a larger XPM coefficient. On the other hand, the PMD and PDC only exert weak effects on the MI gain spectra. We also simulate the nonlinear evolution of the MI of the CW inputs in the TCFs and obtain good agreement with the analytical solutions. (paper)

  9. Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module

    The first prototype of a photo-detection unit of the future KM3NeT neutrino telescope has been deployed in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This digital optical module has a novel design with a very large photocathode area segmented by the use of 31 three inch photomultiplier tubes. It has been integrated in the ANTARES detector for in-situ testing and validation. This paper reports on the first months of data taking and rate measurements. The analysis results highlight the capabilities of the new module design in terms of background suppression and signal recognition. The directionality of the optical module enables the recognition of multiple Cherenkov photons from the same 40K decay and the localisation of bioluminescent activity in the neighbourhood. The single unit can cleanly identify atmospheric muons and provide sensitivity to the muon arrival directions. (orig.)

  10. Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module

    Adrián-Martínez, S.; Ageron, M.; Aharonian, F.; Aiello, S.; Albert, A.; Ameli, F.; Anassontzis, E. G.; Anghinolfi, M.; Anton, G.; Anvar, S.; Ardid, M.; de Asmundis, R.; Balasi, K.; Band, H.; Barbarino, G.; Barbarito, E.; Barbato, F.; Baret, B.; Baron, S.; Belias, A.; Berbee, E.; van den Berg, A. M.; Berkien, A.; Bertin, V.; Beurthey, S.; van Beveren, V.; Beverini, N.; Biagi, S.; Bianucci, S.; Billault, M.; Birbas, A.; Boer Rookhuizen, H.; Bormuth, R.; Bouché, V.; Bouhadef, B.; Bourlis, G.; Bouwhuis, M.; Bozza, C.; Bruijn, R.; Brunner, J.; Cacopardo, G.; Caillat, L.; Calamai, M.; Calvo, D.; Capone, A.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, F.; Cecchini, S.; Ceres, A.; Cereseto, R.; Champion, C.; Château, F.; Chiarusi, T.; Christopoulou, B.; Circella, M.; Classen, L.; Cocimano, R.; Colonges, S.; Coniglione, R.; Cosquer, A.; Costa, M.; Coyle, P.; Creusot, A.; Curtil, C.; Cuttone, G.; D'Amato, C.; D'Amico, A.; De Bonis, G.; De Rosa, G.; Deniskina, N.; Destelle, J.-J.; Distefano, C.; Donzaud, C.; Dornic, D.; Dorosti-Hasankiadeh, Q.; Drakopoulou, E.; Drouhin, D.; Drury, L.; Durand, D.; Eberl, T.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Elsaesser, D.; Enzenhöfer, A.; Fermani, P.; Fusco, L. A.; Gajana, D.; Gal, T.; Galatà, S.; Gallo, F.; Garufi, F.; Gebyehu, M.; Giordano, V.; Gizani, N.; Gracia Ruiz, R.; Graf, K.; Grasso, R.; Grella, G.; Grmek, A.; Habel, R.; van Haren, H.; Heid, T.; Heijboer, A.; Heine, E.; Henry, S.; Hernández-Rey, J. J.; Herold, B.; Hevinga, M. A.; van der Hoek, M.; Hofestädt, J.; Hogenbirk, J.; Hugon, C.; Hößl, J.; Imbesi, M.; James, C.; Jansweijer, P.; Jochum, J.; de Jong, M.; Kadler, M.; Kalekin, O.; Kappes, A.; Kappos, E.; Katz, U.; Kavatsyuk, O.; Keller, P.; Kieft, G.; Koffeman, E.; Kok, H.; Kooijman, P.; Koopstra, J.; Korporaal, A.; Kouchner, A.; Koutsoukos, S.; Kreykenbohm, I.; Kulikovskiy, V.; Lahmann, R.; Lamare, P.; Larosa, G.; Lattuada, D.; Le Provost, H.; Leisos, A.; Lenis, D.; Leonora, E.; Lindsey Clark, M.; Liolios, A.; Llorens Alvarez, C. D.; Löhner, H.; Lo Presti, D.; Louis, F.; Maccioni, E.; Mannheim, K.; Manolopoulos, K.; Margiotta, A.; Mariş, O.; Markou, C.; Martínez-Mora, J. A.; Martini, A.; Masullo, R.; Michael, T.; Migliozzi, P.; Migneco, E.; Miraglia, A.; Mollo, C.; Mongelli, M.; Morganti, M.; Mos, S.; Moudden, Y.; Musico, P.; Musumeci, M.; Nicolaou, C.; Nicolau, C. A.; Orlando, A.; Orzelli, A.; Papageorgiou, K.; Papaikonomou, A.; Papaleo, R.; Păvălaş, G. E.; Peek, H.; Pellegrino, C.; Pellegriti, M. G.; Perrina, C.; Petridou, C.; Piattelli, P.; Pikounis, K.; Popa, V.; Pradier, Th.; Priede, M.; Pühlhofer, G.; Pulvirenti, S.; Racca, C.; Raffaelli, F.; Randazzo, N.; Rapidis, P. A.; Razis, P.; Real, D.; Resvanis, L.; Reubelt, J.; Riccobene, G.; Rovelli, A.; Royon, J.; Saldaña, M.; Samtleben, D. F. E.; Sanguineti, M.; Santangelo, A.; Sapienza, P.; Savvidis, I.; Schmelling, J.; Schnabel, J.; Sedita, M.; Seitz, T.; Sgura, I.; Simeone, F.; Siotis, I.; Sipala, V.; Solazzo, M.; Spitaleri, A.; Spurio, M.; Stavropoulos, G.; Steijger, J.; Stolarczyk, T.; Stransky, D.; Taiuti, M.; Terreni, G.; Tézier, D.; Théraube, S.; Thompson, L. F.; Timmer, P.; Trapierakis, H. I.; Trasatti, L.; Trovato, A.; Tselengidou, M.; Tsirigotis, A.; Tzamarias, S.; Tzamariudaki, E.; Vallage, B.; Van Elewyck, V.; Vermeulen, J.; Vernin, P.; Viola, S.; Vivolo, D.; Werneke, P.; Wiggers, L.; Wilms, J.; de Wolf, E.; van Wooning, R. H. L.; Yatkin, K.; Zachariadou, K.; Zonca, E.; Zornoza, J. D.; Zúñiga, J.; Zwart, A.

    2014-09-01

    The first prototype of a photo-detection unit of the future KM3NeT neutrino telescope has been deployed in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This digital optical module has a novel design with a very large photocathode area segmented by the use of 31 three inch photomultiplier tubes. It has been integrated in the ANTARES detector for in-situ testing and validation. This paper reports on the first months of data taking and rate measurements. The analysis results highlight the capabilities of the new module design in terms of background suppression and signal recognition. The directionality of the optical module enables the recognition of multiple Cherenkov photons from the same $^{40}$K decay and the localization bioluminescent activity in the neighbourhood. The single unit can cleanly identify atmospheric muons and provide sensitivity to the muon arrival directions.

  11. An all-optical modulation method in sub-micron scale.

    Yang, Longzhi; Pei, Chongyang; Shen, Ao; Zhao, Changyun; Li, Yan; Li, Xia; Yu, Hui; Li, Yubo; Jiang, Xiaoqing; Yang, Jianyi

    2015-01-01

    We report a theoretical study showing that by utilizing the illumination of an external laser, the Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPP) signals on the graphene sheet can be modulated in the sub-micron scale. The SPP wave can propagate along the graphene in the middle infrared range when the graphene is properly doped. Graphene's carrier density can be modified by a visible laser when the graphene sheet is exfoliated on the hydrophilic SiO2/Si substrate, which yields an all-optical way to control the graphene's doping level. Consequently, the external laser beam can control the propagation of the graphene SPP between the ON and OFF status. This all-optical modulation effect is still obvious when the spot size of the external laser is reduced to 400 nm while the modulation depth is as high as 114.7 dB/μm. PMID:25777581

  12. Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module

    Adrian-Martinez, S.; Ardid, M.; Llorens Alvarez, C.D.; Saldana, M. [Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Instituto de Investigacion para la Gestion Integrada de las Zonas Costeras, Gandia (Spain); Ageron, M.; Bertin, V.; Beurthey, S.; Billault, M.; Brunner, J.; Caillat, L.; Cosquer, A.; Coyle, P.; Curtil, C.; Destelle, J.J.; Dornic, D.; Gallo, F.; Henry, S.; Keller, P.; Lamare, P.; Royon, J.; Solazzo, M.; Tezier, D.; Theraube, S.; Yatkin, K. [CPPM, Aix-Marseille Universite, CNRS/IN2P3, Marseille (France); Aharonian, F.; Drury, L. [DIAS, Dublin (Ireland); Aiello, S.; Giordano, V.; Leonora, E.; Randazzo, N.; Sipala, V. [INFN, Sezione di Catania, Catania (Italy); Albert, A.; Drouhin, D.; Racca, C. [GRPHE, Universite de Haute Alsace, IUT de Colmar, Colmar (France); Ameli, F.; De Bonis, G.; Nicolau, C.A.; Simeone, F. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Rome (Italy); Anassontzis, E.G. [National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Deparment of Physics, Athens (Greece); Anghinolfi, M.; Cereseto, R.; Hugon, C.; Kulikovskiy, V.; Musico, P.; Orzelli, A. [INFN, Sezione di Genova, Genoa (Italy); Anton, G.; Classen, L.; Eberl, T.; Enzenhoefer, A.; Gal, T.; Graf, K.; Heid, T.; Herold, B.; Hofestaedt, J.; Hoessl, J.; James, C.; Kalekin, O.; Kappes, A.; Katz, U.; Lahmann, R.; Reubelt, J.; Schnabel, J.; Seitz, T.; Stransky, D.; Tselengidou, M. [Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, Erlangen (Germany); Anvar, S.; Chateau, F.; Durand, D.; Le Provost, H.; Louis, F.; Moudden, Y.; Zonca, E. [CEA, Irfu/Sedi, Centre de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Asmundis, R. de; Deniskina, N.; Migliozzi, P.; Mollo, C. [INFN, Sezione di Napoli, Naples (Italy); Balasi, K.; Drakopoulou, E.; Markou, C.; Pikounis, K.; Siotis, I.; Stavropoulos, G.; Tzamariudaki, E. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, NCSR ' ' Demokritos' ' , Athens (Greece); Band, H.; Berbee, E.; Berkien, A.; Beveren, V. van; Boer Rookhuizen, H.; Bouwhuis, M.; Gajana, D.; Gebyehu, M.; Heijboer, A.; Heine, E.; Hoek, M. van der; Hogenbirk, J.; Jansweijer, P.; Kieft, G.; Kok, H.; Koopstra, J.; Korporaal, A.; Michael, T.; Mos, S.; Peek, H.; Schmelling, J.; Steijger, J.; Timmer, P.; Vermeulen, J.; Werneke, P.; Wiggers, L.; Zwart, A. [Nikhef, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Barbarino, G.; Barbato, F.; De Rosa, G.; Garufi, F.; Vivolo, D. [INFN, Sezione di Napoli, Naples (Italy); Universita ' Federico II' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Naples (Italy); Barbarito, E.; Ceres, A.; Circella, M.; Mongelli, M.; Sgura, I. [INFN, Sezione di Bari, Bari (Italy); Baret, B.; Baron, S.; Champion, C.; Colonges, S.; Creusot, A.; Galata, S.; Gracia Ruiz, R.; Kouchner, A.; Lindsey Clark, M.; Van Elewyck, V. [APC,Universite Paris Diderot, CNRS/IN2P3, CEA/IRFU Observatoire de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cite, Paris (France); Belias, A.; Rapidis, P.A.; Trapierakis, H.I. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, NCSR ' ' Demokritos' ' , Athens (Greece); National Observatory of Athens, NESTOR Institute for Deep Sea Research, Technology, and Neutrino Astroparticle Physics, Pylos (Greece); Berg, A.M. van den; Dorosti-Hasankiadeh, Q.; Hevinga, M.A.; Kavatsyuk, O.; Loehner, H.; Wooning, R.H.L. van [KVI-CART, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Beverini, N. [INFN, Sezione di Pisa, Pisa (Italy); Universita di Pisa, Dipertimento di Fisica, Pisa (Italy); Biagi, S.; Cecchini, S.; Fusco, L.A.; Margiotta, A.; Spurio, M. [INFN, Sezione di Bologna, Bologna (Italy); Universita di Bologna, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Bologna (Italy); Bianucci, S.; Bouhadef, B.; Calamai, M.; Morganti, M.; Raffaelli, F.; Terreni, G. [Universita di Pisa, Dipertimento di Fisica, Pisa (Italy); Birbas, A.; Bourlis, G.; Christopoulou, B.; Gizani, N.; Leisos, A.; Lenis, D.; Tsirigotis, A.; Tzamarias, S. [Hellenic Open University, School of Science and Technology, Patras (Greece); Bormuth, R.; Jong, M. de; Samtleben, D.F.E. [Nikhef, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Leiden University, Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden (Netherlands); Bouche, V.; Fermani, P.; Masullo, R.; Perrina, C. [INFN, Sezione di Roma, Rome (Italy); Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Dipartimento di Fisica, Rome (Italy); Bozza, C.; Grella, G. [Universita ' Federico II' , Dipartimento di Fisica, Naples (Italy); Universita di Salerno, Dipartimento di Fisica, Fisciano (Italy); Bruijn, R.; Koffeman, E.; Wolf, E. de [Nikhef, Amsterdam (Netherlands); University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Cacopardo, G.; Caruso, F.; Cocimano, R.; Coniglione, R.; Costa, M.; Cuttone, G.; D' Amato, C.; D' Amico, A.; Distefano, C.; Grasso, R.; Grmek, A.; Imbesi, M.; Larosa, G.; Lattuada, D.; Migneco, E.; Miraglia, A.; Musumeci, M.; Orlando, A.; Papaleo, R.; Pellegrino, C.; Pellegriti, M.G.; Piattelli, P. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Catania (Italy); Collaboration: KM3NeT Collaboration; and others

    2014-09-15

    The first prototype of a photo-detection unit of the future KM3NeT neutrino telescope has been deployed in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This digital optical module has a novel design with a very large photocathode area segmented by the use of 31 three inch photomultiplier tubes. It has been integrated in the ANTARES detector for in-situ testing and validation. This paper reports on the first months of data taking and rate measurements. The analysis results highlight the capabilities of the new module design in terms of background suppression and signal recognition. The directionality of the optical module enables the recognition of multiple Cherenkov photons from the same {sup 40}K decay and the localisation of bioluminescent activity in the neighbourhood. The single unit can cleanly identify atmospheric muons and provide sensitivity to the muon arrival directions. (orig.)

  13. Deep sea tests of a prototype of the KM3NeT digital optical module

    Adrián-Martínez, S; Aharonian, F; Aiello, S; Albert, A; Ameli, F; Anassontzis, E G; Anghinolfi, M; Anton, G; Anvar, S; Ardid, M; de Asmundis, R; Band, H; Barbarino, G; Barbarito, E; Barbato, F; Baret, B; Baron, S; Belias, A; Berbee, E; Berg, A M van den; Berkien, A; Bertin, V; Beurthey, S; van Beveren, V; Beverini, N; Biagi, S; Bianucci, S; Billault, M; Birbas, A; Rookhuizen, H Boer; Bormuth, R; Bouche, V; Bouhadef, B; Bourlis, G; Bouwhuis, M; Bozza, C; Bruijn, R; Brunner, J; Cacopardo, G; Caillat, L; Calamai, M; Calvo, D; Capone, A; Caramete, L; Caruso, F; Cecchini, S; Ceres, A; Cereseto, R; Champion, C; Chateau, F; Chiarusi, T; Christopoulou, B; Circella, M; Classen, L; Cocimano, R; Colonges, S; Coniglione, R; Cosquer, A; Costa, M; Coyle, P; Creusot, A; Curtil, C; Cuttone, G; D'Amato, C; D'Amico, A; De Bonis, G; De Rosa, G; Deniskina, N; Destelle, J -J; Distefano, C; Donzaud, C; Dornic, D; Dorosti-Hasankiadeh, Q; Drakopoulou7, E; Drouhin, D; Drury, L; Durand, D; Eberl, T; Eleftheriadis, C; Elsaesser, D; Enzenhofer, A; Fermani, P; Fusco, L A; Gajana, D; Gal, T; Galata, S; Gallo, F; Garufi, F; Gebyehu, M; Giordano, V; Gizani, N; Ruiz, R Gracia; Graf, K; Grasso, R; Grella, G; Grmek, A; Habel, R; van Haren, H; Heid, T; Heijboer, A; Heine, E; Henry, S; Hernandez-Rey, J J; Herold, B; Hevinga, M A; van der Hoek, M; Hofestadt, J; Hogenbirk, J; Hugon, C; Hosl, J; Imbesi, M; James, C; Jansweijer, P; Jochum, J; de Jong, M; Kadler, M; Kalekin, O; Kappes, A; Kappos, E; Katz, U; Kavatsyuk, O; Keller, P; Kieft, G; Koffeman, E; Kok, H; Kooijman, P; Koopstra, J; Korporaal, A; Kouchner, A; Koutsoukos, S; Kreykenbohm, I; Kulikovskiy, V; Lahmann, R; Lamare, P; Larosa, G; Lattuada, D; Provost, H Le; Leisos, A; Lenis, D; Leonora, E; Clark, M Lindsey; Liolios, A; Alvarez, C D Llorens; Lohner, H; Presti, D Lo; Louis, F; Maccioni, E; Mannheim, K; Manolopoulos, K; Margiotta, A; Maris, O; Markou, C; Martinez-Mora, J A; Martini, A; Masullo, R; Michael, T; Migliozzi, P; Migneco, E; Miraglia, A; Mollo, C; Mongelli, M; Morganti, M; Mos, S; Moudden, Y; Musico, P; Musumeci, M; Nicolaou, C; Nicolau, C A; Orlando, A; Orzelli, A; Papageorgiou, K; Papaikonomou, A; Papaleo, R; Pavalas, G E; Peek, H; Pellegrino, C; Pellegriti, M G; Perrina, C; Petridou, C; Piattelli, P; Popa, V; Pradier, Th; Priede, M; Puhlhofer, G; Pulvirenti, S; Racca, C; Raffaelli, F; Randazzo, N; Rapidis, P A; Razis, P; Real, D; Resvanis, L; Reubelt, J; Riccobene, G; Rovelli, A; Royon, J; Saldana, M; Samtleben, D F E; Sanguineti, M; Santangelo, A; Sapienza, P; Savvidis, I; Schmelling, J; Schnabel, J; Sedita, M; Seitz, T; Sgura, I; Simeone, F; Siotis, I; Sipala, V; Solazzo, M; Spitaleri, A; Spurio, M; Steijger, J; Stolarczyk, T; Stransky, D; Taiuti, M; Terreni, G; Tezier, D; Theraube, S; Thompson, L F; Timmer, P; Trapierakis, H I; Trasatti, L; Trovato, A; Tselengidou, M; Tsirigotis, A; Tzamarias, S; Tzamariudaki, E; Vallage, B; Van Elewyck, V; Vermeulen, J; Vernin, P; Viola, S; Vivolo, D; Werneke, P; Wiggers, L; Wilms, J; de Wolf, E; van Wooning, R H L; Yatkin, K; Zachariadou, K; Zonca, E; Zornoza, J D; Zúñiga, J; Zwart, A

    2014-01-01

    The first prototype of a photo-detection unit of the future KM3NeT neutrino telescope has been deployed in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This digital optical module has a novel design with a very large photocathode area segmented by the use of 31 three inch photomultiplier tubes. It has been integrated in the ANTARES detector for in-situ testing and validation. This paper reports on the first months of data taking and rate measurements. The analysis results highlight the capabilities of the new module design in terms of background suppression and signal recognition. The directionality of the optical module enables the recognition of multiple Cherenkov photons from the same $^{40}$K decay and the localization bioluminescent activity in the neighbourhood. The single unit can cleanly identify atmospheric muons and provide sensitivity to the muon arrival directions.

  14. Algebraic approach to electro-optic modulation of light: Exactly solvable multimode quantum model

    Miroshnichenko, George P; Trifanov, Alexander I; Gleim, Artur V

    2016-01-01

    We theoretically study electro-optic light modulation based on the quantum model where the linear electro-optic effect and the externally applied microwave field result in the interaction between optical cavity modes. The model assumes that the number of interacting modes is finite and effects of the mode overlapping coefficient on the strength of the intermode interaction can be taken into account through dependence of the coupling coefficient on the mode characteristics. We show that, under certain conditions, the model is exactly solvable and, in the semiclassical approximation where the microwave field is treated as a classical mode, can be analyzed using the technique of the Jordan mappings for the su(2) Lie algebra. Analytical results are applied to study effects of light modulation on the frequency dependence of the photon counting rate. We also establish the conditions of validity of the semiclassical approximation by applying the methods of polynomially deformed Lie algebras for analysis of the model...

  15. Entangling the motion of two optically trapped objects via time-modulated driving fields

    We study entanglement of the motional degrees of freedom of two tethered and optically trapped microdisks inside a single cavity. By properly choosing the position of the trapped objects in the optical cavity and driving proper modes of the cavity, it is possible to equip the system with linear and quadratic optomechanical couplings. We show that a parametric coupling between the fundamental vibrational modes of two tethered microdisks can be generated via a time-modulated input laser. For a proper choice of the modulation frequency, this mechanism can drive the motion of the microdisks into an inseparable state in the long time limit via a two-mode squeezing process. We numerically confirm the performance of our scheme for current technology and briefly discuss an experimental setup that can be used for detecting this entanglement by employing the quadratic coupling. We also comment on the perspectives for generating such entanglement between the oscillations of optically levitated nanospheres. (paper)

  16. Secured Optical Communications Using Quantum Entangled Two-Photon Transparency Modulation

    Kojima, Jun (Inventor); Nguyen, Quang-Viet (Inventor); Lekki, John (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A system and method is disclosed wherein optical signals are coded in a transmitter by tuning or modulating the interbeam delay time (which modulates the fourth-order coherence) between pairs of entangled photons. The photon pairs are either absorbed or not absorbed (transparent) by an atomic or molecular fluorescer in a receiver, depending on the inter-beam delay that is introduced in the entangled photon pairs. Upon the absorption, corresponding fluorescent optical emissions follow at a certain wavelength, which are then detected by a photon detector. The advantage of the disclosed system is that it eliminates a need of a coincidence counter to realize the entanglement-based secure optical communications because the absorber acts as a coincidence counter for entangled photon pairs.

  17. Ultrabroadband Electro-Optic Modulator Based on Hybrid Silicon-Polymer Dual Vertical Slot Waveguide

    Shouyuan Shi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a novel hybrid silicon-polymer dual slot waveguide for high speed and ultra-low driving voltage electro-optic (EO modulation. The proposed design utilizes the unique properties of ferroelectric materials such as LiNbO3 to achieve dual RF and optical modes within a low index nanoslot. The tight mode concentration and overlap in the slot allow the infiltrated organic EO polymers to experience enhanced nonlinear interaction with the applied electric field. Half-wavelength voltage-length product and electro-optic response are rigorously simulated to characterize the proposed design, which reveals ultrabroadband operation, up to 250 GHz, and subvolt driving voltage for a 1 cm long modulator.

  18. Quantitative security evaluation of optical encryption using hybrid phase- and amplitude-modulated keys.

    Sarkadi, Tamás; Koppa, Pál

    2012-02-20

    In the increasing number of system approaches published in the field of optical encryption, the security level of the system is evaluated by qualitative and empirical methods. To quantify the security of the optical system, we propose to use the equivalent of the key length routinely used in algorithmic encryption. We provide a calculation method of the number of independent keys and deduce the binary key length for optical data encryption. We then investigate and optimize the key length of the combined phase- and amplitude-modulated key encryption in the holographic storage environment, which is one of the promising solutions for the security enhancement of single- and double-random phase-encoding encryption and storage systems. We show that a substantial growth of the key length can be achieved by optimized phase and amplitude modulation compared to phase-only encryption. We also provide experimental confirmation of the model results. PMID:22358164

  19. Nonlinear optical microscopy improvement by focal-point axial modulation

    Dashtabi, Mahdi Mozdoor; Massudi, Reza

    2016-05-01

    Among the most important challenges of microscopy-even more important than the resolution enhancement, especially in biological and neuroscience applications-is noninvasive and label-free imaging deeper into live scattering samples. However, the fundamental limitation on imaging depth is the signal-to-background ratio in scattering biological tissues. Here, using a vibrating microscope objective in conjunction with a lock-in amplifier, we demonstrate the background cancellation in imaging the samples surrounded by turbid and scattering media, which leads to more clear images deeper into the samples. Furthermore, this technique offers the localization and resolution enhancement as well as resolves ambiguities in signal interpretation, using a single-color laser. This technique is applicable to most nonlinear as well as some linear point-scanning optical microscopies.

  20. Simplified architecture for photonic analog-to-digital conversion, utilizing an array of optical modulators

    Gevorgyan, Hayk; Khilo, Anatol

    2016-03-01

    In this work a novel photonic sampled and electronically quantized analog-to-digital converter (ADC) system is introduced. High overall sampling rate and relaxed analog bandwidth requirements for photodetectors and electronic quantizers are attained by multichannel architecture. The proposed scheme, with a dedicated electro-optic modulator for each of the channels, is much simpler and has a perspective to outreach the performance of a similar time- wavelength demultiplexed photonic ADC. Absolute optical power isolation between the channels completely eliminates the issue of channel crosstalk, resulting in increased power efficiency of the system. Owing to small number of wavelength demultiplexers less wavelength alignment is required, which reduces the complexity of both photonic and electronic subsystems. Due to the significance of having compact, on-chip photonic ADCs, the analysis of integration of proposed system on a silicon platform is performed. The availability of high performance devices in various Si platforms, such as low loss Si waveguides, microring resonator filters, modulators, photodetectors, necessary for building the system, proves that the photonic ADC is well suited for integration on a silicon chip. For integrated version of proposed architecture Si microring resonator modulators are suitable. They are compact, and can have shorter total length of diode phase shifters as compared to Mach-Zehnder modulators, used in time-wavelength demultiplexed photonic ADCs. To achieve large modulation depth and lower nonlinear distortions, the choice of optimum optical bandwidth of microring modulator is analyzed. Finally, the nonlinearity analysis of ring modulators is performed and the influence of nonlinearities on the ADC performance is discussed.

  1. Dynamic acousto-elastic test using continuous probe wave and transient vibration to investigate material nonlinearity.

    Eiras, J N; Vu, Q A; Lott, M; Payá, J; Garnier, V; Payan, C

    2016-07-01

    This study demonstrates the feasibility of the dynamic acousto-elastic effect of a continuous high frequency wave for investigating the material nonlinearity upon transient vibration. The approach is demonstrated on a concrete sample measuring 15×15×60cm(3). Two ultrasonic transducers (emitter and receiver) are placed at its middle span. A continuous high frequency wave of 500kHz propagates through the material and is modulated with a hammer blow. The position of the hammer blow on the sample is configured to promote the first bending mode of vibration. The use of a continuous wave allows discrete time extraction of the nonlinear behavior by a short-time Fourier transform approach, through the simultaneous comparison of a reference non-modulated signal and an impact-modulated signal. The hammer blow results in phase shifts and variations of signal amplitude between reference and perturbed signals, which are driven by the resonant frequency of the sample. Finally, a comprehensive analysis of the relaxation mechanisms (modulus and attenuation recovery) is conducted to untangle the coupled fast and slow hysteretic effects. PMID:27018754

  2. Monolithic InP-based fast optical switch module for optical networks of the future

    Xi, Chen; Regan, James; Durrant, Tim; Shu, Yi; Saridis, George; Simeonidou, Dimitra; Kamchevska, Valerija; Fagertun, Anna Manolova; Yu, Siyuan

    We summarized the development of Venture Photonics’ sub-10 ns fast optical switch which demonstrates low insertion loss, excellent crosstalk level and polarization independent switching performance.......We summarized the development of Venture Photonics’ sub-10 ns fast optical switch which demonstrates low insertion loss, excellent crosstalk level and polarization independent switching performance....

  3. Electro-optic modulation in bulk silicon using surface plasmon resonance

    Debnath, Kapil; Damas, Pedro; O'Faolain, Liam

    2016-01-01

    We propose and present simulated results for a new design of an optical modulator based on Surface Plasmon Polariton (SPP) resonance. The modulator is realized on a bulk silicon substrate, thus offering an opportunity for front-end integration with electronic circuits. The device consists of a dielectric waveguide evanescently coupled to a SPP mode at the interface between bulk silicon and metal. By using SPP resonance we achieved an ultra-high spectral sensitivity (∼5000 nm/refractive index unit) with large modulation bandwidth (90 nm). For a refractive index change of 0.02, we achieved 100 nm shift in resonance wavelength and a modulation depth of ∼10 dB.

  4. Assessment of absolute added correlative coding in optical intensity modulation and direct detection channels

    Dong-Nhat, Nguyen; Elsherif, Mohamed A.; Malekmohammadi, Amin

    2016-06-01

    The performance of absolute added correlative coding (AACC) modulation format with direct detection has been numerically and analytically reported, targeting metro data center interconnects. Hereby, the focus lies on the performance of the bit error rate, noise contributions, spectral efficiency, and chromatic dispersion tolerance. The signal space model of AACC, where the average electrical and optical power expressions are derived for the first time, is also delineated. The proposed modulation format was also compared to other well-known signaling, such as on-off-keying (OOK) and four-level pulse-amplitude modulation, at the same bit rate in a directly modulated vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser-based transmission system. The comparison results show a clear advantage of AACC in achieving longer fiber delivery distance due to the higher dispersion tolerance.

  5. Dynamic complex optical fields for optical manipulation, 3D microscopy, and photostimulation of neurotransmitters

    Daria, Vincent R.; Stricker, Christian; Bekkers, John; Redman, Steve; Bachor, Hans

    2010-08-01

    We demonstrate a multi-functional system capable of multiple-site two-photon excitation of photo-sensitive compounds as well as transfer of optical mechanical properties on an array of mesoscopic particles. We use holographic projection of a single Ti:Sapphire laser operating in femtosecond pulse mode to show that the projected three-dimensional light patterns have sufficient spatiotemporal photon density for multi-site two-photon excitation of biological fluorescent markers and caged neurotransmitters. Using the same laser operating in continuous-wave mode, we can use the same light patterns for non-invasive transfer of both linear and orbital angular momentum on a variety of mesoscopic particles. The system also incorporates high-speed scanning using acousto-optic modulators to rapidly render 3D images of neuron samples via two-photon microscopy.

  6. Multi-channel compact optical zoom module by using microlenses

    Liao, Wei-Hsiang; Su, Guo-Dung J.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we propose a multi-channel imaging system, which combines the principles of an insect's compound eye and optical zoom. We use the distance between two aspherical lenses to achieve zoom effect. In order to shrink the thickness of the system, we use the multi-channel structure which consists of curved micolens array. With this architecture, we can achieve the same effect like lens group. Each partial image passes through each channel separately and is stitched together at the image sensor. In our design, the thickness is 6.57 mm (wide), 6.25 mm (mid), 6.4 mm (tele) and the effective focal length is 2.2 mm( wide), 2.97 mm (mid), 4.04 mm (tele). Zoom ratio is close to 2 times. The size of image sensor is 6 mm in diameter. Due to the advance in microlens fabrication of microlens, this design has the potential to bed used inside mobile phone camera in future.

  7. Giga-bit optical data transmission module for Beam Instrumentation

    Roedne, L T; Cenkeramaddi, L R; Jiao, L

    Particle accelerators require electronic instrumentation for diagnostic, assessment and monitoring during operation of the transferring and circulating beams. A sensor located near the beam provides an electrical signal related to the observable quantity of interest. The front-end electronics provides analog-to-digital conversion of the quantity being observed and the generated data are to be transferred to the external digital back-end for data processing, and to display to the operators and logging. This research project investigates the feasibility of radiation-tolerant giga-bit data transmission over optic fibre for beam instrumentation applications, starting from the assessment of the state of the art technology, identification of challenges and proposal of a system level solution, which should be validated with a PCB design in an experimental setup. Radiation tolerance of 10 kGy (Si) Total Ionizing Dose (TID) over 10 years of operation, Bit Error Rate (BER) 10-6 or better. The findings and results of th...

  8. A Novel Technique of Measuring SOA Differential Carrier Lifetime and a -Factor Using SOA Optical Modulation Response

    Ki-Hyuk; Lee; Woo-Young; Choi

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate a new technique of measuring differential carrier lifetime and linewidth enhancement factor in a semiconductor optical amplifier. In our method, the optical responses and fiber transfer functions of a self-gain modulated SOA are measured and, from these, values of carrier lifetimes and linewidth enhancement factors are determined for various SOA input optical powers.

  9. Two-photon microscopy with diffractive optical elements and spatial light modulators

    Brendon O Watson

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Two-photon microscopy is often performed at slow frame rates, due to the need to serially scan all points in a field of view with a single laser beam. To overcome this problem, we have developed two optical methods that split and multiplex a laser beam across the sample. In the first method a diffractive optical element (DOE generates a fixed number of beamlets that are scanned in parallel, resulting in a corresponding increase in speed, or in signal-to-noise ratio, in time-lapse measurements. The second method uses a computer-controlled spatial light modulator (SLM, to generate any arbitrary spatio-temporal light pattern. With an SLM one can image or photostimulate any predefined region of the image, such as neurons or dendritic spines. In addition, SLMs can be used to mimic a large number of optical transfer functions, including light path corrections or as adaptive optical devices.

  10. Electro-optic properties of potassium hydrogen phthalate crystal and its application as modulators

    Potassium hydrogen phthalate crystal is a good nonlinear optical system. Its electro-optic coefficient r131 is measured for a wavelength of 670 nm and it is found to be of the order of that of urea crystal (1.06 pm V-1). The dispersion study for the effective Pockels coefficients reff r113-r112, is carried out for this crystal, and the electronic part of the electro-optic coefficient is shown to play an important role in the potassium hydrogen phthalate crystal. The electro-optical dispersion birefringence constant is found to be -1.11. Modulators based on KAP possess good figure of merits. The figure of merit that has been measured, corresponding to the wavelength of 670 nm is 9.5 pm V-1

  11. James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element Integrated Science Instrument Module (OTIS) Status

    Feinberg, Lee; Voyton, Mark; Lander, Julie; Keski-Kuha, Ritva; Matthews, Gary

    2016-01-01

    The James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element (OTE) and Integrated ScienceInstrument Module (ISIM)are integrated together to form the OTIS. Once integrated, the OTIS undergoes primary mirrorcenter of curvatureoptical tests, electrical and operational tests, acoustics and vibration testing at the Goddard SpaceFlight Center beforebeing shipped to the Johnson Space Center for cryogenic optical testing of the OTIS. In preparationfor the cryogenicoptical testing, the JWST project has built a Pathfinder telescope and has completed two OpticalGround SystemEquipment (OGSE) cryogenic optical tests with the Pathfinder. In this paper, we will summarize opticaltest results todate and status the final Pathfinder test and the OTIS integration and environmental test preparations

  12. Method to Enhance the Operation of an Optical Inspection Instrument Using Spatial Light Modulators

    Trolinger, James; Lal, Amit; Jo, Joshua; Kupiec, Stephen

    2012-01-01

    For many aspheric and freeform optical components, existing interferometric solutions require a custom computer-generated hologram (CGH) to characterize the part. The overall objective of this research is to develop hardware and a procedure to produce a combined, dynamic, Hartmann/ Digital Holographic interferometry inspection system for a wide range of advanced optical components, including aspheric and freeform optics. This new instrument would have greater versatility and dynamic range than currently available measurement systems. The method uses a spatial light modulator to pre-condition wavefronts for imaging, interferometry, and data processing to improve the resolution and versatility of an optical inspection instrument. Existing interferometers and Hartmann inspection systems have either too small a dynamic range or insufficient resolution to characterize conveniently unusual optical surfaces like aspherical and freeform optics. For interferometers, a specially produced, computer-generated holographic optical element is needed to transform the wavefront to within the range of the interferometer. A new hybrid wavefront sensor employs newly available spatial light modulators (SLMs) as programmable holographic optical elements (HOEs). The HOE is programmed to enable the same instrument to inspect an optical element in stages, first by a Hartmann measurement, which has a very large dynamic range but less resolution. The first measurement provides the information required to precondition a reference wave that avails the measurement process to the more precise phase shifting interferometry. The SLM preconditions a wavefront before it is used to inspect an optical component. This adds important features to an optical inspection system, enabling not just wavefront conditioning for null testing and dynamic range extension, but also the creation of hybrid measurement procedures. This, for example, allows the combination of dynamic digital holography and Hartmann

  13. All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration using an electroabsorption modulator

    Højfeldt, Sune; Bischoff, Svend; Mørk, Jesper

    2000-01-01

    All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration based on cross-absorption modulation in an InGaAsP quantum well electroabsorption modulator (EAM) is studied at different bit rates. We present theoretical results showing wavelength conversion efficiency in agreement with existing...... experimental results, and the signal regeneration capability of the device is investigated. In particular, we demonstrate the dependence of the extinction ratio of both the converted signal and the control signal on the device length and on the power level of the control signal. We also show how the sweep...

  14. 12.5 Gb/s carrier-injection silicon Mach-Zehnder optical modulator

    Chen Hongtao; Ding Jianfeng; Yang Lin

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate a 12.5 Gb/s carrier-injection silicon Mach-Zehnder optical modulator.Under a nonreturn-zero (NRZ) pre-emphasized electrical drive signal with voltage swing of 6.3 V and forward bias of 0.7 V,the eye is clearly opened with an extinction ratio of 8.4 dB.The device exhibits high modulation efficiency,with a figure of merit VπL of 0.036 V.mm.

  15. Optimization of optical beam steering in nonlinear Kerr media by spatial phase modulation

    The optimum conditions for optical beam steering by spatial phase modulation in nonlinear Kerr media are obtained by use of the conservation laws of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation together with the moment method. The operating conditions under which the deflection angle is largest and the deflected beam carries the most energy in the form of a spatial soliton are determined. The analytical theory is applied to both planar waveguides and bulk Kerr media. The analytical predictions are compared with numerical simulations for the case of sinusoidal spatial phase modulation. Good agreement has been found between the analytical results and computer simulations

  16. Sub-cycle QAM modulation for VCSEL-based optical fiber links

    Pham, Tien-Thang; Rodes Lopez, Roberto; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee;

    2013-01-01

    . Real-time generated 10-Gbps 4-level QAM signal in a 7.5-GHz bandwidth utilizing subcarrier frequency at a half symbol rate was successfully transmitted over 20-km SMF using an un-cooled 1.5-μm VCSEL. Only 2.5-dB fiber transmission power penalty was observed with no equalization applied.......QAM modulation utilizing subcarrier frequency lower than the symbol rate is both theoretically and experimentally investigated. High spectral efficiency and concentration of power in low frequencies make sub-cycle QAM signals attractive for optical fiber links with direct modulated light sources...

  17. Electronic heterodyne recording and processing of optical holograms using phase modulated reference waves

    Decker, A. J.; Pao, Y.-H.; Claspy, P. C.

    1978-01-01

    The use of a phase-modulated reference wave for the electronic heterodyne recording and processing of a hologram is described. Heterodyne recording is used to eliminate the self-interference terms of a hologram and to create a Leith-Upatnieks hologram with coaxial object and reference waves. Phase modulation is also shown to be the foundation of a multiple-view hologram system. When combined with hologram scale transformations, heterodyne recording is the key to general optical processing. Spatial filtering is treated as an example.

  18. NESTOR and SADCO in the Mediterranean. Tests of modules of deep underwater optical and acoustical neutrino detectors near Pylos, Greece

    The results of the Soviet-Greek tests of the 10 PMTs deep undersea detector module for NESTOR - optical neutrino telescope near Pylos, Greece are presented. The vertical muon intensity and the angular distribution of muons at 3000-4000 m depths were measured by that module during r/v ''VITYAZ'' cruise in July-91. The effective registration area of the module for vertical muons was evaluated to be close to 400 m. The proposal to construct 10 m NESTOR by the module principle to install a few supermodules or superstrings modules (each superstring consists of 6 modules) is under consideration. (orig.)

  19. Implementation of pulse interval modulation based on dualmapping technique for optical wireless communications

    ZHANG Tie-ying; WANG Hong-xing; HU Hao; CONG Pei-sheng

    2009-01-01

    Aiming at implementing the digital pulse interval modulation (DPIM) for optical wireless communications (OWC), a dual-mapping technique is presented. The scheme of DPIM train based upon the dual-mapping technique is given. Its slot error rate is derived for the avalanche photonic diode (APD) receiver model, and is compared with that of classical DPIM. Simulation results show that the dual-mapping DPIM (D-DPIM), which has a fixed slot length, only has marginally inferior error performance, but can solve waiting slots or buffer overflowing in comparison with DPIM. Hence, it is suitable for the optical wireless communication systems.

  20. The optical modules of the phase-2 of the NEMO project

    Aiello, S.; Leonora, E.; Ameli, F.; Anghinolfi, M.; Anzalone, A.; Barbarino, G.; Barbarito, E.; Barbato, F.; Bersani, A.; Beverini, N.; Biagi, S.; Bonori, M.; Bouhadef, B.; Bozza, C.; Cacopardo, G.; Capone, A.; Caruso, F.; Ceres, A.; Chiarusi, T.; Circella, M.; Cocimano, R.; Coniglione, R.; Cordelli, M.; Costa, M.; D'Amico, A.; De Asmundis, R.; De Bonis, G.; De Rosa, G.; De Vita, R.; Distefano, C.; Fermani, P.; Flaminio, V.; Fusco, L. A.; Garufi, F.; Giordano, V.; Giovanetti, G.; Grella, G.; Grimaldi, A.; Habel, R.; Imbesi, M.; Kulikovsky, V.; Lattuada, D.; Leotta, G.; Lonardo, A.; Longhitano, F.; Lo Presti, D.; Maccioni, E.; Margiotta, A.; Marinelli, A.; Martini, A.; Masullo, R.; Maugeri, F.; Migliozzi, P.; Migneco, E.; Minutoli, S.; Miraglia, A.; Mollo, C.; Mongelli, M.; Morganti, M.; Musico, P.; Musumeci, M.; Nicolau, C. A.; Orlando, A.; Papaleo, R.; Pappalardo, V.; Pellegrino, C.; Perrina, C.; Piattelli, P.; Pugliatti, C.; Pulvirenti, S.; Raffaelli, F.; Raia, G.; Randazzo, N.; Riccobene, G.; Rovelli, A.; Russo, A.; Russo, G. V.; Sapienza, P.; Sciliberto, D.; Sedita, M.; Sgura, I.; Shirokov, E.; Simeone, F.; Sipala, V.; Sollima, C.; Spina, M.; Spurio, M.; Stefani, F.; Taiuti, M.; Terreni, G.; Trasatti, L.; Trovato, A.; Vicini, P.; Viola, S.; Vivolo, D.

    2013-07-01

    A 13-inch Optical Module (OM) containing a large-area (10-inch) photomultiplier was designed as part of Phase-2 of the NEMO project. An intense R&D activity on the photomultipliers, the voltage supply boards, the optical coupling as well as the study of the influences of the Earth's magnetic field has driven the choice of each single component of the OM. Following a well-established production procedure, 32 OMs were assembled and their functionality tested. The design, the testing and the production phases are thoroughly described in this paper.

  1. The optical modules of the phase-2 of the NEMO project

    A 13-inch Optical Module (OM) containing a large-area (10-inch) photomultiplier was designed as part of Phase-2 of the NEMO project. An intense R and D activity on the photomultipliers, the voltage supply boards, the optical coupling as well as the study of the influences of the Earth's magnetic field has driven the choice of each single component of the OM. Following a well-established production procedure, 32 OMs were assembled and their functionality tested. The design, the testing and the production phases are thoroughly described in this paper

  2. Speckle decorrelation in Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography made by heterodyne holography

    Gross, M

    2016-01-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography (UOT) is a technique that images optical contrast deep inside scattering media. Heterodyne holography is a promising tool able to detect the UOT tagged photons with high efficiency. In this work, we describe theoretically the detection of the tagged photon in heterodyne holography based UOT, show how to filter the untagged photon discuss, and discuss the effect of speckle decorrelation. We show that optimal detection sensitivity can obtain, if the frame exposure time is of the order of the decorrelation time.

  3. On the Theory of the Modulation Instability in Optical Fiber and Laser Amplifiers

    Rubenchik, A M; Turitsyn, S K; Fedoruk, M P

    2010-11-03

    The modulation instability (MI) in optical fiber amplifiers and lasers with anomalous dispersion leads to CW beam breakup and the growth of multiple pulses. This can be both a detrimental effect, limiting the performance of amplifiers, and also an underlying physical mechanism in the operation of MI-based devices. Here we revisit the analytical theory of MI in fiber optical amplifiers. The results of the exact theory are compared with the previously used adiabatic approximation model, and the range of applicability of the latter is determined. The same technique is applicable to the study of spatial MI in solid state laser amplifiers and MI in non-uniform media.

  4. On the Theory of the Modulation Instability in Optical Fibre Amplifiers

    Turitsyn, S K; Rubenchik, A M; Fedoruk, M P

    2010-05-10

    The modulation instability (MI) in optical fiber amplifiers and lasers with anomalous dispersion leads to CW radiation break-up and growth of multiple pulses. This can be both a detrimental effect limiting the performance of amplifiers, and also an underlying physical mechanism in the operation of MI-based devices. Here we revisit the analytical theory of MI in fiber optical amplifiers. The results of the exact theory are compared with the previously used adiabatic approximation model and the range of applicability of the later is determined.

  5. The multi-PMT optical module for KM3NeT

    In the future neutrino telescope KM3NeT a novel type of optical module (OM) will be employed to optimize the sensitivity to Cherenkov photons and maximize the environmental background suppression. The multi-PMT OM, a pressure-resistant glass sphere containing 31 photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) of 3-in. diameter, has been developed and prototyped including electronics for high-voltage generation, signal digitization and optical signal transmission. Monte-Carlo simulations show that a multi-PMT OM configuration requires three times less OMs to achieve the same performance as conventional OMs hosting 10-in. PMTs

  6. Optical modulation of electron beam using the opto-semiconductor device on the photocathode RF gun for the radiation therapy

    The radiation therapy of cancer is developing to un-uniform irradiation, for concentrating dose to a tumor and reducing dose to normal tissue. For the un-uniform irradiation, optical modulation of electron beam using the Digital Micro Mirror Device was studied on a photocathode RF gun. The optical modulation of electron beam and dynamic control succeeded by a digital micro mirror device. Fundamental data such as the spatial resolution and the contrast of the optical modulated electron beam was measured. It will be reported that the relations between the intensity distribution and the emittance. (author)

  7. Design and mass production of the optical modules for KM3NeT-Italia project

    Leonora Emanuele

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The KM3NeT European project aims at constructing a km3 underwater neutrino telescope in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The first phase that is under construction will comprise eight tower-like detection structures (KM3NeT-Italia, which will form the internal core of a km3-scale detector. The detection element of KM3NeT-Italia, the optical module, is made of a 13-inch pressure-resistant glass-vessel that contains a single 10-inch photomultiplier and the relative electronics. The design of the whole optical module, the main results obtained from the massive photomultipliers measurements, and the foremost phases of the mass production procedure performed at the production site of Catania are also presented.

  8. Semiconductor optical amplifier direct modulation with double-stage birefringent fiber loop

    Engel, Thomas; Rizou, Zoe V.; Zoiros, Kyriakos E.; Morel, Pascal

    2016-06-01

    The feasibility of cascading two birefringent fiber loops (BFLs) for directly modulating a conventional semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) at a faster data rate than that being possible by its limited electrical bandwidth is demonstrated for the first time. The experimental results reveal the improvements in the quality characteristics of the encoded signal compared to those achieved with a single-stage BFL. The observed trends are complemented by numerical simulations, which allow to investigate the impact of the double-stage BFL detuning and specify how this critical parameter must be selected for enhanced performance. Provided that it is properly tailored, the proposed optical notch filtering scheme efficiently compensates for the pattern-dependent SOA response and enables this element to be employed as intensity modulator with improved performance at enhanced data speeds.

  9. Design and mass production of the optical modules for KM3NeT-Italia project

    Leonora, Emanuele; Aiello, Sebastiano; Giordano, Valentina

    2016-04-01

    The KM3NeT European project aims at constructing a km3 underwater neutrino telescope in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The first phase that is under construction will comprise eight tower-like detection structures (KM3NeT-Italia), which will form the internal core of a km3-scale detector. The detection element of KM3NeT-Italia, the optical module, is made of a 13-inch pressure-resistant glass-vessel that contains a single 10-inch photomultiplier and the relative electronics. The design of the whole optical module, the main results obtained from the massive photomultipliers measurements, and the foremost phases of the mass production procedure performed at the production site of Catania are also presented.

  10. Modulated alignment dual-axis (MAD) confocal microscopy for deep optical sectioning in tissues

    Leigh, Steven Y.; Chen, Ye; Liu, Jonathan T. C.

    2014-05-01

    A strategy is presented to enable optical-sectioning microscopy with improved contrast and imaging depth using low-power (0.5 mW) diode laser illumination. While the DAC architecture's intersecting illumination and collection beams significantly improves the spatial-filtering and opticalsectioning performance of confocal microscopy, we propose that modulating the spatial alignment of the dual-axis beams at a frequency f, such the focal volume signal of the microscope is modulated at 2f, further provides nearly an order-of-magnitude improvement in optical-sectioning contrast. Lock-in detection is used to remove the unmodulated background light, thereby enhancing our ability to image deeply within highly scattering tissues.

  11. A launching vehicle for optical modules of a deep-sea neutrino telescope

    KM3NeT is a future deep-sea research facility that will be built at depths between 3 and 5 km in the Mediterranean Sea. The facility will host a neutrino telescope consisting of several hundreds of detection units—vertical mechanical structures that suspend the optical sensor modules of the telescope. During the design phase of the KM3NeT telescope, two concepts for the mechanical design for the detection unit have been worked out, one of which is a mooring consisting of two parallel ropes with 20 optical sensor modules attached at regular intervals; a data cable runs along the full length of the structure. For this design, which usually is referred to as a string, a novel deployment method using a recyclable launching vehicle has been successfully tested during two cruises in the Ionian Sea. We will present the design and the results of the deployment tests

  12. A launching vehicle for optical modules of a deep-sea neutrino telescope

    Wolf, E. de, E-mail: e.dewolf@nikhef.nl [Nikhef, Science Park 105, 1098 XG Amsterdam (Netherlands); University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (Netherlands); Bakker, R. [NIOZ Royal Institute for Sea Research, Texel (Netherlands); Boer Rookhuizen, H. [Nikhef, Science Park 105, 1098 XG Amsterdam (Netherlands); Gostiaux, L. [CNRS/Grenoble-INP/UJF-Grenoble, LEGI UMR 5519, Grenoble F-38041 (France); Groenewegen, R.; Haren, H. van; Heerwaarden, J. van; Hillebrand, Th.; Laan, M. [NIOZ Royal Institute for Sea Research, Texel (Netherlands); Smit, A. [Smit Techniek, Texel (Netherlands)

    2013-10-11

    KM3NeT is a future deep-sea research facility that will be built at depths between 3 and 5 km in the Mediterranean Sea. The facility will host a neutrino telescope consisting of several hundreds of detection units—vertical mechanical structures that suspend the optical sensor modules of the telescope. During the design phase of the KM3NeT telescope, two concepts for the mechanical design for the detection unit have been worked out, one of which is a mooring consisting of two parallel ropes with 20 optical sensor modules attached at regular intervals; a data cable runs along the full length of the structure. For this design, which usually is referred to as a string, a novel deployment method using a recyclable launching vehicle has been successfully tested during two cruises in the Ionian Sea. We will present the design and the results of the deployment tests.

  13. Energy modulation of nonrelativistic electrons in an optical near field on a metal microslit

    Ishikawa, R.; Bae, J.; Mizuno, K.

    2001-04-01

    Energy modulation of nonrelativistic electrons with a laser beam using a metal microslit as an interaction circuit has been investigated. An optical near field is induced in the proximity of the microslit by illumination of the laser beam. The electrons passing close to the slit are accelerated or decelerated by an evanescent wave contained in the near field whose phase velocity is equal to the velocity of the electrons. The electron-evanescent wave interaction in the microslit has been analyzed theoretically and experimentally. The theory has predicted that electron energy can be modulated at optical frequencies. Experiments performed in the infrared region have verified theoretical predictions. The electron-energy changes of more than ±5 eV with a 10 kW CO2 laser pulse at the wavelength of 10.6 μm has been successfully observed for an electron beam with an energy of less than 80 keV.

  14. Sensitivity of a multi-photomultiplier optical module for KM3NeT

    For the KM3NeT neutrino telescope an optical module with a number of small photomultiplier tubes (multi-PMT optical module) will be advantageous for various reasons, e.g. reduced background rate, a larger number of coincidence hits, and sensitivity to ultra-high energy neutrinos. The properties of such a design have been investigated by measurements and simulations. Several types of 3 in. PMT were exposed to LED light pulses with intensities down to the single-photon level. The simulation tool Sirene for a photo-sensor based neutrino telescope has been applied to allow a comparison with the ANTARES detector. All muon directions can be observed with an improved identification and rejection of atmospheric muons. For up-going neutrinos and down-going muons the multi-PMT arrangement shows a better performance in both the photo-electron response and in the number-of-hits response as compared to the present ANTARES design.

  15. Wideband Analog Transmission System Based on the External Intensity Electro-Optic Modulator

    Jiri Svarny

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The work deals with design and integration of an analog electro-optic transmission system suitable for some specialized tasks of diagnostics and measurements. The system is based on principle of external intensity modulation of fiber guided laser radiation. Besides wideband and almost lossless transmission the system tolerates extreme length of the transmitting medium and ensures ultimate galvanic barrier between the input and output.

  16. Instrumentation system for determination and compensation of electro-optic modulator transfer function drift

    This paper presents an instrumentation system developed to improve the operation of an electro-optic modulator (EOM). During their operating time, EOM are subject to a drift of the optical transfer function; therefore the initial tuning of the bias point no longer corresponds to the best characteristics of the device. Because of this drift the EOM no longer behaves linearly and there is degradation during time of the performances of the system in which the EOM is included. To determine the drift, a low frequency modulation signal (at 500 Hz) is applied to the EOM and the second harmonic component at 1 kHz is detected. A new criterion is introduced for estimating the nonlinearity and for compensating the drift of the transfer function, keeping the optical bias point at the quadrature position. Temperature changes significantly influence the EOM characteristics. Thus, the instrumentation system has to be simultaneously developed with temperature control and drift compensation of the optical transfer function. The design is based on PSOC microcontrollers for tuning the different parameters, for data acquisition and regulation process. By setting the temperature to some specific values, it is possible to test the behaviour of the modulator. Finally, by using both temperature and bias point control, a significant reduction of the nonlinearity can be obtained during 2 h of experiment: the biasing point at the quadrature point of the transfer function which corresponds to the most linear behaviour can be stabilized within ±0.22% of the half-wave voltage. All the works presented here were carried out with a Mach–Zehnder intensity modulator made of lithium niobate, but it is also possible to apply this method to other kinds of material, for example polymer material

  17. Instrumentation system for determination and compensation of electro-optic modulator transfer function drift

    Thanh Bui, Dang; Thanh Nguyen, Chi; Ledoux-Rak, Isabelle; Zyss, Joseph; Journet, Bernard

    2011-12-01

    This paper presents an instrumentation system developed to improve the operation of an electro-optic modulator (EOM). During their operating time, EOM are subject to a drift of the optical transfer function; therefore the initial tuning of the bias point no longer corresponds to the best characteristics of the device. Because of this drift the EOM no longer behaves linearly and there is degradation during time of the performances of the system in which the EOM is included. To determine the drift, a low frequency modulation signal (at 500 Hz) is applied to the EOM and the second harmonic component at 1 kHz is detected. A new criterion is introduced for estimating the nonlinearity and for compensating the drift of the transfer function, keeping the optical bias point at the quadrature position. Temperature changes significantly influence the EOM characteristics. Thus, the instrumentation system has to be simultaneously developed with temperature control and drift compensation of the optical transfer function. The design is based on PSOC microcontrollers for tuning the different parameters, for data acquisition and regulation process. By setting the temperature to some specific values, it is possible to test the behaviour of the modulator. Finally, by using both temperature and bias point control, a significant reduction of the nonlinearity can be obtained during 2 h of experiment: the biasing point at the quadrature point of the transfer function which corresponds to the most linear behaviour can be stabilized within ±0.22% of the half-wave voltage. All the works presented here were carried out with a Mach-Zehnder intensity modulator made of lithium niobate, but it is also possible to apply this method to other kinds of material, for example polymer material.

  18. Direct Measurement of Local Chromatin Fluidity Using Optical Trap Modulation Force Spectroscopy

    Roopa, T.; Shivashankar, G. V.

    2006-01-01

    Chromatin assembly is condensed by histone tail-tail interactions and other nuclear proteins into a highly compact structure. Using an optical trap modulation force spectroscopy, we probe the effect of tail interactions on local chromatin fluidity. Chromatin fibers, purified from mammalian cells, are tethered between a microscope coverslip and a glass micropipette. Mechanical unzipping of tail interactions, using the micropipette, lead to the enhancement of local fluidity. This is measured us...

  19. Pixel size and pitch measurements of liquid crystal spatial light modulator by optical diffraction

    Ravinder Kumar Banyal; B Raghavendra Prasad

    2005-08-01

    We present a simple technique for the determination of pixel size and pitch of liquid crystal (LC) based spatial light modulator (SLM). The proposed method is based on optical diffraction from pixelated LC panel that has been modeled as a two-dimensional array of rectangular apertures. A novel yet simple, two-plane measurement technique is implemented to circumvent the difficulty in absolute distance measurement. Experimental results are presented for electrically addressed twisted nematic LC-SLM removed from the display projector.

  20. Modulation of walking speed by changing optic flow in persons with stroke

    Lamontagne Anouk; Fung Joyce; McFadyen Bradford J; Faubert Jocelyn

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background Walking speed, which is often reduced after stroke, can be influenced by the perception of optic flow (OF) speed. The present study aims to: 1) compare the modulation of walking speed in response to OF speed changes between persons with stroke and healthy controls and 2) investigate whether virtual environments (VE) manipulating OF speed can be used to promote volitional changes in walking speed post stroke. Methods Twelve persons with stroke and 12 healthy individuals wal...

  1. Optical detection and modulation at 2µm-2.5µm in silicon

    Thomson, D. J.; Shen, L; Ackert, J.J.; Huante-Ceron, E.; Knights, A. P.; Nedeljković, M.; A. C. Peacock; Mashanovich, G. Z.

    2014-01-01

    Recently the 2?m wavelength region has emerged as an exciting prospect for the next generation of telecommunications. In this paper we experimentally characterise silicon based plasma dispersion effect optical modulation and defect based photodetection in the 2-2.5?m wavelength range. It is shown that the effectiveness of the plasma dispersion effect is dramatically increased in this wavelength window as compared to the traditional telecommunications wavelengths of 1.3?m and 1.55?m. Experimen...

  2. Jitter model and signal processing techniques for pulse width modulation optical recording

    Liu, Max M.-K.

    1991-01-01

    A jitter model and signal processing techniques are discussed for data recovery in Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) optical recording. In PWM, information is stored through modulating sizes of sequential marks alternating in magnetic polarization or in material structure. Jitter, defined as the deviation from the original mark size in the time domain, will result in error detection if it is excessively large. A new approach is taken in data recovery by first using a high speed counter clock to convert time marks to amplitude marks, and signal processing techniques are used to minimize jitter according to the jitter model. The signal processing techniques include motor speed and intersymbol interference equalization, differential and additive detection, and differential and additive modulation.

  3. All-fiber optical modulator based on no-core fiber and magnetic fluid as cladding

    An all-fiber optical modulator, which is composed of a piece of no-core fiber spliced between two sections of single-mode fibers and uses magnetic fluid (MF) as the cladding of the no-core fiber section, is proposed and investigated experimentally. Due to the tunable refractive index and absorption coefficient of MF, the output intensity can be modulated by controlling an applied magnetic field. The dependences of the modulator’s temporal response on the working wavelength, the magnetic field strength (H), and the MF’s concentration are investigated experimentally. The results are explained qualitatively by the dynamic response process of MF under the action of a magnetic field. The findings are helpful for optimizing this kind of modulator. (paper)

  4. Analysis of efficiently poled electro-optic polymer/Tio2 vertical slot waveguide modulators

    Enami, Y.; Nakamura, H.; Luo, J.; Jen, A. K.-Y.

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the advantages of an electro-optic (EO) polymer/TiO2 vertical slot waveguide modulator based on a low-index EO polymer (SEO125). This modulator can realize a lower half-wave voltage (Vπ)-electrode length (Le) product (VπLe) when compared with hybrid EO polymer (EOP)/sol-gel silica waveguide modulators because of the high mode confinement of the guided light and the high poling efficiency. We show the enhancement of the poling efficiency in these devices when the EO polymers are poled with TiO2 and sol-gel silica layers. We also enhance the EO coefficient to a level of 260 pm/V at a wavelength of 1.31 μm for a high-index EOP (SEO100) deposited on TiO2, a sol-gel silica cladding layer, and an additional interfacial layer.

  5. Performance of closed-loop resonant micro-optic gyro with hybrid digital phase modulation

    Zhang, Jianjie; Wang, Linglan; Ma, Huilian; Jin, Zhonghe

    2015-07-01

    A double closed-loop resonant micro optic gyro (RMOG) employing a hybrid digital phase modulation technique is demonstrated, showing encouraging progress. In this hybrid modulation scheme, the width of one stair of the stair-like digital serrodyne wave is optimized according to the rise time of the digital-to-analogue converter to obtain the maximum sideband suppression. Based on the optimum parameters of the hybrid modulation scheme, a typical bias stability of 0.05/s in 1 hr is demonstrated in an RMOG with a silica waveguide ring resonator having a ring length of 7.9 cm. This is the best long-term performance which has ever been reported in an RMOG to our knowledge.

  6. Characterization benches for neutrino telescope Optical Modules at the APC laboratory

    Avgitas, Theodore; Creusot, Alexandre; Kouchner, Antoine

    2016-04-01

    As has been demonstrated by the first generation of neutrino telescopes Antares and IceCube, precise knowledge of the photon detection efficiency of optical modules is of fundamental importance for the understanding of the instrument and accurate event reconstruction. Dedicated test benches have been developed to measure all related quantities for the Digital Optical Modules of the KM3NeT neutrino telescope being currently deployed in the Mediterranean sea. The first bench is a black box with robotic arms equipped with a calibrated single photon source or laser which enable a precise mapping of the detection efficiency at arbitrary incident angles as well as precise measurements of the time delays induced by the photodetection chain. These measurement can be incorporated and compared to full GEANT MonteCarlo simulations of the optical modules. The second bench is a 2 m×2 m ×2 m water tank equipped with muon hodoscopes on top and bottom. It enables to study and measure the angular dependence of the DOM's detection efficiency of the Cherenkov light produced in water by relativistic muons, thus reproducing in situ detection conditions. We describe these two benches and present their first results and status.

  7. Ultra-thin silicon/electro-optic polymer hybrid waveguide modulators

    Qiu, Feng; Spring, Andrew M. [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Sato, Hiromu [Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Maeda, Daisuke; Ozawa, Masa-aki; Odoi, Keisuke [Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd., 2-10-1 Tuboi Nishi, Funabashi, Chiba 274-8507 (Japan); Aoki, Isao; Otomo, Akira [National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 588-2 Iwaoka, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2492 (Japan); Yokoyama, Shiyoshi, E-mail: s-yokoyama@cm.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-koen Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)

    2015-09-21

    Ultra-thin silicon and electro-optic (EO) polymer hybrid waveguide modulators have been designed and fabricated. The waveguide consists of a silicon core with a thickness of 30 nm and a width of 2 μm. The cladding is an EO polymer. Optical mode calculation reveals that 55% of the optical field around the silicon extends into the EO polymer in the TE mode. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator was prepared using common coplanar electrodes. The measured half-wave voltage of the MZI with 7 μm spacing and 1.3 cm long electrodes is 4.6 V at 1550 nm. The evaluated EO coefficient is 70 pm/V, which is comparable to that of the bulk EO polymer film. Using ultra-thin silicon is beneficial in order to reduce the side-wall scattering loss, yielding a propagation loss of 4.0 dB/cm. We also investigated a mode converter which couples light from the hybrid EO waveguide into a strip silicon waveguide. The calculation indicates that the coupling loss between these two devices is small enough to exploit the potential fusion of a hybrid EO polymer modulator together with a silicon micro-photonics device.

  8. RF-modulated pulsed fiber optic lidar transmitter for improved underwater imaging and communications

    Kimpel, F.; Chen, Y.; Fouron, J.-L.; Akbulut, M.; Engin, D.; Gupta, S.

    2011-03-01

    We present results on the design, development and initial testing of a fiber-optic based RF-modulated lidar transmitter operating at 532nm, for underwater imaging application in littoral waters. The design implementation is based on using state-of-the-art high-speed FPGAs, thereby producing optical waveforms with arbitrary digital-RF-modulated pulse patterns with carrier frequencies >= 3GHz, with a repetition rate of 0.5-1MHz, and with average powers >=5W (at 532nm). Use of RF-modulated bursts above 500MHz, instead of single optical pulse lidar detection, reduces the effect of volumetric backscatter for underwater imaging application, leading to an improved signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and contrast, for a given range. Initial underwater target detection tests conducted at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD, in a large water-tank facility, validates the advantages of this hybrid-lidar-radar (HLR) approach for improved underwater imaging, over a wide range of turbidity levels and both white and black targets. The compact, robust and power-efficient fiber laser architecture lends very well to lidar sensor integration on unmanned-underwater-vehicle (UUV) platforms. HLR transmitters can also provide similar advantages in active-sensing situations dominated by continuous backscatter, e.g. underwater communications, imaging through smoke and fire environment, rotor-craft landing in degraded visual environment, and pointing-tracking of active-EO sensors through fog.

  9. Ultra-thin silicon/electro-optic polymer hybrid waveguide modulators

    Ultra-thin silicon and electro-optic (EO) polymer hybrid waveguide modulators have been designed and fabricated. The waveguide consists of a silicon core with a thickness of 30 nm and a width of 2 μm. The cladding is an EO polymer. Optical mode calculation reveals that 55% of the optical field around the silicon extends into the EO polymer in the TE mode. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) modulator was prepared using common coplanar electrodes. The measured half-wave voltage of the MZI with 7 μm spacing and 1.3 cm long electrodes is 4.6 V at 1550 nm. The evaluated EO coefficient is 70 pm/V, which is comparable to that of the bulk EO polymer film. Using ultra-thin silicon is beneficial in order to reduce the side-wall scattering loss, yielding a propagation loss of 4.0 dB/cm. We also investigated a mode converter which couples light from the hybrid EO waveguide into a strip silicon waveguide. The calculation indicates that the coupling loss between these two devices is small enough to exploit the potential fusion of a hybrid EO polymer modulator together with a silicon micro-photonics device

  10. A fast method for optical simulation of flood maps of light-sharing detector modules

    Shi, Han; Du, Dong; Xu, JianFeng; Moses, William W.; Peng, Qiyu

    2015-12-01

    Optical simulation of the detector module level is highly desired for Position Emission Tomography (PET) system design. Commonly used simulation toolkits such as GATE are not efficient in the optical simulation of detector modules with complicated light-sharing configurations, where a vast amount of photons need to be tracked. We present a fast approach based on a simplified specular reflectance model and a structured light-tracking algorithm to speed up the photon tracking in detector modules constructed with polished finish and specular reflector materials. We simulated conventional block detector designs with different slotted light guide patterns using the new approach and compared the outcomes with those from GATE simulations. While the two approaches generated comparable flood maps, the new approach was more than 200-600 times faster. The new approach has also been validated by constructing a prototype detector and comparing the simulated flood map with the experimental flood map. The experimental flood map has nearly uniformly distributed spots similar to those in the simulated flood map. In conclusion, the new approach provides a fast and reliable simulation tool for assisting in the development of light-sharing-based detector modules with a polished surface finish and using specular reflector materials.

  11. A study on the optical parts for a semiconductor laser module

    A semiconductor laser module consists of a LD (laser diode) chip that generates a laser beam, two cylindrical lenses to collimate the laser beam, a high-reflection mirror to produce a large output by collecting the laser beam, a collimator lens to guide the laser beam to an optical fiber and a protection filter to block reflected laser light that might damage the LD chip. The cylindrical lenses used in a semiconductor laser module are defined as FACs (fast axis collimators) and SACs (slow axis collimators) and are attached to the system module to control the shape of the laser beam. The FAC lens and the SAC lens are made of a glass material to protect the lenses from thermal deformation. In addition, they have aspheric shapes to improve optical performances. This paper presents a mold core grinding process for an asymmetrical aspheric lens and a GMP (glass molding press), what can be used to make aspheric cylindrical lenses for use as FACs or SACs, and a protection filter made by using IAD (ion-beam-assisted deposition). Finally, we developed the aspheric cylindrical lenses and the protection filter for a 10-W semiconductor laser module.

  12. A study on the optical parts for a semiconductor laser module

    Oh, Jun-Girl; Lee, Dong-Kil; Kim, Yang-Gyu; Lee, Kwang-Hoon; Park, Young-Sik [Korea Photonics Technology Institute, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Kwang-Ho [Hanvit Optoline, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Seung-Goo [COSET, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-15

    A semiconductor laser module consists of a LD (laser diode) chip that generates a laser beam, two cylindrical lenses to collimate the laser beam, a high-reflection mirror to produce a large output by collecting the laser beam, a collimator lens to guide the laser beam to an optical fiber and a protection filter to block reflected laser light that might damage the LD chip. The cylindrical lenses used in a semiconductor laser module are defined as FACs (fast axis collimators) and SACs (slow axis collimators) and are attached to the system module to control the shape of the laser beam. The FAC lens and the SAC lens are made of a glass material to protect the lenses from thermal deformation. In addition, they have aspheric shapes to improve optical performances. This paper presents a mold core grinding process for an asymmetrical aspheric lens and a GMP (glass molding press), what can be used to make aspheric cylindrical lenses for use as FACs or SACs, and a protection filter made by using IAD (ion-beam-assisted deposition). Finally, we developed the aspheric cylindrical lenses and the protection filter for a 10-W semiconductor laser module.

  13. All-optical characterization of large-signal modulation bandwidth of a monolithically integrated DFB-EA

    Blaaberg, Søren; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Chacinski, Marek; Westergren, Urban; Stoltz, Björn

    We use an all-optical method to characterize the modulation bandwidth of a DFB-EA designed for 100 Gb/s Ethernet. In a large-signal wavelength conversion set-up, we show the device has an all-optical bandwidth of 83 GHz.......We use an all-optical method to characterize the modulation bandwidth of a DFB-EA designed for 100 Gb/s Ethernet. In a large-signal wavelength conversion set-up, we show the device has an all-optical bandwidth of 83 GHz....

  14. Engineering Optics

    Iizuka, Keigo

    2008-01-01

    Engineering Optics is a book for students who want to apply their knowledge of optics to engineering problems, as well as for engineering students who want to acquire the basic principles of optics. It covers such important topics as optical signal processing, holography, tomography, holographic radars, fiber optical communication, electro- and acousto-optic devices, and integrated optics (including optical bistability). As a basis for understanding these topics, the first few chapters give easy-to-follow explanations of diffraction theory, Fourier transforms, and geometrical optics. Practical examples, such as the video disk, the Fresnel zone plate, and many more, appear throughout the text, together with numerous solved exercises. There is an entirely new section in this updated edition on 3-D imaging.

  15. Polarization-dependent all-optical modulator with ultra-high modulation depth based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure

    Xu, Fei; Zheng, Bi-cai; Shao, Guang-hao; Ge, Shi-jun; Lu, Yan-qing

    2015-01-01

    We report an in-line polarization-dependent all-optical fiber modulator based on a stereo graphene-microfiber structure (GMF) by utilizing the lab-on-rod technique. Owing to the unique spring-like geometry, an ultra-long GMF interaction length can be achieved, and an ultra-high modulation depth (MD) of ~7.5 dB and a high modulation efficiency (ME) of ~0.2 dB/mW were demonstrated for one polarization state. The MD and ME are more than one order larger than those of other graphene-waveguide hybrid all-optical modulators. By further optimizing the transferring and cleaning process, the modulator can quickly switch between transparent and opaque states for both the two polarization states with a maximized MD of tens of decibels. This modulator is compatible with current fiber-optic communication systems and may be applied in the near future to meet the impending need for ultrafast optical signal processing.

  16. Double-Slot Hybrid Plasmonic Ring Resonator Used for Optical Sensors and Modulators

    Xu Sun

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available An ultra-high sensitivity double-slot hybrid plasmonic (DSHP ring resonator, used for optical sensors and modulators, is developed. Due to high index contrast, as well as plasmonic enhancement, a considerable part of the optical energy is concentrated in the narrow slots between Si and plasmonic materials (silver is used in this paper, which leads to high sensitivity to the infiltrating materials. By partial opening of the outer plasmonic circular sheet of the DSHP ring, a conventional side-coupled silicon on insulator (SOI bus waveguide can be used. Experimental results demonstrate ultra-high sensitivity (687.5 nm/RIU of the developed DSHP ring resonator, which is about five-times higher than for the conventional Si ring with the same geometry. Further discussions show that a very low detection limit (5.37 × 10−6 RIU can be achieved after loaded Q factor modifications. In addition, the plasmonic metal structures offer also the way to process optical and electronic signals along the same hybrid plasmonic circuits with small capacitance (~0.275 fF and large electric field, which leads to possible applications in compact high-efficiency electro-optic modulators, where no extra electrodes for electronic signals are required.

  17. A laboratory module on radiometry, photometry and colorimetry for an undergraduate optics course

    Polak, Robert D.

    2014-07-01

    The bachelor's degree in Physics at Loyola University Chicago requires both an upper-division course in Optics as well as a companion Optics Laboratory course. Recently, the laboratory course has undergone dramatic changes. Traditional weekly laboratories have been replaced with three laboratory modules, where students focus on a single topic over several weeks after which the students submit a laboratory report written in the style of a journal article following American Institute of Physics style manual. With this method, students are able to gain a deeper understanding of the specific topic areas of radiometry, photometry and colorimetry, lens design and aberrations, and polarization and interference while using industry-standard equipment and simulation software. In particular, this work will provide the details of the laboratory module on radiometry, photometry and colorimetry where students use a photoradiometer and integrating sphere to characterize the optical properties of an LCD monitor, light bulb and a fiber optic light source calculating properties such as luminous flux, luminous intensity, luminance, CIE color coordinates, NTSC ratio, color temperature and luminous efficacy.

  18. Spatial light modulators for full cross-connections in optical networks

    Juday, Richard D. (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A polarization-independent optical switch is disclosed for switching at least one incoming beam from at least one input source to at least one output drain. The switch includes a polarizing beam splitter to split each of the at least one incoming beam into a first input beam and a second input beam, wherein the first input beam and the second input beams are independently polarized; a wave plate optically coupled to the second input beam for converting the polarization of the second input beam to an appropriately polarized second input beam; a beam combiner optically coupled to the first input beam and the modified second input beam, wherein the beam combiner accepts the first input beam and the modified second input beam to produce a combined beam; the combined beam is invariant to the polarization state of the input source's polarization; and a controllable spatial light modulator optically coupled to the combined beam, wherein the combined beam is diffracted by the controllable spatial light modulator to place light at a plurality of output locations.

  19. Magneto-optics of modulation doped quantum wells based on II-VI semiconductor compounds

    Astakhov, G.V.; Ossau, W. [Wuerzburg Univ. (DE). Physikalisches Inst. (EP3)

    2007-07-01

    We review on optical studies of exciton-electron interaction in modulation doped quantum wells (QWs) based on ZnSe and CdTe semiconductor compounds. The optical properties of QWs containing diluted two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) are well described in terms of charged excitons (trions). Their parameters such as oscillator strength, binding energy, and fine structure are considered in details. In case of moderate densities of 2DEGs, when the Fermi energy falls between the trion and exciton binding energies, the optical properties can be understood in terms of combined exciton-electron excitations. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. An all-optical spatial light modulator for field-programmable silicon photonic circuits

    Bruck, Roman; Lalanne, Philippe; Mills, Ben; Thomson, David J; Mashanovich, Goran Z; Reed, Graham T; Muskens, Otto L

    2016-01-01

    Reconfigurable photonic devices capable of routing the flow of light enable flexible integrated-optic circuits that are not hard-wired but can be externally controlled. Analogous to free-space spatial light modulators, we demonstrate all-optical wavefront shaping in integrated silicon-on-insulator photonic devices by modifying the spatial refractive index profile of the device employing ultraviolet pulsed laser excitation. Applying appropriate excitation patterns grants us full control over the optical transfer function of telecommunication-wavelength light travelling through the device, thus allowing us to redefine its functionalities. As a proof-of-concept, we experimentally demonstrate routing of light between the ports of a multimode interference power splitter with more than 97% total efficiency and negligible losses. Wavefront shaping in integrated photonic circuits provides a conceptually new approach toward achieving highly adaptable and field-programmable photonic circuits with applications in optica...