Rate multiplication of a 59-GHz soliton source at 1550 nm

Darwin K. Serkland*, Glenn D. Bartolini, William L. Kath, Prem Kumar, Alan V. Sahakian

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We demonstrate an all-optical scheme to multiply the repetition frequency of a high-rate optical pulse train by using a spectral filter to remove unwanted frequency components. A stable 58.5-GHz soliton pulse source at 1542 nm is filtered with a Fabry-Perot interferometer to achieve 117 and 175.5 GHz output pulse trains. This scheme is generally applicable to rate multiplication of mode-locked pulse trains using various types of spectral filters. All-optical rate conversion of continuous pulse trains may find applications in time division multiplexed optical networks at high bit rates, where electronic methods are cumbersome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-677
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1998


  • Frequency domain synthesis
  • Frequency stability
  • Millimeter wave frequency conversion
  • Millimeter wave generation
  • Optical fiber devices
  • Optical propagation in nonlinear media
  • Optical pulse generation
  • Optical solitons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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