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6 August 2019 Feedback method and structure to improve the stability of the OFC-generated system based on electro-optic modulation
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Abstract

A stability improved optical frequency comb (OFC) generation system based on a single integrated polarization multiplexing dual-drive Mach–Zehnder modulator is proposed. Due to the influence of the modulator bias drift on the spectra of the OFC, the amplitude of the OFC spectra would fluctuate with time, which seriously deteriorates the stability of the OFC. The effect of the modulator bias drift on the stability of the OFC is analyzed by theoretical analyses and numerical simulations. A feedback system is proposed to improve the OFC stability. The ratio between the total power of the OFC and the optical carrier power is used as the feedback parameter. In the proof-of-concept experiment, by using the feedback structure, the seven-line OFC stability is experimentally improved from being large than 3 dB within 1.5 h to being below 2 dB more than 4 h.

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Xiangchuan Wang, Wei Wang, Dan Zhu, Angran Zhao, Weijia Ma, Simin Li, and Shilong Pan "Feedback method and structure to improve the stability of the OFC-generated system based on electro-optic modulation," Optical Engineering 58(8), 086102 (6 August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.58.8.086102
Received: 23 May 2019; Accepted: 19 July 2019; Published: 6 August 2019
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