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Miniaturized Optical Microwave Source Using a Dual-Wavelength Whispering Gallery Mode Laser

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6 Author(s)
Lei Xiao ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Xiamen Univ., Xiamen, China ; Trebaol, S. ; Dumeige, Y. ; Zhiping Cai
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We report on the observation of a compact optical microwave source based on a whispering gallery mode (WGM) laser. The use of a single 160-??m diameter erbium-doped glass microsphere and two half fiber tapers allows a dual single-mode laser emission around 1550 nm to be obtained. The generated beat note at 10.86 GHz has a linewidth of 22 kHz. This preliminary experimental demonstration shows the potentialities of erbium-doped WGM resonators for microwave generation.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 8 )

Date of Publication:

April15, 2010

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