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Broad-band multisection electrooptic modulators

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3 Author(s)
Lax, B. ; Dept. of Phys., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Marino, R.M. ; Eng, R.S.

A general solution has been derived for expressing the conversion of power from a base frequency to a modulation sideband using a multisection electrooptic modulator. The objective is to obtain broadband frequency modulation of a laser by the use of multiple collinear electrooptic crystals with microwave power levels well below the breakdown threshold. It is found that segmented structures lead to greater bandwidths, which increase with the number of modular sections. This is achieved by adjusting the phases of microwaves between sections to maximize the single-sideband conversion efficiency. It is shown that a 10.6-μm CO2 laser modulator with six geometrically identical CdTe sections can potentially achieve a 3-dB bandwidth of nearly 6 GHz using a 10-kW traveling-wave tube operating at 16-GHz center frequency

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 10 )