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Active capture and stabilization of temporal solitons in microresonators

Yi, Xu and Yang, Qi-Fan and Yang, Ki Youl and Vahala, Kerry (2016) Active capture and stabilization of temporal solitons in microresonators. Optics Letters, 41 (9). pp. 2037-2040. ISSN 0146-9592. doi:10.1364/OL.41.002037.

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Soliton mode locking and femtosecond pulse generation have recently been demonstrated in high-Q optical microcavities and provide a new way to miniaturize frequency comb systems, as well as create integrated comb systems on a chip. However, triggering the mode-locking process is complicated by a well-known thermal hysteresis that can destabilize the solitons. Moreover, on a longer time scale, thermal drifting of the cavity resonant frequency relative to the pumping frequency causes loss of mode locking. In this Letter, an active feedback method is used both to capture specific soliton states and to stabilize the states indefinitely. The capture and stabilization method provides a reliable way to overcome thermal effects during soliton formation and to excite a desired number of circulating cavity solitons. It is also used to demonstrate a low pumping power of 22 mW for generation of microwave-repetition-rate solitons on a chip.

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Yi, Xu0000-0002-2485-1104
Yang, Qi-Fan0000-0002-7036-1712
Yang, Ki Youl0000-0002-0587-3201
Vahala, Kerry0000-0003-1783-1380
Additional Information:© 2016 Optical Society of America. Received 10 March 2016; revised 1 April 2016; accepted 1 April 2016; posted 4 April 2016 (Doc. ID 260853); published 26 April 2016. Funding: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (HR0011-15-C-0055, W911NF-14-1-0284); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (KJV.JPLNASA-1-JPL.1459106); National Science Foundation (NSF) (PHY-1125565).
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)HR0011-15-C-0055
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)W911NF-14-1-0284
Issue or Number:9
Classification Code:OCIS codes: (190.0190) Nonlinear optics; (140.3945) Microcavities; (190.3270) Kerr effect; (190.4970) Parametric oscillators and amplifiers (190.7110) Ultrafast nonlinear optics
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Official Citation:Xu Yi, Qi-Fan Yang, Ki Youl Yang, and Kerry Vahala, "Active capture and stabilization of temporal solitons in microresonators," Opt. Lett. 41, 2037-2040 (2016)
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:31 May 2016 17:03
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