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Modeling Optical Time and Frequency Generation and Transfer Systems

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2013,31 Dec 2018

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University of Maryland Baltimore County Baltimore United States

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We describe the results of a project to carry out theoretical and computational modeling of frequency comb sources in support ofexperimental efforts in the DARPA PULSE program. This work had two thrusts. The first was to model the SESAM fiber lasersthat were used by the Newbury team at NIST to carry out free-space frequency transfer experiments. The second was to modelfrequency comb generation in microresonators, focusing on solitons and cnoidal waves. We developed a unique set ofcomputational algorithms based on dynamical systems theory that allowed us to rapidly and unambiguously determine the stabilityand noise performance of the lasers and microresonators. We applied these tools to explain the performance limitations andoptimize the performance of the SESAM lasers. We also used these tools to explain in part the difficulty in accessing solitons andto find a deterministic approach for generating large-bandwidth soliton trains, as a special limit of cnoidal waves.

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  • Lasers and Masers
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Lasers and Masers

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