Spectral hole-burning-based optical processing devices are proposed for coherent integration of multiple high-bandwidth interference patterns in a spectral hole-burning medium. In this implementation, 0.5 GHz spectral holographic gratings are dynamically accumulated in Er3+:Y2SiO5" style="position: relative;" tabindex="0" id="MathJax-Element-1-Frame">Er3+:Y2SiO5 at 4.2 K using a 1536 nm laser frequency stabilized to a spectral hole, along with commercial off-the-shelf components. The processed data, representing time delays over 0.5–2.0 μs, were optically read out using a frequency-swept probe; this approach makes possible the use of low-bandwidth, large-dynamic-range detectors and digitizers and enables competitive processing for applications such as radar,lidar, and radio astronomy. Coherent integration dynamics and material advances are reported.
Z. Cole, T. Böttger, R. Krishna Mohan, R. Reibel, W. R. Babbitt, R. L. Cone, and K. D. Merkel. Coherent integration of 0.5 GHz spectral holograms at 1536 nm using dynamic bi-phase codes. Applied Physics Letters 81, 3525 (2002). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1518152