Generation of ultrashort electrical pulses in semiconductor waveguides

V Loyo-Maldonado, H K Lee, C R Stanley, S V Rao, K Moutzouris, M Ebrahimzadeh, J S Aitchison

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In this letter, we report a novel device capable of generating ultrashort electrical pulses on a coplanar waveguide (CPW) by means of optical rectification. The device consists of a completely passive GaAs-based optical waveguide, which is velocity matched to a CPW line. Optical pulses are injected into the device and electrical pulses are collected at the output. Experimental results obtained in the laboratory show the potential of this device for high speed optical-to-electrical conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-430
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • coplanar waveguides (CPW)
  • electromagnetic propagation
  • nonlinear optics
  • optical pulses
  • optical waveguides
  • optoelectronic devices


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