Coherent detection with an incoherent local oscillator

Antonio Mecozzi, Mark Shtaif

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We demonstrate the feasibility of fully coherent reconstruction of the complex envelope of arbitrary optical fields while using an incoherent source as a local oscillator (LO). The reconstruction relies on a signal processing procedure that we describe, and the only requirement from the system is that the receiver’s electrical bandwidth and sampling rate are at least twice as high as the bandwidth of the received signal and of the LO. The proposed scheme is particularly attractive in spectral regions where no high-quality lasers are available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33970-33981
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
StatePublished - 24 Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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