Analog pulse position modulation of pulsed emission from a laser, which is actively and harmonically mode-locked. The laser requires: a body of an active gain medium; means for changing the gain as a function of a controllable parameter; harmonically and actively mode-locking the laser by fast periodic changes of said parameter; and superimposing slower changes on the parameter whereby the fast periodic parameter changes can be continuously shifted between the peak and the shoulder of the gain-vs-parameter curve. As proof of concept, electric control of the separation between two interleaved pulse trains from a far-infrared (1.5-4 THz) p-Ge laser, which is actively mode-locked by rf gain modulation at the second harmonic of the roundtrip frequency, is demonstrated by changing the electric bias at the rf contacts. A suggested application is telemetry using analog pulse position modulation.
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Peale, Robert; Fredricksen, Chris; Muravjov, Andrei; Strijbos, Remco; and Withers, Sandra, "Analog Pulse Position Modulation in Harmonically Mode-Locked Lasers" (2003). UCF Patents. 26.