An experimental study of the dynamics of a quantum-dash Fabry-Pérot passively mode-locked laser diode is presented. Firstly, the switching on and off characteristic times of the mode-locking mechanism with pulsed biasing current are assessed. Secondly, the locking and unlocking characteristic times to the injection of a 10-Gbps pseudo-random binary sequence of nonreturn-to-zero data are determined. The dynamics is analysed through the instantaneous frequency of the ~40 GHz beat-tone signal measured at the output of the laser under investigation, which after a frequency down-conversion stage, is recorded by a real-time oscilloscope. Experimental results indicate that a time of 5 ns characterizes the establishment of the passive mode-locking mechanism for a pulsed biasing current. A time of 20 ns has been measured for the synchronization of the quantum-dash laser diode to the injected 10 Gbps data sequence. In addition, the mode-locked laser diode de-synchronizes and switches to the free-running condition in also 20 ns after a holding time of ~100 ns.
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Ramón Maldonado-Basilio, Josué Parra-Cetina, Sylwester Latkowski, Nicola Calabretta, and Pascal Landais, "Experimental Investigation of the Optical Injection Locking Dynamics in Single-Section Quantum-Dash Fabry-Pérot Laser Diode for Packet-Based Clock Recovery Applications," J. Lightwave Technol. 31, 860-865 (2013)