Amplification of high-bandwidth phase-modulated optical signals from integrated-optics phase modulators at 793 nm is experimentally demonstrated using an injection-locking technique. Off-the-shelf wide-bandwidth integrated-optics modulators are power limited at 793 nm owing to photorefractive damage of the LiNbO3 waveguides. Typical optical input powers for these devices at this wavelength are less than 10 mW with optical output powers typically less than 1 mW. To amplify the outputs of these modulators, we injected the phase-modulated light into an antireflection-coated 100-mW single-mode diode laser. With the injection-locking technique, small-signal gains of 23 dB are demonstrated with good signal fidelity up to bandwidths of 3 GHz. A bandwidth limitation is found at approximately 3 GHz for sinusoidal phase-modulated signals, above which signal fidelity is seriously degraded. This limitation is significantly less than the measured relaxation oscillations of ∼5.6 GHz, suggesting a new limitation to injection locking of phase-modulated signals. Amplification of binary-phase-shift-keyed-modulated signals to 6 Gbit/s is also demonstrated with no bit errors over the 256-bit test sequences.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(300.6240) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent transient
Randy R. Reibel, Zeb Barber, Mingzhen Tian, W. Randall Babbitt, Zachary Cole, and Kristian D. Merkel, "Amplification of high-bandwidth phase-modulated signals at 793 nm," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 2315-2321 (2002)