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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 22114–22123

Microwave generation in an electro-absorption modulator integrated with a DFB laser subject to optical injection

Ning Hua Zhu, Hong Guang Zhang, Jiang Wei Man, Hong Liang Zhu, Jian Hong Ke, Yu Liu, Xin Wang, Hai Qing Yuan, Liang Xie, and Wei Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 22114-22123 (2009)

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This paper presents a new technique to generate microwave signal using an electro-absorption modulator (EAM) integrated with a distributed feedback (DFB) laser subject to optical injection. Experiments show that the frequency of the generated microwave can be tuned by changing the wavelength of the external laser or adjusting the bias voltage of the EAM. The frequency response of the EAM is studied and found to be unsmooth due to packaging parasitic effects and four-wave mixing effect occurring in the active layer of the DFB laser. It is also demonstrated that an EA modulator integrated in between two DFB lasers can be used instead of the EML under optical injection. This integrated chip can be used to realize a monolithically integrated tunable microwave source.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(250.0040) Optoelectronics : Detectors
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

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Original Manuscript: September 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2009
Published: November 18, 2009

Ning Hua Zhu, Hong Guang Zhang, Jiang Wei Man, Hong Liang Zhu, Jian Hong Ke, Yu Liu, Xin Wang, Hai Qing Yuan, Liang Xie, and Wei Wang, "Microwave generation in an electro-absorption modulator integrated with a DFB laser subject to optical injection," Opt. Express 17, 22114-22123 (2009)

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