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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 14 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: 13628–13635

Spectral amplitude and phase measurement of a 40 GHz free-running quantum-dash modelocked laser diode

S. G. Murdoch, R. T. Watts, Y. Q. Xu, R. Maldonado-Basilio, J. Parra-Cetina, S. Latkowski, P. Landais, and L. P. Barry  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 14, pp. 13628-13635 (2011)

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We present a linear self-referenced measurement of the spectral amplitude and phase of a free-running quantum-dash modelocked laser diode. The technique is suitable for measuring optical signals with repetition rates up to 100 GHz. In contrast to many other linear techniques it requires no external electronic clock synchronized to the signal under test. Using this method we are able to compensate for the intracavity dispersion of the diode to demonstrate 500 fs pulses at a repetition rate of 39.8 GHz. We also use the technique to characterize the dependence of the diode’s intracavity dispersion on the applied current.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2011
Published: June 29, 2011

S. G. Murdoch, R. T. Watts, Y. Q. Xu, R. Maldonado-Basilio, J. Parra-Cetina, S. Latkowski, P. Landais, and L. P. Barry, "Spectral amplitude and phase measurement of a 40 GHz free-running quantum-dash modelocked laser diode," Opt. Express 19, 13628-13635 (2011)

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