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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 3268–3274

High frequency optoelectronic oscillators based on the optical feedback of semiconductor mode-locked laser diodes

Mohsin Haji, Lianping Hou, Anthony E. Kelly, Jehan Akbar, John H. Marsh, John M. Arnold, and Charles N. Ironside  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 3268-3274 (2012)

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Optical self seeding feedback techniques can be used to improve the noise characteristics of passively mode-locked laser diodes. External cavities such as fiber optic cables can increase the memory of the phase and subsequently improve the timing jitter. In this work, an improved optical feedback architecture is proposed using an optical fiber loop delay as a cavity extension of the mode-locked laser. We investigate the effect of the noise reduction as a function of the loop length and feedback power. The well known composite cavity technique is also implemented for suppressing supermode noise artifacts presented due to harmonic mode locking effects. Using this method, we achieve a record low radio frequency linewidth of 192 Hz for any high frequency (>1 GHz) passively mode-locked laser to date (to the best of the authors’ knowledge), making it promising for the development of high frequency optoelectronic oscillators.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2012
Published: January 27, 2012

Mohsin Haji, Lianping Hou, Anthony E. Kelly, Jehan Akbar, John H. Marsh, John M. Arnold, and Charles N. Ironside, "High frequency optoelectronic oscillators based on the optical feedback of semiconductor mode-locked laser diodes," Opt. Express 20, 3268-3274 (2012)

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