OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9666–9671

Experimental demonstration of a tunable laser using an SOA and an Opto-VLSI Processor

Muhsen Aljada, Rong Zheng, Kamal Alameh, and Yong-Tak Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9666-9671 (2007)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (558 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



In this paper we propose and experimentally demonstrate a tunable laser structure cascading a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) that generates broadband amplified spontaneous emission and a reflective Opto-VLSI processor that dynamically reflects arbitrarily wavelengths and injects them back into the SOA, thus synthesising an output signal of variable wavelength. The wavelength tunablility is performed using digital phase holograms uploaded on the Opto-VLSI processor. Experimental results demonstrate a tuning range from 1524nm to 1534nm, and show that the proposed tunable laser structure has a stable performance.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2007
Published: July 19, 2007

Muhsen Aljada, Rong Zheng, Kamal Alameh, and Yong-Tak Lee, "Experimental demonstration of a tunable laser using an SOA and an Opto-VLSI Processor," Opt. Express 15, 9666-9671 (2007)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. P. F. Moulton, "Tunable solid-state lasers," IEEE Proc. 80, 348 - 364 (1992). [CrossRef]
  2. V. V. Fedorov, S. B. Mirov, A. Gallian, D. V. Badikov, M. P. Frolov, Y. V. Korostelin, V. I. Kozlovsky, A. I. Landman, Y. P. Podmar'kov, V. A. Akimov, and A. A. Voronov, "3.77-5.05-/spl mu/m tunable solid-state lasers based on Fe/sup 2+/-doped ZnSe crystals operating at low and room temperatures," IEEE J. Quantum Electronics 42, 907 - 917 (2006). [CrossRef]
  3. D. Zuo, Y. Oki, and M. Maeda, "Numerical simulation of a pulsed laser pumped distributed-feedback waveguided dye laser by coupled-wave theory," IEEE J. Quantum Electronics,  39, 673 - 680 (2003). [CrossRef]
  4. H. Roskos, S. Optiz, A. Seilmeier, and W. Kaiser, "Operation of an infrared dye laser synchronously pumped by a mode-locked CW Nd:YAG laser," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 22, 697 - 703 (1986). [CrossRef]
  5. W. Wang and M. Ohtsu, "Generation of frequency -tunable light and frequency reference grids using Diode Lasers for One-Petahertz Optical Frequency Sweep Generator," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 456-467 (1995). [CrossRef]
  6. K. Takada and H. Yamada, "Rapidly-tunable narrowband light source with symmetrical crossing configuration for low coherence reflectometry," Electron. Lett. 31, 63-64 (1995). [CrossRef]
  7. K. Takada, H. Yamada, and S. Mitachi, "Tunable Narrow-Band Light Source using Two Optical Circulators," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.  9, 91-93 (1997).
  8. T. Wolf, H. Westermeier, and M.-C. Amann, "Continuously tunable metal-clad ridge-waveguide distributed feedback laser diode [InGaAsP-InP],"Electron. Lett. 26,  1845 - 1846, (1990). [CrossRef]
  9. L. Talaverano, S. Abad, S. Jarabo, and M. Lopez-Amo, "Multiwavelength fiber laser sources with Bragg-grating sensor multiplexing capability," J. Lightwave Technol. 19, 553-558 (2001). [CrossRef]
  10. J. Yang, S. C. Tjin, and N. Q. Ngo, "Multiwavelength tunable fibre ring laser based on sampled chirp fiber Bragg grating," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1026-1028 (2004). [CrossRef]
  11. M. J. O’Mahony, "Semiconductor laser optical amplifiers for use in future fiber systems," J. Lightwave Technol. 6, 531-544 (1988). [CrossRef]
  12. M. Aljada, K. E. Alameh, and K. Al-Begain, "Opto-VLSI-based correlator architecture for multi-wavelength optical header recognition," J. Lightwave Technol. 24, 2779-2785 (2006). [CrossRef]
  13. M. Aljada, K. E. Alameh, Y.-T. Lee, and I.-S. Chung, "High-speed (2.5 Gbps) reconfigurable inter-chip optical interconnects using opto-VLSI processors," Opt. Express,  14,6823-6836 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited