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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 15 — Jul. 21, 2008
  • pp: 11153–11161

Interband optical pulse injection locking of quantum dot mode-locked semiconductor laser

Jimyung Kim and Peter J. Delfyett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 15, pp. 11153-11161 (2008)

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We experimentally demonstrate optical clock recovery from quantum dot mode-locked semiconductor lasers by interband optical pulse injection locking. The passively mode-locked slave laser oscillating on the ground state or the first excited state transition is locked through the injection of optical pulses generated via the opposite transition bands, i.e. the first excited state or the ground state transition from the hybridly mode-locked master laser, respectively. When an optical pulse train generated via the first excited state from the master laser is injected to the slave laser oscillating via ground state, the slave laser shows an asymmetric locking bandwidth around the nominal repetition rate of the slave laser. In the reverse injection case of, i.e. the ground state (master laser) to the first excited state (slave laser), the slave laser does not lock even though both lasers oscillate at the same cavity frequency. In this case, the slave laser only locks to higher injection rates as compared to its own nominal repetition rate, and also shows a large locking bandwidth of 6.7 MHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 20, 2008
Published: July 10, 2008

Jimyung Kim and Peter J. Delfyett, "Interband optical pulse injection locking of quantum dot mode-locked semiconductor laser," Opt. Express 16, 11153-11161 (2008)

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