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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 1057–1064

Demonstration of arbitrary channel selection utilizing a pulse-injected semiconductor laser with a phase-locked loop

Yu-Shan Juan and Fan-Yi Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 1057-1064 (2011)

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An arbitrary channel selection system based on a pulse-injected semiconductor laser with a phase-locked loop (PLL) is experimentally demonstrated and characterized. Through optical injection from a tunable laser, channels formed by the frequency components of a microwave frequency comb generated in the pulse-injected semiconductor laser are individually selected and enhanced. Selections of a primary channel at the fundamental frequency of 1.2 GHz and a secondary channel in a range from 10.8 to 18 GHz are shown, where the selection is done by adjusting the injection strength from the tunable laser. Suppression ratios of 44.5 and 25.9 dB between the selected primary and secondary channels to the averaged magnitude of the unwanted channels are obtained, respectively. To show the spectral quality of the pulse-injected laser, a single sideband (SSB) phase noise of −60 dBc/kHz at an offset frequency of 25 kHz is measured. Moreover, the conversion gain between the primary and secondary channels and the crosstalk between the selected channels to the adjacent unwanted channels are also investigated. Without the need of expensive external modulators, arbitrary channel selection is realized in the proposed system where the channel spacing and selection can be continuously adjusted through tuning the controllable laser parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2011
Published: January 10, 2011

Yu-Shan Juan and Fan-Yi Lin, "Demonstration of arbitrary channel selection utilizing a pulse-injected semiconductor laser with a phase-locked loop," Opt. Express 19, 1057-1064 (2011)

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