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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 13390–13401

High-frequency microwave signal generation using multi-transverse mode VCSELs subject to two-frequency optical injection

A. Quirce and A. Valle  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13390-13401 (2012)

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In this paper we report a new method of photonic generation of microwave signals using a multi-transverse mode VCSEL subject to two-frequency optical injection. Numerical simulations show that double injection locking involving two transverse modes can be obtained in these systems. We show that the higher-order transverse mode is excited with a much larger amplitude than that of the fundamental transverse mode. The comparison with the case of a single-transverse mode VCSEL subject to similar two-frequency optical injection shows that multi-transverse mode operation of the VCSEL enhances the performance of the photonic microwave generation system. Broad tuning ranges, beyond the THz region, and narrow linewidths are demonstrated in our system. The maximum frequency of the generated microwave signals can be substantially increased if multimode VCSELs are used instead of single-mode VCSELs.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3520) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, injection-locked
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2012
Published: May 30, 2012

A. Quirce and A. Valle, "High-frequency microwave signal generation using multi-transverse mode VCSELs subject to two-frequency optical injection," Opt. Express 20, 13390-13401 (2012)

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