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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 16142–16161

Timing jitter reduction of passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers by self- and external-injection: Numerical description and experiments

Lukas Drzewietzki, Stefan Breuer, and Wolfgang Elsäßer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 16142-16161 (2013)

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In this paper the influence of different feedback (FB) and synchronization schemes on the timing phase noise (TPN) power spectral density (PSD) of a quantum-dot based passively mode-locked laser (MLL) is studied numerically and by experiments. The range of investigated schemes cover hybrid mode-locking, an opto-electrical feedback configuration, an all-optical feedback configuration and optical pulse train injection configuration by means of a master MLL. The mechanism responsible for TPN PSD reduction in the case of FB is identified for the first time for monolithic passively MLL and relies on the effective interaction of the timing of the intra-cavity pulse and the time-delayed FB pulse or FB modulation together with an statistical averaging of the independent timing deviations of both. This mechanism is quantified by means of simulation results obtained by introducing an universal and versatile simple time-domain model.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 17, 2013
Published: June 28, 2013

Lukas Drzewietzki, Stefan Breuer, and Wolfgang Elsäßer, "Timing jitter reduction of passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers by self- and external-injection: Numerical description and experiments," Opt. Express 21, 16142-16161 (2013)

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