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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8007–8017

Characteristics and instabilities of mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers

Yan Li, Luke. F. Lester, Derek Chang, Carsten Langrock, M. M. Fejer, and Daniel J. Kane  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8007-8017 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.008007


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Abstract

Current pulse measurement methods have proven inadequate to fully understand the characteristics of passively mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers. These devices are very difficult to characterize because of their low peak powers, high bandwidth, large time-bandwidth product, and large timing jitter. In this paper, we discuss the origin for the inadequacies of current pulse measurement techniques while presenting new ways of examining frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) data to provide insight into the operation of these devices. Under the assumptions of a partial coherence model for the pulsed laser, it is shown that simultaneous time-frequency characterization is a necessary and sufficient condition for characterization of mode-locking. Full pulse characterization of quantum dot passively mode-locked lasers (QD MLLs) was done using FROG in a collinear configuration using an aperiodically poled lithium niobate waveguide-based FROG pulse measurement system.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 28, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2013
Published: March 26, 2013

Citation
Yan Li, Luke. F. Lester, Derek Chang, Carsten Langrock, M. M. Fejer, and Daniel J. Kane, "Characteristics and instabilities of mode-locked quantum-dot diode lasers," Opt. Express 21, 8007-8017 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-7-8007


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