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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13366–13373

Generation of mode-locked optical pulses at 1035 nm from a fiber Bragg grating stabilized semiconductor laser diode

Peh Siong Teh, Shaif-ul Alam, David P. Shepherd, and David J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13366-13373 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.013366


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Abstract

We report the generation of transform-limited, ~18 ps optical pulses from a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) stabilized semiconductor laser diode. Up to 7.2 pJ of pulse energy and a peak power of 400mW were achieved when operating at a repetition frequency of 832.6 MHz, a multiple of the cavity (diode + FBG) free spectral range (FSR). A small detuning in the repetition frequency resulted in broader optical pulses. We have shown experimentally the transition from a gain-switched regime of operation to mode-locked operation once the injection current modulation frequency is set to match a harmonic of the cavity FSR. The transition also results in a reduction in the timing jitter of the optical pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014

Citation
Peh Siong Teh, Shaif-ul Alam, David P. Shepherd, and David J. Richardson, "Generation of mode-locked optical pulses at 1035 nm from a fiber Bragg grating stabilized semiconductor laser diode," Opt. Express 22, 13366-13373 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-11-13366


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