We demonstrate the suppression of intensity fluctuations, which are known as mode partition noise, in a multiwavelength semiconductor laser by using a hybrid mode-locking scheme. The laser design incorporates a saturable absorber and a gain-modulated semiconductor optical amplifier, along with spectral filtering, in an external cavity to achieve multiwavelength hybrid mode locking. The mode-locked laser produces an error-free (pulse Q>13) 300-MHz optical pulse train in each of three wavelength channels.
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Michael Mielke, Peter J. Delfyett, and Gerard A. Alphonse, "Suppression of mode partition noise in a multiwavelength semiconductor laser through hybrid mode locking," Opt. Lett. 27, 1064-1066 (2002)