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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3657–3659

95 GHz millimeter wave signal generation using an arrayed waveguide grating dual wavelength semiconductor laser

Guillermo Carpintero, Efthymios Rouvalis, Katarzyna Ławniczuk, Martyn Fice, Cyril C. Renaud, Xaveer J. M. Leijtens, Erwin A. J. M. Bente, Mourad Chitoui, Frederic Van Dijk, and Alwyn J. Seeds  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 17, pp. 3657-3659 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003657


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Abstract

We report the generation of a 95 GHz carrier frequency by optical heterodyning of two wavelengths from adjacent channels from an arrayed waveguide grating-based multiwavelength laser. The extended cavity structure of the device provides low phase noise and narrow optical linewidth, further enhanced by the intracavity filter effect of the arrayed waveguide grating. We demonstrate that the generated RF beat note, at 95 GHz, has a 3dB linewidth of 250 kHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the narrowest RF linewidth generated from a free-running dual-wavelength semiconductor laser. The device is realized as a photonic integrated circuit using active–passive integration technology, and fabricated on a multiproject wafer run, constituting a novel approach for a compact, low-cost dual-wavelength heterodyne source.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 31, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2012
Published: August 29, 2012

Citation
Guillermo Carpintero, Efthymios Rouvalis, Katarzyna Ławniczuk, Martyn Fice, Cyril C. Renaud, Xaveer J. M. Leijtens, Erwin A. J. M. Bente, Mourad Chitoui, Frederic Van Dijk, and Alwyn J. Seeds, "95 GHz millimeter wave signal generation using an arrayed waveguide grating dual wavelength semiconductor laser," Opt. Lett. 37, 3657-3659 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-17-3657


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