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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1113–1115

Mode locking at terahertz frequencies using a distributed Bragg reflector laser with a sampled grating

Lianping Hou, Mohsin Haji, and John H. Marsh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 7, pp. 1113-1115 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001113


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Abstract

We present a highly reproducible method of producing terahertz (THz) optical pulses using a class of mode-locked AlGaInAs/InP laser operating in the 1.55 μm wavelength range. The device uses a sample grating distributed Bragg reflector to provide strong frequency selectivity at the mode-locked frequency while the distributed reflectors relax the fabrication tolerances and ensure the cavity can self adjust to being an integral number of mode-locked periods in length. The measured devices provide nearly transform-limited pulse trains at 640 GHz or 1.28 THz with a high degree of controllability and operate with consistent performance over a wide range of drive conditions. Being low cost and compact sources of THz radiation, these lasers will open up many applications, including systems for high-speed optical communication and THz imaging.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2013
Published: March 25, 2013

Citation
Lianping Hou, Mohsin Haji, and John H. Marsh, "Mode locking at terahertz frequencies using a distributed Bragg reflector laser with a sampled grating," Opt. Lett. 38, 1113-1115 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-7-1113

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