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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2007
  • pp: 650–652

Shot-noise-limited operation of a monomode high-cavity-finesse semiconductor laser for microwave photonics applications

Ghaya Baili, Mehdi Alouini, Daniel Dolfi, Fabien Bretenaker, Isabelle Sagnes, and Arnaud Garnache  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 6, pp. 650-652 (2007)

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Shot-noise-limited laser operation over a wide spectral bandwidth is demonstrated by using a semiconductor active medium inserted into a high-Q external cavity. This approach ensures, with a compact design, a sufficiently long photon lifetime to reach the oscillation-relaxation-free class A regime. The laser relative intensity noise is limited to the shot-noise relative floor, 156 dB Hz for a 1 mA detected photocurrent, over the 100 MHz to 18 GHz bandwidth. The optimization of the laser cavity is discussed, and convenient shot-noise-limited operation is shown to be a trade-off between the cavity length and laser mode filtering.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2006
Published: February 15, 2007

Ghaya Baili, Mehdi Alouini, Daniel Dolfi, Fabien Bretenaker, Isabelle Sagnes, and Arnaud Garnache, "Shot-noise-limited operation of a monomode high-cavity-finesse semiconductor laser for microwave photonics applications," Opt. Lett. 32, 650-652 (2007)

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