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  • Editor: Zhiping (James) Zhou
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 4 — Aug. 1, 2014
  • pp: B70–B79

Laser sources for microwave to millimeter-wave applications [Invited]

Gaël Kervella, Jeremy Maxin, Mickael Faugeron, Perrine Berger, Hadrien Lanctuit, Gregoire Pillet, Loïc Morvan, Frédéric van Dijk, and Daniel Dolfi  »View Author Affiliations


Photonics Research, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. B70-B79 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/PRJ.2.000B70


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We present several laser sources dedicated to advanced microwave photonic applications. A quantum-dash mode-locked laser delivering a high-power, ultra-stable pulse train is first described. We measure a linewidth below 300 kHz at a 4.3 GHz repetition rate for an output power above 300 mW and a pulse duration of 1.1 ps after compression, making this source ideal for microwave signal sampling applications. A widely tunable (5–110 GHz), monolithic millimeter-wave transceiver based on the integration of two semiconductor distributed feedback lasers, four amplifiers, and two high-speed uni-traveling carrier photodiodes is then presented, together with its application to the wireless transmission of data at 200Mb/s. A frequency-agile laser source dedicated to microwave signal processing is then described. It delivers arbitrary frequency sweeps over 20 GHz with high precision and high speed (above 400GHz/ms). Finally, we report on a low-noise (below 1 kHz linewidth), solid-state, dual-frequency laser source. It allows independent tuning of the two frequencies in the perspective of the implementation of a tunable optoelectronic oscillator based on a high-Q optical resonator.

© 2014 Chinese Laser Press

OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
MICROWAVE PHOTONICS

History
Original Manuscript: April 2, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 24, 2014
Published: August 1, 2014

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Microwave Photonics (2014) Photonics Research

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Gaël Kervella, Jeremy Maxin, Mickael Faugeron, Perrine Berger, Hadrien Lanctuit, Gregoire Pillet, Loïc Morvan, Frédéric van Dijk, and Daniel Dolfi, "Laser sources for microwave to millimeter-wave applications [Invited]," Photon. Res. 2, B70-B79 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/prj/abstract.cfm?URI=prj-2-4-B70


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