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Multiwavelength arrays of mode-locked lasers for WDM applications
Author(s): Lawrence J. Davis; Martin G. Young; David J. Dougherty; Sam A. Keo; Richard E. Muller; Paul D. Maker; Siamak Forouhar
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Paper Abstract

The continued need for increased bandwidth is driving the pursuit of both increased speed in TDM and more channels in WDM for fiber optic communication systems. Multiwavelength arrays of monolithic mode-locked DBR lasers are an attractive source for future high bit rate (100 - 800 Gb/s) optical communication systems. Monolithic mode-locked lasers in the colliding-pulse mode-locked configuration have been fabricated, with DBR end mirrors for wavelength selection. A continuous gain region has been employed for ease of fabrication and the elimination of multiple reflections within the cavity. Arrays containing up to 9 wavelengths have been fabricated, with all the wavelengths within the erbium-doped fiber amplifier gain bandwidth. An RF signal is applied to the saturable absorber for synchronization to an external clock and reduction of the phase noise. For a 4.6 mm cavity, short (< 10 ps) optical pulses at high (approximately 18 GHz) repetition rates have been achieved. Low single side-band phase noise values (-107 dBc/Hz 100 kHz offset) have been demonstrated, nearly equal to that of the RF source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3547, Semiconductor Lasers III, (19 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319641
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence J. Davis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Martin G. Young, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David J. Dougherty, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sam A. Keo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard E. Muller, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul D. Maker, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Siamak Forouhar, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3547:
Semiconductor Lasers III
Qiming Wang; Lawrence J. Davis; Siamak Forouhar, Editor(s)

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