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Numerical investigations on the performance of external cavity mode-locked semiconductor lasers
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Paper Abstract

The performance of an external-cavity mode-locked semiconductor laser is analyzed theoretically and numerically. Passive mode-locking is described using a fully-distributed time-domain model including fast effects, spectral hole burning and carrier heating. We provide optimization rules in order to improve the mode-locking performance, such as reducing the pulsewidth and time-bandwidth product as much as possible. Timing jitter is determined by means of extensive numerical simulations of the model, demonstrating that an external modulation is required in order to maintain moderate timing-jitter and phase-noise levels at low frequencies. The effect of the driving conditions is investigated in order to achieve short pulses and low timing jitter. Our results are in qualitative agreement with reported experiments and predictions obtained from the master equation for mode-locking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5452, Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.544978
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Josep Mulet, Danmarks Tekniske Univ. (Denmark)
Univ. de les Illes Balears (Spain)
Jesper Moerk, Danmarks Tekniske Univ. (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5452:
Semiconductor Lasers and Laser Dynamics
Daan Lenstra; Geert Morthier; Thomas Erneux; Markus Pessa, Editor(s)

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