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Repulsive intermode beat synchronization in interband cascade laser frequency combs (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Benedikt Schwarz; Johannes Hillbrand; Maximilian Beiser; Anne Schade; Hermann Detz; Aaron M. Andrews; Robert Weih; Sven Höfling

Paper Abstract

Optical frequency combs are coherent sources that emit a series of evenly spaced lines. In the mid-infrared, comb based spectroscopy is of particular interest and, without the need of any movable parts, will potentially lead to a breakthrough in miniaturization. Interband cascade lasers, with their low power consumption and inherent detection functionality, are an ideal candidate for practical implementations. Here, we present the generation of low-dissipation optical frequency comb utilizing interband cascade lasers. Other than one might have expected, the long lifetime of the interband transition does not automatically lead to slow gain dynamics that would favor in-phase mode-locking. We discuss why ICLs should be considered as fast gain media and why passive mode-locking is difficult or even impossible to be achieved. We applying shifted-wave interference Fourier transform spectroscopy to show that ICL frequency combs naturally favor repulsive intermode beat synchronization with the same chirped FM character recently found in QCL combs. Furthermore, we show first evidence of multiple normal modes of the intermodal beats in frequency combs and picosecond pulse generation from ICLs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2019
Proc. SPIE 10939, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVIII, 109391A (13 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2510342
Show Author Affiliations
Benedikt Schwarz, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Johannes Hillbrand, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Maximilian Beiser, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Anne Schade, Julius-Maximilians-Univ. Würzburg (Germany)
Hermann Detz, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Aaron M. Andrews, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Robert Weih, nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies GmbH (Germany)
Sven Höfling, Julius-Maximilians-Univ. Würzburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10939:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XVIII
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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