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Direct modulation of an ultra-long doped fiber external cavity semiconductor laser at multiples of the cavity resonant frequency
Author(s): Runnan Liu; Ke Wu; Raman Kashyap
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Paper Abstract

The doped fiber external cavity semiconductor laser (DFECL) has been reported with a simple structure, high power, narrow linewidth, and stable wavelength. The DFECL is mostly suitable to be an optical carrier generator for external modulation or microwave optical generation. Because of mode locking, the DFECL, with saturable absorber in its external cavity, has the possibility to be direct modulated at its multiples of cavity resonant frequency. The useful modulation frequency of the laser can be increased significantly. In this paper, we present experimental results about the transmission response of direct modulation of an ultra-long DFECL, and the modulated microwave signal transmission at the frequency of the 22nd. multiple of the cavity resonant frequency. Modulated narrow bandwidth microwave signals at 2.4GHz were transmitted by this DFECL. The received RF spectrum has no obvious distortion for a 10MHz narrow band microwave signal and, all the resonant and harmonic frequencies in the 0~2.5GHz region are 50 dB lower than the transmitted wave. The results show that narrowband modulated microwave can be transmitted at high frequency by the long DFECL; even through the cavity round-trip frequency is very low. We conclude that this ultra-long doped fiber external cavity semiconductor laser can be used for narrowband wireless communication with direct modulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 November 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6796, Photonics North 2007, 67960X (8 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.778934
Show Author Affiliations
Runnan Liu, École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)
Ke Wu, École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)
Raman Kashyap, École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6796:
Photonics North 2007
John Armitage, Editor(s)

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