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Ultra high power, ultra low RIN up to 20 GHz 1.55 μm DFB AlGaInAsP laser for analog applications
Author(s): J.-R. Burie; G. Beuchet; M. Mimoun; P. Pagnod-Rossiaux; B. Ligat; J. C. Bertreux; J.-M. Rousselet; J. Dufour; P. Rougeolle; F. Laruelle
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Paper Abstract

Low levels of intensity noise in semiconductor lasers is a key feature for numerous applications such as high resolution spectroscopy, fiber-optic sensors, signal distribution in broadband analog communications as CATV, and more generally for microwave photonics systems. In particular, a DFB laser with very low relative intensity noise (RIN) levels from 0.1 to 20 GHz is a key component as it correspond to the whole frequency bandwidth of interest for radars. Several approaches have been reported but most suffer from the compromise between RIN level and power out level and stability, with RIN level in the range -150 dB.Hz-1 to -155 dB.Hz-1 in this frequency range [1,2]. We report here results from a new AlGaInAs DFB laser developed at 3S PHOTONICS. Excellent device performance is observed across an operating range from the laser threshold up to the thermal roll-over. Pure longitudinal single mode at 1545 nm is obtained over the whole current operating range with side mode suppression ratio higher than 50dB. The maximum output power reaches up to 130 mW. In these conditions, RIN levels below -160 dB.Hz-1 is obtained in up to 20 GHz. These are the best results to our knowledge combining such high single mode output power with such low RIN level in the frequency range 0.4-20 GHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7616, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers IX, 76160Y (12 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840917
Show Author Affiliations
J.-R. Burie, 3S Photonics (France)
G. Beuchet, 3S Photonics (France)
M. Mimoun, 3S Photonics (France)
P. Pagnod-Rossiaux, 3S Photonics (France)
B. Ligat, 3S Photonics (France)
J. C. Bertreux, 3S Photonics (France)
J.-M. Rousselet, 3S Photonics (France)
J. Dufour, 3S Photonics (France)
P. Rougeolle, 3S Photonics (France)
F. Laruelle, 3S Photonics (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7616:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers IX
Alexey A. Belyanin; Peter M. Smowton, Editor(s)

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