28 April 2009 CW injection locking for long-term stability of frequency combs
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Abstract
Harmonically mode-locked semiconductor lasers with external ring cavities offer high repetition rate pulse trains while maintaining low optical linewidth via long cavity storage times. Continuous wave (CW) injection locking further reduces linewidth and stabilizes the optical frequencies. The output can be stabilized long-term with the help of a modified Pound-Drever-Hall feedback loop. Optical sidemode suppression of 36 dB has been shown, as well as RF supermode noise suppression of 14 dB for longer than 1 hour. In addition to the injection locking of harmonically mode-locked lasers requiring an external frequency source, recent work shows the viability of the injection locking technique for regeneratively mode-locked lasers, or Coupled Opto-Electronic Oscillators (COEO).
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Charles Williams, Charles Williams, Franklyn Quinlan, Franklyn Quinlan, Peter J. Delfyett, Peter J. Delfyett, "CW injection locking for long-term stability of frequency combs", Proc. SPIE 7339, Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications V, 733903 (28 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820678; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.820678
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