3 March 2014 Picosecond MIXSEL for clocking applications
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Abstract
The MIXSEL combines the gain of a VECSEL with the saturable absorber of a SESAM in one semiconductor structure to achieve fundamental modelocking in a simple straight cavity. We present a high-power MIXSEL with sub-10-ps pulse durations that can be scaled easily in repetition rate from a few GHz to <100 GHz. At 5.1 GHz repetition rate an average output power of 1.05 W in 2.4-ps-pulses was achieved. By scaling the repetition rate to 10 GHz (3.9-ps-pulses at 1.29 W), then to 20.7 GHz (2.35-ps-pulses at 607 mW) and most recently to even more than 100 GHz makes this high-power MIXSEL an attractive source suitable for applications such as optical clocking or optical sampling.
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M. Mangold, V. J. Wittwer, C. A. Zaugg, S. M. Link, M. Golling, B. W. Tilma, U. Keller, "Picosecond MIXSEL for clocking applications", Proc. SPIE 8966, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) IV, 89660O (3 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2037555; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2037555
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