31 January 2014 Quantum dot mode locked lasers for coherent frequency comb generation
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Monolithic semiconductor passively mode locked lasers (MLL) are very attractive components for many applications including high bit rate telecommunications, microwave photonics and instrumentation. Owing to the three dimensional confinement of the charge carriers, quantum dot based mode-locked lasers have been the subject of intense investigations because of their improved performance compared to conventional material systems. Indeed, the inhomogeneous gain broadening and the ultrafast absorption recovery dynamics are an asset for short pulse generation. Moreover, the weak coupling of amplified spontaneous emission with the guided modes plus low loss waveguide leads to low timing jitter. Our work concentrates on InAs quantum dash nanostructures grown on InP substrate, intended for applications in the 1.55 μm telecom window. InAs/InP quantum dash based lasers, in particular, have demonstrated efficient mode locking in single section Fabry-Perot configurations. The flat optical spectrum of about 12 nm, combined with the narrow RF beat note linewidth of about 10 kHz make them a promising technology for optical frequency comb generation. Coherence between spectral modes was assessed by means of spectral phase measurements. The parabolic spectral phase profile indicates that short pulses can be obtained provided the intracavity dispersion can be compensated by inserting a single mode fiber.
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A. Martinez, A. Martinez, C. Calò, C. Calò, R. Rosales, R. Rosales, R. T. Watts, R. T. Watts, K. Merghem, K. Merghem, A. Accard, A. Accard, F. Lelarge, F. Lelarge, L. P. Barry, L. P. Barry, A. Ramdane, A. Ramdane, "Quantum dot mode locked lasers for coherent frequency comb generation", Proc. SPIE 8993, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XI, 89930A (31 January 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2036278; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2036278

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