We present experimental results on 40 Gb/s large-signal modulation performance of 1.31μm monolithic integrated laser-modulator in the InGaAlAs/InP material system, exploiting the gain and absorption properties of an identical multiple quantum well (MQW) active layer. In continuous wave operation, at 15°C, the devices achieved threshold currents < 28 mA, fiber coupled optical power levels up to +0.4 dBm. The measured small-signal modulation bandwidth was about 32 GHz. An air-cavity based Fabry-Perot interferometer has been realized to characterize the spectral chirp of the integrated structures in the time domain up to 40 Gb/s.
We present first experimental results of the successful transfer of our monolithic integrated double-stack multi quantum well laser-modulator approach from the traditional InGaAsP/InP to the more promising InGaAlAs/InP material system. In continuous wave operation at room temperature, the devices achieved threshold currents of <21 mA, fiber coupled optical power levels up to 570 μW and static extinction ratios in the range of 15 dB/V. The measured small-signal modulation bandwidth of about 10 GHz is capacitance limited due to a conservative device layout.
Electro optic modulators are key components for fiber optic transmission at data rates exceeding 10Gbit/s. The monolithic integration of an electroabsorption (EA) modulator applying the quantum confined stark effect with a distributed feedback (DFB) laser diode was demonstrated using a novel approach based on a double-stack multiple quantum well (MQW) structure. This novel approach using an identical MQW layer structure for both devices, the DFB laser diode and the EA modulator, will be described and discussed. Recently, a maximum 3dB-cutoff frequency of 25 GHz was measured. Further experimental results obtained from devices operating at 1.3 µm and 1.55 µm, respectively, exhibit the potential of these devices for high-speed data rate transmission.