The optical injection locking (OIL) technique is proposed to reduce the phase noise of a carrier generated for a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)-based optoelectronic oscillator. The OIL technique permits the enhancement of the VCSEL direct modulation bandwidth as well as the stabilization of the optical noise of the laser. A 2-km delay line, 10-GHz optical injection-locked VCSEL-based optoelectronic oscillator (OILVBO) was implemented. The internal noise sources of the optoelectronic oscillator components were characterized and analyzed to understand the noise conversion of the system into phase noise in the oscillator carrier. The implemented OILVBO phase noise was −105.7 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz from the carrier; this value agrees well with the performed simulated analysis. From the computed and measured phase noise curves, it is possible to infer the noise processes that take place inside the OILVBO. As a second measurement of the oscillation quality, a time-domain analysis was done through the Allan’s standard deviation measurement, reported for first time for an optoelectronic oscillator using the OIL technique.
We describe a demodulation technique for optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors based in the utilization of a long wavelength Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). The identification of the FBG wavelength is performed by sweeping the VCSEL wavelength over the operation range of the sensors and correlating its raising and falling periods in order to automatically determine the initial and final points of the wavelength to time mapping readout. The process is carried out by a simple computational routine, which allows the identification of the FBGs’ spectral position leading to a cost-effective scheme.
We present the application of Optical Code Division Multiplexing (OCDM) techniques in order to enhance the spectral operation and detection capability of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors networks even under overlapping conditions. In this paper, Optical Orthogonal Codes (OOC) are used to design FBG sensors composed of more than one reflection band. Simulation of the interaction between the encoded Gaussian-shaped sensors is presented. Signal decoding is performed in the electrical domain without requiring additional optical components by means of the autocorrelation product between the reflected spectrum and each sensor-codeword. Results illustrate the accuracy and distinction capability of the method.
In this article we propose a long wavelength VCSEL by VCSEL Optoelectronic Oscillator to generate high frequency carriers. Stability and quality are key factors to use Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) in VCSEL Based Optoelectronic Oscillators (VBO). To enhance the performance of a 2.49 GHz VBO presented in . The use of the optical injection locking technique applied to the VBO laser pump contributes to the VCSEL Relative Intensity Noise (RIN) reduction, and the increase of the modulation bandwidth that leads to a carrier phase noise reduction. The Injection Locked VCSEL Based Oscillator (ILVBO) performance will be presented and discussed taking into account the injection locking conditions of the laser source.