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Modulation performance of a semiconductor laser coupled to an external high-Q resonator

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2 Author(s)
Agrawal, G.P. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Henry, C.H.

The dynamic response of a semiconductor laser coupled to an external resonator is studied using the single-mode rate equations modified to account for the dispersive feedback. Both the frequency and the damping rate of relaxation oscillations are affected by the feedback. The frequency chirp that invariably accompanies amplitude modulation is significantly reduced. The feedback also reduces the phase noise and the linewidth. To investigate the usefulness of external-resonator lasers in high-speed optical communication systems, the rate equation have been solved numerically to obtain the emitted chirped pulse; the pulse is propagated through the fiber, detected, and filtered at the receiver. The simulated-eye diagrams show that such lasers can be operated at high bit rates with negligible dispersion penalty owing to their reduced frequency chip.<>

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 2 )