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High-speed modulation of semiconductor lasers

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1 Author(s)
R. Tucker ; AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill Laboratory, Holmdel, NJ, USA

An overview is given of the direct modulation performance of high-speed semiconductor lasers. The high-speed response characteristics are described using a cascaded two-port model of the laser. This model separates the electrical parasitics from the intrinsic laser and enables these subsections to be considered separately. The presentation concentrates on the small-signal intensity modulation and frequency modulation responses, and the large-signal switching transients and chirping. Device-dependent limitations on high-speed performance are explored and circuit modeling techniques are briefly reviewed.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 6 )