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Generation of transform-limited optical pulses using a combination of a gain-switched diode laser and a semiconductor optical amplifier

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3 Author(s)
Chung, J. ; Central Res. Lab., Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan ; Kikuchi, N. ; Sasaki, S.

We introduce a novel method for generating nearly transform-limited picosecond optical pulses at multi-gigahertz repetition rates. Frequency-chirped optical pulses are first produced using a gain-switched semiconductor diode laser, and they are subsequently amplified by a semiconductor optical amplifier. The red frequency chirp in the gain-switched pulses is compensated for almost completely as a result of gain-saturation-induced self-phase modulation occurring in the amplification process. Experimentally, we have successfully generated nearly transform-limited 28-ps optical pulses at a 5-GHz repetition rate using a distributed feedback diode laser and a traveling wave semiconductor optical amplifier.<>

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 8 )