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Integrated Two-Section Discrete Mode Laser

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Anandarajah, P.M. ; Rince Inst., Dublin City Univ., Dublin, Ireland ; Latkowski, S. ; Browning, C. ; Zhou, R.
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The authors present the design and characterization of a novel integrated two-section discrete mode index patterned diode laser source. The two slotted regions etched into the laser ridge waveguide are formed in the same fabrication step as the ridge, thus avoiding the requirement for complex lithography and regrowth steps. The laser is encased in a temperature-controlled butterfly package, which simplifies the static and dynamic measurements. Initial static characterization of this two-section laser shows that the injection, from the master laser to the slave laser, enhances the slave's emission side-mode suppression ratio from 30 dB to over 50 dB and its relative intensity noise is reduced from about -129.3 dB/Hz to -142.6 dB/Hz. Subsequent dynamic characterization then shows that the modulation bandwidth of the laser can be improved via injection to about three times the inherent free-running bandwidth. Hence, optical injection from master section into slave section enables the improvement of various parameters, which makes this two-section device attractive as a transmitter in optical communication systems.

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Photonics Journal, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2012

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