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Subharmonic hybrid mode-locking of a monolithic semiconductor laser

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5 Author(s)
T. Hoshida ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Tokyo Univ., Japan ; Hai-Feng Liu ; M. Tsuchiya ; Y. Ogawa
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Performance of a subharmonically hybrid mode-locked (SH-ML) monolithic semiconductor laser is investigated. A 33-GHz passively mode-locked distributed Bragg reflector semiconductor laser is stabilized by the injection of an electrical signal with a subharmonic frequency of the laser cavity resonance. Systematic measurements on the phase noise, timing jitter, amplitude modulation, and locking bandwidth are performed for the second- and third-order SH-ML conditions, and the results are compared with the fundamental hybrid mode-locking (FH-ML) case. Low timing jitter of less than 0.6 ps, comparable to that under the FH-ML case, is achieved for the both SH-ML cases. The amplitude modulation imposed by the subharmonic driving frequencies is found to be very small (<-24 dBc) for the second-order SH-ML because of the sufficiently low modulation response of the laser at 16.5 GHz. The third-order SH-ML is found to exhibit a very unique locking characteristics, leading to a maximum locking bandwidth of 56 MHz that is even larger than that for the FH-ML case

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IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 3 )