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Injection Locking of Semiconductor Mode-Locked Lasers for Long-Term Stability of Widely Tunable Frequency Combs

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2013
Abstract/Description:
Harmonically mode-locked semiconductor lasers with external ring cavities offer high repetition rate pulse trains while maintaining low optical linewidth via long cavity storage times. Single frequency injection locking generates widely-spaced and tunable frequency combs from these harmonically mode-locked lasers, while stabilizing the optical frequencies. The output is stabilized long-term with the help of a feedback loop utilizing either a novel technique based on Pound-Drever-Hall stabilization or by polarization spectroscopy. Error signals of both techniques are simulated and compared to experimentally obtained signals. Frequency combs spaced by 2.5 GHz and ~10 GHz are generated, with demonstrated optical sidemode suppression of unwanted modes of 36 dB, as well as RF supermode noise suppression of 14 dB for longer than 1 hour. In addition to the injection locking of actively harmonically mode-locked lasers, the injection locking technique for regeneratively mode-locked lasers, or Coupled Opto-Electronic Oscillators (COEOs), is also demonstrated and characterized extensively.
Title: Injection Locking of Semiconductor Mode-Locked Lasers for Long-Term Stability of Widely Tunable Frequency Combs.
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Name(s): Williams, Charles, Author
Delfyett, Peter, Committee Chair
Hagan, David, Committee Member
Likamwa, Patrick, Committee Member
Vanstryland, Eric, Committee Member
DeSalvo, Richard, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Harmonically mode-locked semiconductor lasers with external ring cavities offer high repetition rate pulse trains while maintaining low optical linewidth via long cavity storage times. Single frequency injection locking generates widely-spaced and tunable frequency combs from these harmonically mode-locked lasers, while stabilizing the optical frequencies. The output is stabilized long-term with the help of a feedback loop utilizing either a novel technique based on Pound-Drever-Hall stabilization or by polarization spectroscopy. Error signals of both techniques are simulated and compared to experimentally obtained signals. Frequency combs spaced by 2.5 GHz and ~10 GHz are generated, with demonstrated optical sidemode suppression of unwanted modes of 36 dB, as well as RF supermode noise suppression of 14 dB for longer than 1 hour. In addition to the injection locking of actively harmonically mode-locked lasers, the injection locking technique for regeneratively mode-locked lasers, or Coupled Opto-Electronic Oscillators (COEOs), is also demonstrated and characterized extensively.
Identifier: CFE0004774 (IID), ucf:49805 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
Ph.D.
Optics and Photonics, Optics and Photonics
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Semiconductor Lasers -- Laser Injection Locking -- Harmonically Mode-Locked Lasers -- Frequency Combs -- Coupled Opto-Electronic Oscillator
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004774
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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