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Authors: K. Ma, M. Shahin, A. Abbasi, G. Roelkens, G. Morthier
Title: Demonstration of InP-on-Si Self-Pulsating DFB Laser Diodes for Optical Microwave Generation
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 6/2017
Journal/Conference/Book: IEEE Photonics Journal
Editor/Publisher: IEEE , 
Volume(Issue): 9(4) p.1504608 (8 pages)
Internal Reference: [N-2086]
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Abstract

We demonstrate self-pulsating heterogeneously integrated III-V-on-SOI two-section distributed feedback (DFB) laser diodes, with a wide range of self-pulsation frequencies between (but not limited to) 12 and 40 GHz. The spectral width of the free-running pulsations is 40 MHz. The dependence of the self-pulsation frequency on the injected current combination and the temperature is investigated. Finally, locking the self-pulsation to an electrical RF signal with power as low as -17 dBm is demonstrated, which can be used for the generation of an optical microwave carrier with a spectral width less than 10 Hz. Such laser could be beneficial for radio-over-fiber applications.

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