Abstract

An experimental investigation of high-frequency noise, i.e., up to 3 GHz, exhibited by a 9.7 μm quantum cascade laser, is described. Noise characteristics and measurements of a liquid-nitrogen-cooled continuous-wave distributed-feedback laser are presented. Well defined sets of narrow and intense resonance peaks have been observed in the 10–300 MHz range. Measurements of relative intensity noise have been performed. It is also shown that quantum-cascade lasers are sensitive to optical feedback. The excess noise generated by the feedback has been investigated under well defined conditions. A description of the experimental phenomenon is presented along with methods of minimizing optical feedback.

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[CrossRef]

T. Gentsy and W. Elsäßer, "Semiclassical model for the relative intensity noise of intersubband quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Commun. 256, 171-183 (2005).
[CrossRef]

T. Gensty, W. Elsäßer, and C. Mann, "Intensity noise properties of quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Express 13, 2032-2039 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003

2002

F. Rana and R. J. Ram, "Current noise and photon noise in quantum cascade lasers," Phys. Rev. B 65, 125313 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999

1994

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1992

1988

N. Schunk and K. Petermann, "Numerical analysis of the feedback regimes for a single mode semiconductor laser with external feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1242-1247 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1986

C. H. Henry and R. F. Kazarinov, "Instability of semiconductor lasers due to optical feedback from distant reflectors," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 22, 294-301 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1984

P. Spano, S. Piazzolla, and M. Tamburrini, "Theory of noise in semiconductor lasers in the presence of optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 20, 350-357 (1984).
[CrossRef]

1983

J. Henrik and N. Gade, "Influence of optical feedback on laser frequency spectrum and threshold conditions," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 19, 465-469 (1983).
[CrossRef]

1982

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1979

Aellen, T.

Agrawal, G. P.

G. P. Agrawal and N. K. Dutta, Long-Wavelength Semiconductor Lasers (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1986).

Baillargeon, J. N.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Barbe, A.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Beck, M.

Birk, M.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Bonetti, Y.

Brown, L. R.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Cannon, B. D.

M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Capasso, F.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Carleer, M. R.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Chackerian, C.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Chance, K.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Cho, A. Y.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chris Benner, D.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Coudert, L. H.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Courtois, D.

Dana, V.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Dandridge, A.

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Devi, V. M.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Dutta, N. K.

G. P. Agrawal and N. K. Dutta, Long-Wavelength Semiconductor Lasers (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1986).

Elsäßer, W.

Faist, J.

R. Maulini, M. Beck, J. Faist, and E. Gini, "Broadband tuning of external cavity bound-to-continuum quantum-cascade lasers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1659-1661 (2005).
[CrossRef]

D. Weidmann, L. Joly, V. Parpillon, D. Courtois, Y. Bonetti, T. Aellen, M. Beck, J. Faist, and D. Hofstetter, "Free-running 9.1-mm distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser linewidth measurement by heterodyning with a C18O2 laser," Opt. Lett. 28, 704-706 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Flaud, J.-M.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Gade, N.

J. Henrik and N. Gade, "Influence of optical feedback on laser frequency spectrum and threshold conditions," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 19, 465-469 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Gamache, R. R.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Gensty, T.

Gentsy, T.

J. von Staden, T. Gentsy, W. Elsäßer, G. Giuliani, and C. Mann, "Measurements of the a-factor of a DFB-quantum cascade laser by a novel feedback self-mixing technique," Opt. Lett. 31, 2574-2576 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Gentsy and W. Elsäßer, "Semiclassical model for the relative intensity noise of intersubband quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Commun. 256, 171-183 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Gini, E.

R. Maulini, M. Beck, J. Faist, and E. Gini, "Broadband tuning of external cavity bound-to-continuum quantum-cascade lasers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1659-1661 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Giuliani, G.

Gmachl, C.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Goldberg, L.

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Goldman, A.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Hall, J. L.

Hartman, J. S.

Hartmann, J.-M.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Harward, C. N.

Henrik, J.

J. Henrik and N. Gade, "Influence of optical feedback on laser frequency spectrum and threshold conditions," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 19, 465-469 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Henry, C. H.

C. H. Henry and R. F. Kazarinov, "Instability of semiconductor lasers due to optical feedback from distant reflectors," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 22, 294-301 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Hoell, J. M.

Hofstetter, D.

Hutchinson, A. L.

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hwang, H. Y.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Jacquemart, D.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Joly, L.

Jucks, K. W.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kazarinov, R. F.

C. H. Henry and R. F. Kazarinov, "Instability of semiconductor lasers due to optical feedback from distant reflectors," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 22, 294-301 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Kelly, J. F.

Liu, H. C.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Maki, A. G.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Mandin, J.-Y.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Mann, C.

Martini, R.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Massie, S. T.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Maulini, R.

R. Maulini, M. Beck, J. Faist, and E. Gini, "Broadband tuning of external cavity bound-to-continuum quantum-cascade lasers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1659-1661 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Miles, R. O.

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Myers, T. L.

M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Orphal, J.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Paiella, R.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Parpillon, V.

Perrin, A.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Petermann, K.

N. Schunk and K. Petermann, "Numerical analysis of the feedback regimes for a single mode semiconductor laser with external feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1242-1247 (1988).
[CrossRef]

K. Petermann, Laser Diode Modulation and Noise (Kluwer Academic, 1991).

Piazzolla, S.

P. Spano, S. Piazzolla, and M. Tamburrini, "Theory of noise in semiconductor lasers in the presence of optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 20, 350-357 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Ram, R. J.

F. Rana and R. J. Ram, "Current noise and photon noise in quantum cascade lasers," Phys. Rev. B 65, 125313 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rana, F.

F. Rana and R. J. Ram, "Current noise and photon noise in quantum cascade lasers," Phys. Rev. B 65, 125313 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rinsland, C. P.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Rothman, L. S.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Schieder, R.

Schunk, N.

N. Schunk and K. Petermann, "Numerical analysis of the feedback regimes for a single mode semiconductor laser with external feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1242-1247 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Sharpe, S. W.

Silver, J. A.

Sirtori, C.

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sivco, D. L.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Smith, M. A. H.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Sonnabend, G.

Spano, P.

P. Spano, S. Piazzolla, and M. Tamburrini, "Theory of noise in semiconductor lasers in the presence of optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 20, 350-357 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Tamburrini, M.

P. Spano, S. Piazzolla, and M. Tamburrini, "Theory of noise in semiconductor lasers in the presence of optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 20, 350-357 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Taubman, M. S.

M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Taylor, H. F.

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Tennyson, J.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tolchenov, R. N.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Toth, R. A.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Vander Auwera, J.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Varanasi, P.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

von Staden, J.

Wagner, G.

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Weidmann, D.

Weller, J. F.

L. Goldberg, H. F. Taylor, A. Dandridge, J. F. Weller, and R. O. Miles, "Spectral characteristics of semiconductor lasers with optical feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 18, 555-563 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Whittaker, E. A.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Williams, R. M.

M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. M. Williams, J. F. Kelly, J. S. Hartman, S. W. Sharpe, M. S. Taubman, J. L. Hall, F. Capasso, C. Gmachl, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "Kilohertz linewidth from frequency-stabilized mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1844-1846 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Wirtz, D.

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

R. Maulini, M. Beck, J. Faist, and E. Gini, "Broadband tuning of external cavity bound-to-continuum quantum-cascade lasers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1659-1661 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett.

R. Martini, R. Paiella, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, E. A. Whittaker, H. C. Liu, H. Y. Hwang, D. L. Sivco, J. N. Baillargeon, and A. Y. Cho, "High-speed digital data transmission using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers," Electron. Lett. 37, 1290-1292 (2001).
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IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

N. Schunk and K. Petermann, "Numerical analysis of the feedback regimes for a single mode semiconductor laser with external feedback," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1242-1247 (1988).
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C. H. Henry and R. F. Kazarinov, "Instability of semiconductor lasers due to optical feedback from distant reflectors," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 22, 294-301 (1986).
[CrossRef]

J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer

L. S. Rothman, D. Jacquemart, A. Barbe, D. Chris Benner, M. Birk, L. R. Brown, M. R. Carleer, C. Chackerian, K. Chance, L. H. Coudert, V. Dana, V. M. Devi, J.-M. Flaud, R. R. Gamache, A. Goldman, J.-M. Hartmann, K. W. Jucks, A. G. Maki, J.-Y. Mandin, S. T. Massie, J. Orphal, A. Perrin, C. P. Rinsland, M. A. H. Smith, J. Tennyson, R. N. Tolchenov, R. A. Toth, J. Vander Auwera, P. Varanasi, and G. Wagner, "The HITRAN 2004 molecular spectroscopic database," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 96, 139-204 (2005).
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Opt. Commun.

T. Gentsy and W. Elsäßer, "Semiclassical model for the relative intensity noise of intersubband quantum cascade lasers," Opt. Commun. 256, 171-183 (2005).
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F. Rana and R. J. Ram, "Current noise and photon noise in quantum cascade lasers," Phys. Rev. B 65, 125313 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Science

J. Faist, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, C. Sirtori, A. L. Hutchinson, and A. Y. Cho, "Quantum cascade lasers," Science 264, 553-556 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Spectrochim. Acta A

M. S. Taubman, T. L. Myers, B. D. Cannon, and R. M. Williams, "Stabilization, injection and control of quantum cascade lasers, and their application to chemical sensing in the infrared," Spectrochim. Acta A 60, 3457-3468 (2004).
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K. Petermann, Laser Diode Modulation and Noise (Kluwer Academic, 1991).

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Figures (10)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the optical configuration for high-frequency QCL noise measurements. OAPM, OAEM, BS, FTS, and PD are off-axis paraboloidal mirror, off-axis ellipsoidal mirror, beam splitter, Fourier transform spectrometer, and photodiode, respectively.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Intensity-normalized spectrum of QCL emission recorded with a Bruker IFS 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer. The inset plot shows the 3   dB linewidth corresponding to the FTS resolution, the contribution from the laser linewidth being insignificant.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Transmission spectrum of the Doppler-broadened P30 OCS absorption line at room temperature and 0.072 mbar total pressure.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

2 GHz wide spectrum of the high-frequency component of the photocurrent under laser illumination. The resolution bandwidth was 300 kHz. The inset shows a well defined resonance peak at 83 MHz recorded at 3 kHz resolution.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Noise spectra recorded in the 0–200 MHz region for four different injection currents.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

RIN measurements versus injection current and optical power, performed at four different frequencies.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Laser power modulation observed while translating the detector along the optical axis.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

(a) Effect of the OF during a 10 mA current scan. (b) Corresponding recording of the RF power within the detector bandwidth showing noise peaks correlated to the switching from one extended cavity mode to another.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

Evolution of the peak position (left scale) and the FWHM (right scale) of the laser emission spectrum with the injection current, starting from threshold. Transitions from one extended mode to another correspond to a visible step in frequency and in a significant increase of the FWHM in three occasions.

Fig. 10
Fig. 10

Plot similar to Fig. 8, showing the effectiveness of the quarter-wave plate in suppressing OF.

Equations (5)

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Δ ν 2 = α D 2 + Δ ν L 2 ,
RIN ( f ) = 1 I ph 2 [ 10 X ( f ) / 10 G 2 × R × Δ f × 1000 ] ,
RIN T h + s n = 1 I p h 2 ( 4 k B × T R + 2 × e × I Ph ) ,
f EXT ( Δ f Δ ν ) 2 ,
C = L ext n × L 1 R R f EXT ,

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