Abstract

A polarization-maintained coupled optoelectronic oscillator (COEO) with its performance significantly improved by a short-length unpumped erbium-doped fiber (EDF) is reported and experimentally investigated. A 10 GHz optical pulse train with a supermode suppression ratio of 61.8 dB and a 10 GHz radio frequency signal with a sidemode suppression ratio of 94 dB and a phase noise of −121.9  dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset are simultaneously generated. Thanks to saturable absorption of the 1 m unpumped EDF, which introduces relatively large cavity loss to the undesired modes and noise, the supermode suppression ratio and the phase noise are improved by 9.4 and 7.9 dB, respectively.

© 2018 Chinese Laser Press

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