Abstract

Single section quantum dash (QDash) mode locked lasers (MLL) can provide a flat and broadband optical frequency comb with low energy consumption, operational simplicity and large-scale low-cost production possibilities. MLL longitudinal modes can be employed as single carriers with a regular spectral spacing in a dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) link, making them promising components for next generation DWDM transceivers. However, individual modes of a MLL suffer from relatively high phase noise while high capacity coherent transmission requires carriers with low phase noise. Optical feedback, which is a well-known method to reduce the linewidth of a single mode laser, can be used to stabilize comb lasers. This article reports on the investigation of phase noise properties of comb lines delivered from a single section QDash MLL under optical feedback and shows that each MLL longitudinal mode optical linewidth can be drastically narrowed. It enables coherent transmission with extended link budget over 50 km at Tbit/s line rates.

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