Abstract

An ultrafast optical frequency sweeping technique for narrow linewidth lasers is reported. This technique exploits the large frequency modulation bandwidth of a wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and a high speed electro-optic dual parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator (DPMZM) which works on the state of carrier suppressed single sideband modulation(CS-SSB). Optical frequency sweeping of a narrow linewidth fiber laser with 3.85 GHz sweeping range and 80GHz/μs tuning speed is demonstrated, which is an extremely high tuning speed for frequency sweeping of narrow linewidth lasers. In addition, injection locking technique is adopted to improve the sweeper’s low optical power output and small side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR).

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Johansson, L.

Johnson, D. M. S.

Kasevich, M. A.

Kawanishi, T.

T. Kawanishi, T. Sakamoto, and M. Izutsu, “Fast optical frequency sweep for ultra-fine real-time spectral domain measurement,” Electron. Lett. 42(17), 999 (2006).
[Crossref]

Kim, D. Y.

Kuo, B. P.-P.

Kurokawa, T.

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Riis, E.

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T. Shioda, T. Yamamoto, T. Sugimoto, Y. Tanaka, K. Higuma, and T. Kurokawa, “1 MHz-resolution spectroscopy based on light frequency sweeping using a single-sideband optical modulator,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 46(6A6A No. 6A), 3626–3629 (2007).
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Chin. Opt. Lett. (1)

Y. Wang, Q. Qiu, S. Shi, J. Su, Y. Liao, and C. Xiong, “High-precision optical phase-locking based on wideband acousto-optical frequency shifting,” Chin. Opt. Lett. 12, 1671–7694 (2014).

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T. Kawanishi, T. Sakamoto, and M. Izutsu, “Fast optical frequency sweep for ultra-fine real-time spectral domain measurement,” Electron. Lett. 42(17), 999 (2006).
[Crossref]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (1)

T. Shioda, T. Yamamoto, T. Sugimoto, Y. Tanaka, K. Higuma, and T. Kurokawa, “1 MHz-resolution spectroscopy based on light frequency sweeping using a single-sideband optical modulator,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 46(6A6A No. 6A), 3626–3629 (2007).
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Figures (8)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Schematic of the fast optical frequency sweeping using injection locking with dual parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator driven by VCO; VCO: voltage controlled oscillator; BPF: band pass filter; Det: detector; DFB laser: distributed feedback laser; DAC: digital to analog converter
Fig. 2
Fig. 2 (a) VCO FM magnitude response measurement setup; (b) FM magnitude response of the VCO; AWG: arbitrary waveform generator; VCO: voltage controlled oscillator; PD: photo-detector; DPMZM: dual parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator
Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Output swept optical spectrum directly from DPMZM
Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Linewidth of (a) the free-running slave laser and (b) the injection locked slave laser
Fig. 5
Fig. 5 Measurement of the pre-compensation current signal on the slave laser
Fig. 6
Fig. 6 Output frequency spectrum of the sweeper
Fig. 7
Fig. 7 Output signal of the interferometer and voltage signal fed to VCO
Fig. 8
Fig. 8 Optical frequency variation and frequency tuning speed of high speed optical frequency sweeping

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