Abstract

We demonstrate heterodyne mixing of two free-running, multimode, 3.3-THz quantum cascade lasers by use of a point-contact Schottky diode. By temperature tuning the emission wavelength of one laser, a difference frequency signal spanning the 2–4-GHz range is obtained, with a signal-to-noise ratio of 30 dB. The frequency of the heterodyne signal is subject to random fluctuations of a few megahertz, principally from instabilities in the temperatures of the devices. From single-shot measurements we derive an instantaneous linewidth for a single Fabry–Perot mode of 20 kHz, corresponding to an integration time of 3.6 ms.

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