Abstract

We demonstrate an ultrahigh-speed wavelength-swept semiconductor laser using a polygon-based wavelength scanning filter. With a polygon rotational speed of 900  revolutionspersecond, a continuous wavelength tuning rate of 9200nmms and a tuning repetition rate of 115kHz were achieved. The wavelength tuning range of the laser was 80nm centered at 1325nm, and the average polarized output power was 23mW.

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2005 (1)

W. Y. Oh, S. H. Yun, G. J. Tearney, and B. E. Bouma, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 678 (2005).
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2004 (1)

2003 (3)

1998 (1)

1997 (4)

Boudoux, C.

Bouma, B. E.

Chinn, S. R.

Choma, M. A.

Culverhouse, D. O.

S. H. Yun, D. J. Richardson, D. O. Culverhouse, and B. Y. Kim, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 1087 (1997).
[CrossRef]

de Boer, J. F.

Fercher, A. F.

Fujimoto, J. G.

Golubovic, B.

Hitzenberger, C. K.

Iftimia, N.

Izatt, J. A.

Kim, B. Y.

S. H. Yun, D. J. Richardson, and B. Y. Kim, Opt. Lett. 23, 843 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. H. Yun, D. J. Richardson, D. O. Culverhouse, and B. Y. Kim, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 1087 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kulhavy, M.

Lexer, F.

Oh, W. Y.

W. Y. Oh, S. H. Yun, G. J. Tearney, and B. E. Bouma, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 678 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Richardson, D. J.

S. H. Yun, D. J. Richardson, and B. Y. Kim, Opt. Lett. 23, 843 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. H. Yun, D. J. Richardson, D. O. Culverhouse, and B. Y. Kim, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 1087 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Sarunic, M. V.

Swanson, E.

Tearney, G. J.

Yang, C.

Yun, S. H.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematics of polygon-scanning filter operation. (a) Filter configuration for doubling either the FSR or the wavelength scanning speed. (b) Filter configuration allowing two wavelength sweeps during one polygon facet-to-facet angle rotation by using two end reflectors. (c) Polygon filter configuration for the wavelength sweep rate of 115 kHz .

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the wavelength-swept laser with the polygon-scanning filter of Fig. 1(c): SOA, semiconductor optical amplifier; PCs, polarization controllers.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Oscilloscope trace of the laser output, showing four tuning cycles at a repetition rate of 115 kHz . (b) Integrated laser output spectrum. Solid black curve, laser output with the proposed polygon-scanning filter of Fig. 1(c) for a 115 kHz tuning repetition rate. Gray curve, laser output with the previous filter design[7] using the same optical components. Dashed curve, laser output with the filter design of Fig. 1(a) using the same optical components.

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