Abstract

We report a novel quantum dot based laser design where a stable high-Q master laser is used to injection lock a passively mode-locked monolithic colliding pulse slave laser. Coupling between the crossed orthogonal laser cavities is achieved through a common monolithically integrated saturable absorber, which results in the locking and hence reduction of the timing jitter as well as the long-term frequency drift of the slave laser. A stable 30 GHz optical pulse train is generated with more than 10 dB reduction in the RF noise level at 20 MHz offset and close to 3 times reduction in the 10 dB average optical linewidth of the slave laser.

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[CrossRef]

2007

E. U. Rafailov, M. A. Cataluna, and W. Sibbett, Nature Photon. 1, 395 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2002

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[CrossRef]

S. Arahira and Y. Ogawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1983

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Akbulut, M.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
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Alfano, R. R.

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Arahira, S.

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Arcizet, O.

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Bhooplapur, S.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
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Bowers, J. E.

D. J. Derickson, P. A. Morton, J. E. Bowers, and R. L. Thornton, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 3372 (1991).
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Buchert, J.

J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
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Cataluna, M. A.

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Davila-Rodriguez, J.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Davis, L.

Del’Haye, P.

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Delfyett, P.

J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Delfyett, P. J.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
[CrossRef]

B. K. Mathason and P. J. Delfyett, J. Lightwave Technol. 18, 1111 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Derickson, D. J.

D. J. Derickson, P. A. Morton, J. E. Bowers, and R. L. Thornton, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 3372 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Dorsinville, R.

J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Groen, F. H.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

Hänsch, T. W.

Th. Udem, R. Holzwarth, and T. W. Hänsch, Nature 416, 233 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Hoghooghi, N.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Holzwarth, R.

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Th. Udem, R. Holzwarth, and T. W. Hänsch, Nature 416, 233 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kippenberg, T. J.

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Krimchansky, S.

J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Kühlke, D.

D. Kühlke, W. Rudolph, and B. Wilhelmi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 42, 325 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Maleki, L.

Mathason, B. K.

Moerman, I.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

Morton, P. A.

D. J. Derickson, P. A. Morton, J. E. Bowers, and R. L. Thornton, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 3372 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Ogawa, Y.

S. Arahira and Y. Ogawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ozdur, I.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Penty, R. V.

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Rae, A. R.

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Rafailov, E. U.

E. U. Rafailov, M. A. Cataluna, and W. Sibbett, Nature Photon. 1, 395 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Rudolph, W.

D. Kühlke, W. Rudolph, and B. Wilhelmi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 42, 325 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Schliesser, A.

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

E. U. Rafailov, M. A. Cataluna, and W. Sibbett, Nature Photon. 1, 395 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Smit, M. K.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

Thompson, M. G.

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Thornton, R. L.

D. J. Derickson, P. A. Morton, J. E. Bowers, and R. L. Thornton, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 3372 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Udem, Th.

Th. Udem, R. Holzwarth, and T. W. Hänsch, Nature 416, 233 (2002).
[CrossRef]

van Dam, C.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

van der Tol, J. J. G. M.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

van Ham, F. P. G. M.

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

White, I. H.

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Wilhelmi, B.

D. Kühlke, W. Rudolph, and B. Wilhelmi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 42, 325 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Wilken, T.

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Xia, M.

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Yao, X. S.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

D. J. Derickson, P. A. Morton, J. E. Bowers, and R. L. Thornton, Appl. Phys. Lett. 59, 3372 (1991).
[CrossRef]

D. Kühlke, W. Rudolph, and B. Wilhelmi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 42, 325 (1983).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

P. J. Delfyett, I. Ozdur, N. Hoghooghi, M. Akbulut, J. Davila-Rodriguez, and S. Bhooplapur, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 18, 258 (2012).
[CrossRef]

M. G. Thompson, A. R. Rae, M. Xia, R. V. Penty, and I. H. White, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 15, 661 (2009).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

S. Arahira and Y. Ogawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 14, 537 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

Nature

P. Del’Haye, A. Schliesser, O. Arcizet, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, and T. J. Kippenberg, Nature 450, 1214 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Th. Udem, R. Holzwarth, and T. W. Hänsch, Nature 416, 233 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Nature Photon.

E. U. Rafailov, M. A. Cataluna, and W. Sibbett, Nature Photon. 1, 395 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

J. Buchert, R. Dorsinville, P. Delfyett, S. Krimchansky, and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Commun. 52, 433 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Other

C. van Dam, F. P. G. M. van Ham, F. H. Groen, J. J. G. M. van der Tol, I. Moerman, and M. K. Smit, in Proceedings of Conference on Integrated Photonics Research (Optical Society of America, 1996), paper IMH1-1.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic drawing of the experimental setup. FWM, four-wave mixing process; SOA, semiconductor optical amplifier; BS, pellicle beam splitter (928%); λ/2, half-wave plate; ISO, optical isolator; OSA, optical spectrum analyzer.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Spectra of the passively mode-locked high-Q external cavity (master) laser.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Spectra of the passively mode-locked CPM (slave) laser before (in blue) and after (in red) optical injection.

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