Abstract

We report femtosecond pulses from a passive C-band two-section AlGaInAs/InP mode-locked laser with a monolithically integrated passive waveguide made by quantum well intermixing. Without any external pulse compression, Lorentzian pulses are generated at a repetition frequency of 38GHz with 490 fs pulse duration, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the shortest pulse from any directly electrically pumped quantum well semiconductor mode-locked laser. The mode-locking range is relatively large and the ultranarrow pulse width is very stable over a broad range of driving conditions.

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