Abstract

A fast dual-mode-locked akinetic optical swept source in the 1550-nm wavelength band is presented that is tested up to a sweep rate of 797 KHz. It comprises a voltage-controlled oscillator-driven wideband semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) along with a dispersion compensation fiber, in a ring laser configuration. A Faraday rotating mirror is employed in the cavity as a reflective element in order to achieve better polarization control. By driving the SOA at a high-MHz-frequency value multiple of the resonant frequency fR, equal to the inverse round trip time, a first-mode locking mechanism is imposed. A second locking mechanism consists in sweeping the radio frequency of the locking signal at a rate slightly detuned from fR. A dynamic linewidth of 0.8 nm is assessed by measuring the decay of interference signal strength versus optical path difference in a Mach–Zehnder interferometer.

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Proc. SPIE (1)

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. AKSS configuration.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Linewidth versus mode-locking frequency in the static regime (A).
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. Dynamic sweep optical output using the 1st mode-locking mechanism only.
Fig. 4.
Fig. 4. (Left) DML AKSS tuning bandwidth (blue dotted line) and output power versus detuning (red solid line); (right) DML optical spectrum in the dynamic regime for a cavity length determining an f R = 782 kHz , for detuning δ f R = + 1 , + 5 , + 10 , and + 15 kHz , respectively.
Fig. 5.
Fig. 5. Dynamic output measured for δ f R = 1 kHz , 5 kHz, and respectively, 10 KHz.
Fig. 6.
Fig. 6. AKSS optical output power (dashed blue line) and tuning bandwidth (solid red line) versus the amplitude of the ramp applied to the VCO input for a detuning of 5 kHz (left), respectively, 10 kHz (right).
Fig. 7.
Fig. 7. (left) Decay of modulation intensity with increasing OPD; (right) A-scan pulse width versus OPD.

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f R = c n L ,
Δ λ = n 0 c D f m 0 Δ f m ,
Δ λ max = 1 | D | L f m 0 .
Δ λ = Δ F f R C m · δ f R · δ λ ,

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