Repetition rate control of optical self-injected passively mode-locked quantum-well lasers: experiment and simulation

D. Auth1, L. Drzewietzki1, C. Weber1, A. Klehr2, A. Knigge2 and S. Breuer1

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Electron. Lett., vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 374-376 (2018).

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The pulse repetition rate (RR) tuning and locking range (LR) as well as the pulse train timing stability of passively mode-locked quantum-well (QW) semiconductor lasers (SCLs) subject to single-cavity optical self-feedback (OFB) are investigated experimentally and by simulations. A simple and universal stochastic time-domain model confirms the experimentally observed RR control and LR as well as timing jitter (TJ) improvement in QW SCLs subject to very long OFB cavities with lengths up to 73.1 m. In particular, the model allows predicting control potential and limits of the RR tuning, locking and TJ improvement depending on the choice of OFB delay length for time-delay mode- locked semiconductor laser stabilisation experiments.

1 Institute of Applied Physics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schlossgartenstraße 7, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
2 Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Straße 4, D-12489 Berlin, Germany