All-optical synchronization of self-pulsating laser diodes
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Citation:Egan, A.; Harley-Stead, M.; Rees, P.; Lynch, S.; McEvoy, P.; O'Gorman, J.; Hegarty, J., All-optical synchronization of self-pulsating laser diodes, Applied Physics Letters, 68, 25, 1996, 3534, 3536
We examine the behavior of self-pulsating laser diodes when injected with periodic optical signals. We experimentally and theoretically investigate the phase difference between the injected optical signal and the synchronized self-pulsating laser diode emission. We explore the phase difference dependence on detuning between the laser free-running self-pulsation frequency and the applied signal frequency, and on the injected signal power. The determined sensitive dependence of the phase difference on these factors has important consequences when self-pulsating lasers are used as optical signal processing elements in all-optical communication networks, where such sensitivity may lead to timing problems.
Series/Report no:Applied Physics Letters