Linewidth enhancement factor and dynamical response of an injection-locked quantum-dot Fabry-Perot laser at 1310nm

M. Pochet, N. A. Naderi, N. Terry, V. Kovanis, L. F. Lester

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This work investigates the linewidth enhancement factor (alpha-factor) and stability of an optically-injected InAs/InGaAs quantum-dot Fabry-Perot laser. Using the injection-locking technique, the above threshold alpha-factor is measured to be as low as 0.6 at 1.3X the threshold current. The below threshold alpha-factor is also measured using the Hakki-Paoli technique. The measured alpha-factor values are used to simulate the dynamic response (stable locking, period-one, period-doubling, or chaos) in the context of single-mode rate equations under zero-detuning injection conditions for external injected power ratios ranging from -11dB to +15dB and slave current bias levels of 1.3X, 2X, and 2.6X threshold. Legacy literature has shown that optically-injected diode lasers typically follow the period-doubling route into a chaotic region as the injection level is increased. Simulations show that at 2X the threshold current, a small region of period-one operation will be observed followed by stable-locking as the injection ratio is increased. This predominantly stable behavior is driven largely by the low alpha-factor. Experimental results support this prediction, where under zero-detuning conditions, only unlocked and stable-locking operation is observed. Experimentally, periodone operation was not observed at a slave laser bias current of 2X threshold, as it was predicted to occur below an external power ratio of -20 dB, a level which was not attainable in this work. Such findings suggest that a quantum-dot device can be employed in an optically-injected configuration for photonic tunable-clock applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNovel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers IX
Publication statusPublished - May 3 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventNovel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers IX - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2010Jan 28 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherNovel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers IX
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • Linewidth enhancement factor
  • Optical-injection
  • Quantum-dot
  • Semiconductor laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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