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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Electrical and electronic engineering

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Optical Engineering, Vol. 33 (12), December, 1994. doi:10.1117/12.186416 Available from the Publisher here


The effect of short- and long-term frequency instability in self pulsation on all-optical synchronization using a twin-section laser diode is experimentally investigated. Short-term frequency instability broadens the unlocked full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the fundamental of the rf spectrum of the self-pulsating laser diode. We show experimentally that the value of the unlocked FWHM, and thus the level of short-term instability, has a direct effect on the optical power required to maintain synchronization. A novel means of reducing the FWHM is presented based on a reflective transmission line stub connected to the absorber of the twin-section self-pulsating laser diode in use. A reduction of up to 5 dB in the average optical power required for effective synchronization is observed. Long-term frequency instability can prevent synchronization from taking place because of the limited lock-in frequency range of a self-pulsating laser diode. It is shown that for the devices used here, the dominant cause of long-term instability is temperature. A new method of sensing the temperature in a twin-section laser, called absorber current temperature sensing, which reduces the measured unsynchronized frequency drift by more than 5:1 is demonstrated. The results have important implications for the design of new all-optical synchronization sub systems, based on self-pulsating laser diodes.