Optical Sampling System Using Compact and Stable External-Cavity Mode-Locked Laser-Diode Modules

Masayuki SHIRANE  Yoichi HASHIMOTO  Hirohito YAMADA  Hiroyuki YOKOYAMA  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.7   pp.1173-1180
Publication Date: 2004/07/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Ultrafast Photonics)
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optical sampling,  mode-locking,  eye pattern,  four-wave mixing,  all-optical clock recovery,  optical gate,  

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Summary: 
A compact and stable optical sampling measurement system with a temporal resolution of 2 ps has been developed. External-cavity mode-locked laser-diode (EC-MLLD) modules, which directly generate coherent 2-ps optical pulses, were used as the optical sampling pulse sources. Real-time measurement of the recovery dynamics in semiconductor saturable absorber devices has been achieved by optical sampling combined with the pump-probe method. An EC-MLLD module was also utilized for simple sub-harmonic all-optical clock recovery based on the synchronization of the mode-locking operation by optical-pulse injection. Optical sampling measurement of 160-Gbit/s return-to-zero signals incorporating all-optical clock recovery has been demonstrated.