Newkirk, Michael A. and Vahala, Kerry J. (1991) Amplitude-phase decorrelation: a method for reducing intensity noise in semiconductor lasers. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 27 (1). pp. 13-22. ISSN 0018-9197 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:NEWieeejqe91
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It has been shown that the method of amplitude-phase decorrelation can reduce the fundamental intensity noise floor of semiconductor laser light over a wide bandwidth by the ratio 1/(1+α^2), where α is the linewidth enhancement factor. The method uses a dispersive element to convert phase noise into intensity noise. This technique was recently demonstrated by reducing intensity noise from a DFB (distributed feedback) laser as much as 7 dB below its intrinsic level. In the present work, the authors extend these results by characterizing the frequency dependence of the noise reduction. Optimum reduction is achieved in the flat region of the spectrum and diminishes at higher frequencies approaching the relaxation resonance. The correlation properties of the fluctuations are also investigated.
|Additional Information:||© Copyright 1991 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received June 6, 1990; revised August 24, 1990. This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. The work of K.J. Vahala was supported by a Richard P. Feynman Hughes Fellowship. The authors thank H. Blauvelt and J. Paslaski of Ortel Corporation for DFB lasers and mounting the detectors used in the experiment, and J. Dawson for technical assistance.|
|Subject Keywords:||distributed feedback lasers; electron device noise; optical correlation; optical dispersion; semiconductor junction lasers|
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