Fully stabilized electroabsorption-modulated tunable DBR laser transmitter for long-haul optical communications

John E. Johnson, Leonard J P Ketelsen, David A. Ackerman, Liming Zhang, Mark S. Hybertsen, Kenneth G. Glogovsky, Charles W. Lentz, Waleed A. Asous, C. Lewis Reynolds, J. Michael Geary, Kishore K. Kamath, Chris W. Ebert, Miri Park, George J. Przybylek, Ronald E. Leibenguth, Scott L. Broutin, John W. Stayt, Kevin F. Dreyer, Larry J. Peticolas, Robert L. HartmanThomas L Koch

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We report on a fully functional 2.5-Gb/s electroabsorption (EA)-modulated wavelength-selectable laser module meeting all long-haul transmission requirements for stability, chirp, power, and linewidth over 20 channels on a 50-GHz grid. Based on a highly integrated InP chip comprising a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser, semiconductor optical amplifier, power monitor, and EA-modulator, the compact transmitter module also contains optics and control circuits necessary to ensure simultaneous long-term wavelength and mode stability. We have achieved 2.5-Gb/s transmission on all 20 channels over 680 km of standard fiber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-177
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Integrated optoelectronics
  • Laser tuning
  • Optical communications
  • Optical modulation
  • Semi-conductor optical amplifiers
  • Semiconductor lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Johnson, J. E., Ketelsen, L. J. P., Ackerman, D. A., Zhang, L., Hybertsen, M. S., Glogovsky, K. G., Lentz, C. W., Asous, W. A., Reynolds, C. L., Geary, J. M., Kamath, K. K., Ebert, C. W., Park, M., Przybylek, G. J., Leibenguth, R. E., Broutin, S. L., Stayt, J. W., Dreyer, K. F., Peticolas, L. J., ... Koch, T. L. (2001). Fully stabilized electroabsorption-modulated tunable DBR laser transmitter for long-haul optical communications. IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 7(2), 168-177. https://doi.org/10.1109/2944.954126