Microwave intensity and frequency modulation of heteroepitaxial-ridge- overgrown distributed feedback lasers

J. E. Bowers, W. T. Tsang, T. L. Koch, N. A. Olsson, R. A. Logan

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The intensity and frequency modulation response of heteroepitaxial-ridge- overgrown distributed feedback lasers are characterized as a function of modulation frequency from 0.2 to as high as 17 GHz. Small-signal intensity modulation measurements show a -3 dB frequency of 7.1 GHz. Efficient frequency modulation (>0.1 GHz/mA) is demonstrated for modulation frequencies up to 13 GHz. A new standard for comparing semiconductor lasers, the chirp to modulated power ratio, is suggested as a means of comparing semiconductor lasers and as an aid to understanding the interaction of FM and IM in a semiconductor laser.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-235
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985
Externally publishedYes


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