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Phase noise analysis of a 10-GHz optical injection-locked vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser-based optoelectronic oscillator

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Juan Coronel

Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, 10 Avenue Edouard Belin, Toulouse 31400, France

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Carrera 30 #45-03, Bogotá 111321, Colombia

Margarita Varón

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Carrera 30 #45-03, Bogotá 111321, Colombia

Angélique Rissons

Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, 10 Avenue Edouard Belin, Toulouse 31400, France

Opt. Eng. 55(9), 090504 (Sep 06, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.9.090504
History: Received June 12, 2016; Accepted August 16, 2016
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Abstract.  The optical injection locking (OIL) technique is proposed to reduce the phase noise of a carrier generated for a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)-based optoelectronic oscillator. The OIL technique permits the enhancement of the VCSEL direct modulation bandwidth as well as the stabilization of the optical noise of the laser. A 2-km delay line, 10-GHz optical injection-locked VCSEL-based optoelectronic oscillator (OILVBO) was implemented. The internal noise sources of the optoelectronic oscillator components were characterized and analyzed to understand the noise conversion of the system into phase noise in the oscillator carrier. The implemented OILVBO phase noise was 105.7  dBc/Hz at 10 kHz from the carrier; this value agrees well with the performed simulated analysis. From the computed and measured phase noise curves, it is possible to infer the noise processes that take place inside the OILVBO. As a second measurement of the oscillation quality, a time-domain analysis was done through the Allan’s standard deviation measurement, reported for first time for an optoelectronic oscillator using the OIL technique.

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Juan Coronel ; Margarita Varón and Angélique Rissons
"Phase noise analysis of a 10-GHz optical injection-locked vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser-based optoelectronic oscillator", Opt. Eng. 55(9), 090504 (Sep 06, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.9.090504


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