Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael C. Pochet, PhD.
Optically injection locked lasers have shown significant improvement in the modulation capabilities of directly modulated lasers. This research creates a direct-modulated optical communications system to investigate the bit-rate distance improvements achievable using optically injected Fabry-Pérot laser diodes. The injection strength and detuning frequency of the injection signal was varied to determine their impact on the optical communication link's characteristics. This research measured a 25 fold increase in bit-rate distance product using optical injection locking as compared to the injected laser's free-running capability. A 57 fold increase was measured in the bit-rate distance product when signal power is considered in a power-penalty measurement. This increased performance is attributed to the injected signals tolerance to dispersion given its reduced linewidth and chirp. This work also investigates the suitability of optical injection for radio over fiber applications using the period-one dynamic of optical injection. The all-optically generated, widely tunable microwave subcarrier frequency, well above the 3-dB cutoff frequency of the laser's packaging electronics, was modulated with the same baseband electronics. This optically carried, ultra-wide spread spectrum signal was transported over 50km of standard-single-mode fiber. After detection at a high-speed photo- detector and the baseband modulation component was removed, the resultant signal was found to be suitable for broadcasting with an antenna or added to a frequency division multiplexed channel.
DTIC Accession Number
Locke, Timothy P., "Improvements to Optical Communication Capabilities Achieved through the Optical Injection of Semiconductor Lasers" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1130.