Mode-locked ring lasers and their application in an all-optical flipflop memory

Conference Contribution

Yang, X., Tangdiongga, E., Zhang, S., Li, Z., Hill, M.T., Lenstra, D., Khoe, G.D. & Dorren, H.J.S. (2004). Mode-locked ring lasers and their application in an all-optical flipflop memory. Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON 2004), Wroclaw, Poland, July 4-8, 2004, volume 2 (pp. 303-308). (TH.C.2).

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Abstract

 

We demonstrate the generation of picosecond and sub-picosecond optical pulses source by using a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) placed in a ring cavity. Sub-picosecond optical pulses are generated by using an SOA and a linear polarizer placed in a passively mode-locked ring-laser configuration. Nonlinear polarization rotation in the SOA serves as the mode-locking mechanism. The ring cavity generates pulses with duration below 800 fs (FWHM) at a repetition rate of 14 MHz. We also demonstrate an all-optical flip-flop based on two coupled identical actively mode-locked lasers. Each ring-laser outputs optical pulses with duration of 3 ps (FWHM) at a repetition rate of 10 GHz. We demonstrate flip-flop operation and regular toggling between the states.