Suppressing the Nonlinearity of Free Running VCSEL Using Selective-Optical Feedback

Salam Nazhan, Zabih Ghassemlooy, Krishna Busawon, Asghar Gholami

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In this letter, the nonlinear dynamics of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subjected to the optical feedback and a modulation signal is investigated experimentally. For this purpose, orthogonal polarization optical feedback (OOF) and parallel polarization optical feedback, which are defined by a T-shaped feedback scheme, are employed. The result obtained show that the nonlinearity of the VCSEL is entirely supressed and the 3-dB bandwidth is enhanced with the OOF. We show that the harmonics distortions are significantly improved with the $2^{mathrm {nd}}$ , $3^{mathrm {rd}}$ , and $4^{mathrm {th}}$ harmonics components of the VCSEL’s polarization modes reduced to the noise floor. Essentially, the OOF is proposed as a new tool to improve the linear dynamic range and the analogue performance of the VCSEL.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016


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