Title

Measurement of the Spectral Linewidth of Semiconductor Lasers for use with Coherent Optical Communication Systems

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1987

Abstract

Semiconductor laser diodes with narrow linewidths (10 kHz-10 MHz) are essential for coherent fiber optical communication systems. Linewidth measurement techniques fall into three groups. We discuss each group and then focus our attention on the unbalanced interferometric method. We have developed, theoretically, the correlated unbalanced interferometric method and show that the envelope function of the beat signal is the Fourier transform of the original laser lineshape. We also propose novel approaches to the linewidth measurement techniques, such as serial use of two acoustooptic modulators for crosscorrelation measurement and combination of Mach-Zehnder and Sagnac interferometers. Copyright © 1987 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Publication Title

IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

Volume

IM-36

Issue

4

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