Experimental study of VCSEL-based optical frequency comb generators Articles uri icon

publication date

  • November 2014

start page

  • 2118

end page

  • 2121


  • 21


  • 26

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1041-1135

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-0174


  • In this letter, we explore the performance of an optical frequency comb generator (OFCG) sources based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diodes. The direct gain switching (GS) technique, the indirect electro-optical (EO) technique, and a combination of both have been experimentally evaluated. We have observed that this later combination gives birth to an enhanced OFCG that offers a tunable improved comb in terms of frequency span, flatness, and coherence with respect to the sole EO approach, as it partly inherits the high-efficiency qualities of the GS-OFCG while offering a wider span.


  • Electronics


  • optical frequency comb generator; vcsel; gain switching; phase modulator; electro-optical comb