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Optical injection locking: From principle to applications

Optical injection locking: From principle to applications
Optical injection locking: From principle to applications
This paper reviews optical injection locking (OIL) of semiconductor lasers and its application in optical communications and signal processing. Despite complex OIL dynamics, we attempt to explain the operational principle and main features of the OIL in an intuitive way, aiming at a wide understanding of the OIL phenomenon and its associated techniques in the optic and photonic communities. We review and compare different control techniques that enable robust OIL in practical systems. The applications are reviewed with a focus on new developments in the past decade, under the categories of 'High Speed Directly Modulated Lasers' and 'Optical Carrier Recovery'. Finally, we draw our vision for future research directions.
Carrier recovery, Coherent receiver, Direct modulation, Frequency comb, Laser dynamics, Optical communications, Optical injection locking, Optical transmitters, Time and frequency transfer
0733-8724
43-59
Liu, Zhixin
01f60f1d-54b7-4c19-b3f3-9550f9d77733
Slavík, R.
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Liu, Zhixin
01f60f1d-54b7-4c19-b3f3-9550f9d77733
Slavík, R.
2591726a-ecc0-4d1a-8e1d-4d0fd8da8f7d

Liu, Zhixin and Slavík, R. (2020) Optical injection locking: From principle to applications. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 38 (1), 43-59, [8859279]. (doi:10.1109/JLT.2019.2945718).

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Abstract

This paper reviews optical injection locking (OIL) of semiconductor lasers and its application in optical communications and signal processing. Despite complex OIL dynamics, we attempt to explain the operational principle and main features of the OIL in an intuitive way, aiming at a wide understanding of the OIL phenomenon and its associated techniques in the optic and photonic communities. We review and compare different control techniques that enable robust OIL in practical systems. The applications are reviewed with a focus on new developments in the past decade, under the categories of 'High Speed Directly Modulated Lasers' and 'Optical Carrier Recovery'. Finally, we draw our vision for future research directions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 September 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 October 2019
Published date: January 2020
Keywords: Carrier recovery, Coherent receiver, Direct modulation, Frequency comb, Laser dynamics, Optical communications, Optical injection locking, Optical transmitters, Time and frequency transfer

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Local EPrints ID: 442055
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442055
ISSN: 0733-8724
PURE UUID: d1bf0df2-32fc-46bd-8657-10d41d4a26df
ORCID for R. Slavík: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9336-4262

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2020 16:31
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:01

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Author: Zhixin Liu
Author: R. Slavík ORCID iD

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