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Opt Lett. 2007 Jul 1;32(13):1917-9.

Optical generation of a precise microwave frequency comb by harmonic frequency locking.

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  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095-1594, USA.


A semiconductor laser under negative optoelectronic feedback is applied to the generation of a microwave frequency comb through the nonlinear dynamics. The laser system is operated in a harmonic frequency-locked pulsing state, where its power spectrum is a microwave frequency comb that consists of multiples of a locking frequency. Every frequency component of the comb can be simultaneously stabilized by simply injecting an external microwave modulation at any component of the comb. This phenomenon can be viewed as a kind of microwave injection locking of the laser dynamics.

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