Abstract

A simple and seamless broadband optical frequency comb (OFC) generator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated using a Fabry–Perot quantum dot mode-locked laser combined with a dual-driven LiNbO3 Mach–Zehnder modulator driven by a low-power radio frequency (RF) signal. It is experimentally demonstrated that the 10-dB seamless bandwidth of the OFC is 8.2 nm (1.02 THz), which has 62 and 40 comb lines for frequency intervals of 16.56 GHz and 24.84 GHz, respectively. The single-sideband phase noise is as low as 112 and 108  dBc/Hz at an offset of 10 kHz, respectively, for the photodetector-converted 16.56 and 24.84 GHz frequency carriers. Correspondingly, the RF linewidths of the 16.56 GHz and 24.84 GHz carriers are about 251 Hz–263 Hz, respectively. Using a QD laser, an ultra-low phase noise and quasi-tunable broadband OFC generator is obtained easily.

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