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Systematic characterization of a 1550 nm microelectromechanical (MEMS)-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) with 7.92 THz tuning range for terahertz photomixing systems

Haidar, Mohammad Tanvir ; Preu, Sascha ; Cesar, Julijan ; Paul, Sujoy ; Hajo, Ahid S. ; Neumeyr, Christian ; Maune, Holger ; Küppers, Franko (2021):
Systematic characterization of a 1550 nm microelectromechanical (MEMS)-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) with 7.92 THz tuning range for terahertz photomixing systems. (Publisher's Version)
In: Journal of Applied Physics, 123 (2), pp. 1-9. American Institute of Physics (AIP), ISSN 0021-8979, e-ISSN 1089-7550,
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00017607,
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Title: Systematic characterization of a 1550 nm microelectromechanical (MEMS)-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) with 7.92 THz tuning range for terahertz photomixing systems
Language: English
Abstract:

Continuous-wave (CW) terahertz (THz) photomixing requires compact, widely tunable, mode-hop-free driving lasers. We present a single-mode microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) featuring an electrothermal tuning range of 64 nm (7.92 THz) that exceeds the tuning range of commercially available distributed-feedback laser (DFB) diodes (∼4.8 nm) by a factor of about 13. We first review the underlying theory and perform a systematic characterization of the MEMS-VCSEL, with particular focus on the parameters relevant for THz photomixing. These parameters include mode-hop-free CW tuning with a side-mode-suppression-ratio >50 dB, a linewidth as narrow as 46.1 MHz, and wavelength and polarization stability. We conclude with a demonstration of a CW THz photomixing setup by subjecting the MEMS-VCSEL to optical beating with a DFB diode driving commercial photomixers. The achievable THz bandwidth is limited only by the employed photomixers. Once improved photomixers become available, electrothermally actuated MEMS-VCSELs should allow for a tuning range covering almost the whole THz domain with a single system.

Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Applied Physics
Journal volume: 123
Number: 2
Publisher: American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Classification DDC: 600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 600 Technik
600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften
Divisions: 18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute for Microwave Engineering and Photonics > Microwave Engineering
18 Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology > Institute for Microwave Engineering and Photonics > Photonics and Optical Communications
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 11:58
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 11:58
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00017607
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URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-176071
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/17607
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