Accession Number : ADA313759

Title :   Multiwavelength Distributed Feed Back Laser Array Transmitters for Optical Network Technology Consortium Reconfigurable Optical Network Testbed.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB FORT MONMOUTH NJ

Personal Author(s) : Lee, T. P. ; Zah, C. E. ; Bhat, R. ; Young, W. C. ; Pathak, B.

PDF Url : ADA313759

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : We discuss the design, fabrication, and performance of multiwavelength laser array transmitters that have been used in the reconfigurable optical network testbed for the Optical Network Technology Consortium (ONTC). The experimental 4-node multiwavelength network testbed is SONET/ATM compatible. It has employed multiwavelength DFB laser arrays with 4 nm wavelength spacing for the first time. The testbed has demonstrated that multiwavelength DFB laser arrays are indeed practical and reproducible. For the DFB laser arrays used in such a network the precise wavelength spacing in the array and the absolute wavelength control are the most challenging tasks. We have obtained wavelength accuracy better than + or - 0.35 nm for all lasers, with some registered to better than + or - 0.2 nm. We have also studied the array yield of our devices and used wavelength redundancy to improve the array yield. Coupling efficiencies between -2.1 to -4.5 dB for each wavelength channel have been obtained. It is achieved by using specially designed lensed fiber arrays placed on a silicon V-grooved substrate to exactly match the laser spacing. The transmitter consisted of a multichip module containing a DFB laser array, an 8-channel driver array based on GaAs ICs, and associated RF circuitry.

Descriptors :   *SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS, COUPLING(INTERACTION), TEST BEDS, ARRAYS, EFFICIENCY, CHIPS(ELECTRONICS), PHOTONICS, CHANNELS.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE