High-Speed 9.6-µm Long-Wave Infrared Free-Space Transmission with a Directly-Modulated QCL and a Fully-Passive QCD
Journal of Lightwave Technology 2022
Mahdieh Joharifar, Hamza Delay, Xiaodan Pang, Richard Schatz, Djamal Gacemi, Toms Salgals, Aleksejs Udaļcovs, Yan-Ting Sun, Yuchuan Fan, Lu Zhang, Etienne Rodriguez, Sandis Spolītis, Vjačeslavs Bobrovs, Xianbin Yu, Sebastian Lourdudoss, Sergei Popov, ANgela Vasanelli, Oskars Ozoliņš, Carlo Sirtori

Free-space optics (FSO) in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) contains rich spectral resources for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications yet is currently under-exploited. Two atmospheric transmission windows at the mid-IR, namely, the mid-wave IR (MWIR, 3-5 μm) and the long-wave IR (LWIR, 8-12 μm), show great potential in supporting free-space communications for both terrestrial and space application scenarios. Particularly, the LWIR signal with a longer wavelength has high intrinsic robustness against aerosols' scattering and turbulence-induced scintillation and beam wandering effects, which are the main concerns hindering the wide deployment of practical FSO systems. In this context, high-bandwidth semiconductor-based mid-IR FSO transceivers will be desirable to meet the requirements of low energy consumption and small footprints for large-volume development and deployment. Quantum cascade devices, including quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) and quantum cascade detectors (QCDs), appear promising candidates to fulfill this role. In this work, we report a high-speed LWIR FSO transmission demonstration with a 9.6-μm directly-modulated (DM)-QCL and a fully passive QCD without any active cooling or bias voltage. Up to 8 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s, and 11 Gb/s signal transmissions are achieved when operating the DM-QCL at 10°C, 5°C, and 0°C, respectively. These results indicate a significant step towards an envisioned fully-connected mid-IR FSO solution empowered by the quantum cascade semiconductor devices.

Atslēgas vārdi
Free-space optics, long-wave infrared, quantum cascade laser, quantum cascade detector

Joharifar, M., Delay, H., Pang, X., Schatz, R., Gacemi, D., Salgals, T., Udaļcovs, A., Sun, Y., Fan, Y., Zhang, L., Rodriguez, E., Spolītis, S., Bobrovs, V., Yu, X., Lourdudoss, S., Popov, S., Vasanelli, A., Ozoliņš, O., Sirtori, C. High-Speed 9.6-µm Long-Wave Infrared Free-Space Transmission with a Directly-Modulated QCL and a Fully-Passive QCD. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2022, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1.-6.lpp. ISSN 0733-8724. e-ISSN 1558-2213. Pieejams: doi:10.1109/JLT.2022.3207010

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