Frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) microwave generation is studied using a semiconductor laser operating at stabilized period-one (P1) nonlinear dynamics when subject to comb-like (CL) optical injection. The phase locking established between the P1 dynamics and the CL optical injection not only improves the P1 oscillation stability considerably but also provides a mechanism to change the P1 oscillation frequency through varying the modulation frequency of the CL optical injection. As a result, a stable FMCW microwave at a central frequency of up to 40 GHz is generated with its frequency varying linearly, triangularly, or step-wisely over a range of 4 GHz during a repeated time period that can be reconfigured at least from 100 ns to 10 ms. This system is capable of operation up to at least 100 GHz.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics