Random Turn-On Jitter of a Single-Mode Laser - Modeling and Measurements


  • Przemysław Krehlik AGH, University of Science and Technology




The paper presents experimental verification of Oberman's formula describing a random jitter occurring when a subthreshold biased laser is turned on. The measurements were focused on telecommunication-grade MQW DFB (Multi-Quantum-Well, Distributed Feedback) lasers. For precise characterization of the jitter statistics, 48 hour measurements collecting 200 millions events were performed. It is found that Oberman's formula, even though derived with some questionable simplifications, agrees very well with the experimental data. Particularly, a very good description of probability distribution 'tails' makes the formula useful for bit-error-rate calculations

Full Text: PDF

  1. E. Sackinger, Y. Ota, T. J. Gabara, and W. C. Fischer, "A 15-mW, 155-Mb/s CMOS burst-mode laser driver with automatic power control and end-of-life detection", IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits 35, 269 (2000). [CrossRef]
  2. M. Yano, K. Yamaguchi, and H. Yamashita, FUJITSU Scientific and Technical Journal 35, 56 (1999).
  3. P. Krehlik and Ł. Śliwczyński, Opto-Electronics Review 12, 187 (2004).
  4. P. Krehlik and Ł. Śliwczyński, "Laser driver with subthreshold laser bias and turn-on-delay compensation by prejittering of the modulating current", AEÜ International Journal of Electronics and Communications 60, 331(2006). [CrossRef]
  5. K. Obermann, S. Kindt, and K. Petermann, "Turn-on jitter in zero-biased single-mode semiconductor lasers", IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 8, 746 (1996). [CrossRef]
  6. L. Zei, K. Obermann, T. Czogalla, and K. Petermann, "Turn-on jitter of zero-biased nearly single-mode VCSEL's", IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 11, 6 (1999). [CrossRef]
  7. K. Petermann, Laser diode modulation and noise, Klüwer, Dordrecht, 1991.

Author Biography

Przemysław Krehlik, AGH, University of Science and Technology

research staff




How to Cite

P. Krehlik, “Random Turn-On Jitter of a Single-Mode Laser - Modeling and Measurements”, Photonics Lett. Pol., vol. 1, no. 1, pp. pp. 25–27, Mar. 2009.