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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2007
  • pp: 7262–7266

Theoretical study on polarization dynamics of VCSELs with negative optoelectronic feedback

Wei Li Zhang, Wei Pan, Bin Luo, Xiao Feng Li, Xi Hua Zuo, and Meng Yao Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 29, pp. 7262-7266 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.007262


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Abstract

We investigate theoretically the polarization dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) subjected to negative optoelectronic feedback. As we vary the feedback delay and strength, the VCSEL exhibits interesting nonlinear dynamics in the two-linear polarized directions. The output instability and negative current modulation induced by delayed feedback can also cause polarization switching (PS) to happen. In addition, we investigate the case when the free-running VCSEL emits in the modulated-elliptical state and find that the laser experiences in succession the elliptical polarization, the x-mode polarization, and the mixed-mode polarization states with an increasing feedback strength.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2007
Published: October 5, 2007

Citation
Wei Li Zhang, Wei Pan, Bin Luo, Xiao Feng Li, Xi Hua Zuo, and Meng Yao Wang, "Theoretical study on polarization dynamics of VCSELs with negative optoelectronic feedback," Appl. Opt. 46, 7262-7266 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-29-7262


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